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Day 125, Take Me to Your Leader – Spoiler Alert

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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

Day 124, Code Snowdrop! – Spoiler Alert

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Meet Jupiter Peacebloom on the hill overlooking Hillcrest. It’s time to attempt a rescue mission!

Code Snowdrop… CODE SNOWDROP!!

jupiter_peacebloom

We’re going to rescue Herman, you say? Who’s Herman?

Meh, doesn’t matter. If it’s Code Snowdrop then there’s no time to waste!

Tell me what’s happened, and give me the short version so we don’t waste any more time.

Okay, I get it. You and Herman rode along the secret pathway over the Greydew Mountains, ended up in GED’s restricted area, Herman was captured by their guards, giving himself up so you could escape.

Sounds like a good guy, I understand why you’d want to save him!

Okay. I don’t know where they’re keeping him prisoner, so we have to work that out first. Follow me and we’ll sneak down to the fence. I know a way into their compound.

Objectives: Meet Jupiter Peacebloom by the gate which leads to GED’s area.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Ride down the hill and speak to Jupiter near the fence.

jupiter_peacebloom

Nobody saw you, right?

Quest completed

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The Key to GED

jupiter_peacebloom

I can’t see Herman, can you?

Yep. They must have him locked up farther into the compound. This won’t be easy, the place is crawling with GED guards.

How are we gonna get in? Haha, don’t worry about that. As it happens I have a key with me so we can get in.

Here, take a look…

Haha yep. A proper bolt cutter. There’s nothing it can’t open!

Okay Rita, take the bolt cutters and cut a hole in the fence. I’ll keep a lookout while you’re at it.

Objectives: Cut open a hole in the fence around GED’s compound.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Bolt cutters can cut through solid wood planks. Yep, makes sense to me…

jupiter_peacebloom

It went well, completely silent!

Quest completed

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Past the Guards to the Lookout…

jupiter_peacebloom

Okay, we have to find Herman as quickly as we can, but it’s a pretty big compound…

We’ll climb up the side of this building here and see if we can see him from up there. Hmm…

Sounds like a plan, right? I’ll sneak along first, you follow.

What’ll happen if the guards get you? Haha! Don’t worry about that. They don’t know who you are, they’ll just throw you out of the compound.

You’ve seen the huge thick black glasses they all wear, right? You haven’t thought about it? 

Haha!!

GED are so nervous that somebody will leak their corporate secrets that they decided all their guards have to wear them. They can’t see more than a few feet in front of them. GED are more worried about their own people than they are about us, which isn’t so strange considering the way they treat their employees. I’m not complaining though, haha!

Come on, follow me!

Objectives: Sneak past GED’s guards and meet Jupiter Peacebloom at the agreed meeting place.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 20 with Epona

Sneaky, sneaky! Follow the checkpoints to find your way to Jupiter. Avoid the guards, they have their vision boundaries circling around them. Stay out of the boundary to cross the compound undetected. If you are seen, you will be removed from the grounds and have to start the quest over again.

jupiter_peacebloom

Great, nobody seems to have seen us.

Quest completed

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Blind Moles and Sandy Beaches

jupiter_peacebloom

I still can’t see Herman anywhere… Still, I think I know where we should go from here. See that tall building over there? The roof is the highest point in the complex so we’ll be able to see everything from up there.

See the building I mean? 

Good. We’ll meet at the bottom of it. I’ll sneak over there first, and you follow once the coast is clear.

Remember, even though the guards see worse than blind moles on a sunny, sandy beach, don’t get too close to them. If they catch sight of you, they’ll throw you out in a heartbeat.

Good luck, Rita!

Objectives: Sneak past GED’s guards and meet Jupiter at the agreed spot.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 20 with Epona

Sneaky, sneaky, again.

jupiter_peacebloom

Great, nobody seems to have seen us so far.

Now we just need to get to the top of this building.

Quest completed

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Past the Guards, Up to the Top!

jupiter_peacebloom

Okay. We might be able to see Herman from the roof of the building there. It’s not possible to get any higher up here.

We’ll do just as we did before, I’ll sneak past first and you follow, okay? Good luck!

Objectives: Follow Jupiter and meet him at the top of the building.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP

Reputation: 40 with Epona

Away we go!

Haha! Your plan worked Rita! I can see Herman from here, look…

Quest completed

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Sneak After Jupiter Again…

So, now we’ve found Herman, but I’m not too sure how exactly we’ll get him out. Any ideas Rita?

You’re thinking about it? Let me know when you’ve come up with something…

We can’t get him out of here just any old way, so it’s just as well that we get a little closer. We’ll meet down at the bottom of the building, and you can be thinking of a plan on the way down, okay?

Ready? I’ll sneak down first and you follow. As usual. We’re used to this now, huh? Haha!

Objectives: Follow Jupiter down and meet him at the bottom of the building.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Here we go again…

jupiter_peacebloom

Shh… There are guards everywhere, there’s no way to get past them. Maybe we need to give up? Ugh, I hate it when it gets like this, but I think we’re finished here… Grr…

What? You’ve got an idea?

Ugh! I hate this! We’re so close, but we’ll never get there. GED are blocking our ways in!

I should calm down? Okay, okay.

Quest completed

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Jupiter’s Diversion

jupiter_peacebloom

I should calm down and listen to your plan? Right, okay, I’m listening…

Hmm… You’ll create a diversion and catch the attention of the guards, then I sneak ahead to Herman and cut open the locks to his cage. Have I got that right?

Hmm… I dunno Rita…

Okay, we’ll give it a shot!

But wait, I’ll make the diversion so you can go save Herman. He knows you; if I show up, he might think it’s one of GED’s dirty tricks.

Here are the bolt cutters. Hope to see you again Rita. I’m off!

Objectives: Talk to Herman. He’s trapped in a cage in GED’s compound.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Watch Jupiter run off with the guards trailing behind him, then run up the hill to greet Herman in the sad little prison.

herman

Rita! What are you doing here?

Quest completed

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What Happened to Old Hillcrest?

herman

What are you doing here Rita?!

You’re saving me? Cutting open the locks so I can escape?!

Maybe later, but right now you have to listen to me. What I’m about to tell you is more important than my rescue!

I’ve been listening to the guards while they’ve been talking to each other Rita. Just bits of overheard conversations, but I think I’m starting to understand a little bit of what’s happened here in Hillcrest. GED have found something inside the rocks around here Rita, something so valuable that they’ll stop at nothing to get it.

I don’t know what it is, some kind of mineral or special met I think. GED have a codeword for it, they’re calling it Drakonium after Ms Drake. 

Nobody seems to know what it can be used for, but GED stand to ruin all their competitors and be the world’s most powerful corporation if they get their hands on it.

It’s because of the Drakonium that they’ve forced out all the residents of Hillcrest and started the mine here. Something happened though as their drills finally got down to the Drakonium… Something terrible…

In the middle of their celebration of finally reaching the Drakonium, a huge and violent explosion was heard deep inside the ground. The earth shook and a mysterious purple mist started to pour out of the mine. It spread all across Hillcrest and lay like a heavy blanket over the top of the rocks. All the GED people tried to escape, but not all of them made it before the mist swept over them. Nobody has heard anything from those who were left, they seemed to get swallowed up by the earth…

It’s no longer possible to see any of Hillcrest through the mist, but sometimes it’s possible to hear sad, desperate cries from below. I’ve heard them myself Rita, and it’s bloodcurdling. 

All of Old Hillcrest is now lost, and there’s not a living soul to be found there anymore. The mine they built is closed, and all the staff have fled from the area. Instead of carrying on drilling, they’ve built a huge wall around Hillcrest.

You’ll try to cut open the locks now? Okay, well hurry. I’ve got more to tell you…

Objectives: Cut open the lock to Herman’s cage.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Use the bolt cutters to try and cut open the lock.

herman

It didn’t work? Sigh. Keep trying Rita, and I’ll tell you more while you’re at it.

Quest completed

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More Important Than Freedom

herman

Listen now, this is really important.

GED are preparing to take back Hillcrest. It’s why they’ve got so many staff here, and reinforcements are on the way. If I’ve heard correctly, there’s more or less an army on the way here to attack the village and the mine. 

I don’t know what’s in there, but it seems as though GED thinks some rival company is making a very aggressive take-over attempt on the mine. They believe the mist is some kind of gas, and that the sounds from the village are just recordings designed to frighten them. I don’t know how they’re thinking, but whatever got out in Hillcrest is something much worse than just a competing corporation, I can tell you. Whatever’s up there isn’t after money. It wants blood…

If GED succeeded in taking back Hillcrest, they’ll reopen the mine and become the most powerful company in the world. Harvest Counties and Jorvik don’t stand much of a chance after that…

Sigh. Rita, you haven’t got time to waste trying to save me anymore, GED’s guards will be along soon and they’ll catch you. You need to get out of here and tell Mrs X everything I just told you, it’s more important than me escaping.

I can tell her myself, you say? You’re going to try cutting the lock open with the bolt cutters again? I’ve always like that you’re such an optimist Rita. Hoho!

Objectives: Cut open the lock to Herman’s cage.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Give the bolt cutters one more try.

herman

It didn’t work?

Quest completed

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Herman Disappears Again

herman

You need to tell Mrs X about the Drakonium, tell her about what happened with Hillcrest and GED’s plans to take back the mine! It’s more important than anything else!

You’re going to give the lock one last try? You’ve almost cut through it?

Wait…

What was that?

The crane! They’re lifting me away!

Quick Rita, get out of here! You can’t save me now, but we’ll see each other again, I promise!

Get to Mrs X and save the Harvest Counties!

Never give up the fight!

Objectives: Get up onto Summerblaze.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Bye bye Herman 😦

As Herman is lifted away, guards approach to stop you and your horse rushes to your rescue!

horse

Neeeiiigghhhh!!

Summerblaze looks at you with determination. Together you can do this!

Quest completed

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Escape From Hillcrest. Again.

horse

Neigh!!

You and Summerblaze are an unbeatable team! Escape the compound!

Objectives: Escape from GED’s compound then talk to Jupiter Peacebloom.

Rewards: 75 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Catch me now, suckers! Viva la Jorvik!!

Escape the compound as you did when you first journeyed to Epona. When you have made it to the other side of the fence, find Jupiter back up on the hill where you first spoke to him.

herman

Rita! You made it…

Where’s Herman?

Sigh.

They moved him before you could get him out…

Quest completed

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Back to New Hillcrest

herman

We did our best Rita, but it wasn’t enough. I hate it when this happens!

Sigh.

The only thing we can do now is to report what happened to Mrs X.

You want to come along?

Sorry, but that’s not part of the plan. Only the inner circle of CHILL’s members get to meet her.

Ride back to Sunshine in New Hillcrest. If it was her who sent you here, it might be that she’s got orders from Mrs X about what happens next with you.

Maybe we’ll meet again Rita, but probably not. Friends aren’t something we’ve really got time for in CHILL.

Objectives: Ride to New Hillcrest and talk to Sunshine Joytree.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Mission failed, time to go report back..

sunshine_joytree

La la la…

How did it all go?

Badly? Dum dee dum… The mission was a failure, you say?

La dee da, that’s a shame…

What’s that? You’ve got important information from Herman to give to Mrs X? Humm dee dumm… You didn’t have time to tell Jupiter before he rushed off, you say?

La dee do dee da…

Come back tomorrow Rita… I’ll ask Mrs X if she might be able to meet you after all…

Quest completed

Return to Sunshine Joytree tomorrow.

Day 123, Learning the Way of the Horse – Epona Spoiler Alert

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Of Course Horses Can Do Push-Ups

ricky_winterwell

37… 38… 39… Whew! Hold on, one more… URGH!

Pfff!! Nah, it’s not happening. I can’t do any more. Whew.

That was tough. That was harder than I ever remember it being.

How’s the training going, you ask? Well, yeah… Umm… Okay?

Umm, how’s it been going for you? How many push-ups have you done today? 

HA! Seems like I beat you by quite  few lengths there! You and Summerblaze are gonna have to do more push-ups than that to be able to beat me!

What? Horses can’t do push-ups? Pff, details, details. You can’t just explain things with words…

Come on now Rita and Summerblaze! Let’s see what you can do! First to 50 wins, okay?

Ready? 3, 2, 1…!

Objectives: Compete against Ricky to see who can do the most push-ups.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Ready, set, go!

ricky_winterwell

Haha! I won!!

You were also pretty good Rita, you came in second in spite of everything. The real loser here, I’m sorry to say, is Summerblaze, who didn’t actually do any push-ups at all. What a lazybones!

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse

ricky_winterwell

To tell you the truth, Rita, my training has been pretty so-so…

I’ve been out jogging and everything, but it’s not enough. It’s been so long since I was last in peak condition that I think I’ve forgotten how to follow the way of the horse.

What? What’s the way of the horse?

When you practice Jor-jitsu, there are loads of different techniques and styles you can use. The most traditional approach is the way of the horse, it’s one of the very oldest, hardest, and most refined martial arts you can learn.

But hey, I just thought! What horse in its right mind would only eat fruit and nuts?!

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

I’m not sure, you tell me, since you seem to be the diet expert…

ricky_winterwell

No horse in its right mind, Rita, you’re quite right. Not a single horse in its right mind. And what training diet have I been on? Exactly! Just fruit and nuts!

Quest completed

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Becoming More Like a Horse

ricky_winterwell

What I need to get back to top form is to find a way to be inspired to rediscover the way of the horse! What I mean by that is, I need to start eating hay. Only hay.

Why do you look so unsure Rita? Of course hay is the best thing I can eat!

Just look how strong and fast Summerblaze is! I mean, you’d have to ignore the fact that Summerblaze is lazy and can’t do push-ups, but yeah! Strong! Probably can’t do sit-ups either, though.

As luck would have it, I’ve actually got a load of hay at home. There’s a bale behind my house, could you grab it and then we’ll see who can eat the fastest!

Oh. You don’t want a speed hay eating contest? Fair enough. Then I’ll just challenge Summerblaze to the duel, and I’d probably have beaten you anyway Rita, no offence. When it comes to eating the most hay, I think it’s better if the match is between me and Summerblaze.

Objectives: Fetch the bale of hay from behind Ricky’s house and give it to your horse. Then the battle against Ricky can begin!

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Ricky Winterwell

You are a crazy person, has anyone ever told you that?

ricky_winterwell

Dryyyyy… Cough!

This is so dry!

Quest completed

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Water. Need Water.

ricky_winterwell

Water!

Cough… I need water!

Objectives: Get Ricky some water.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Ricky Winterwell

Go across the street to the center block, and behind the houses, you’ll find several rain barrels. Collect some water from the barrel (why we couldn’t get water from a faucet somewhere is beyond me, but anyway) and return to Ricky.)

ricky_winterwell

Gulp, gulp, gulp…

Ahh! Now I can breathe again. This hay just stuck in my throat, it was really dry! How can horses eat this stuff?

Quest completed

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Balanced Diet?! Pfft!

ricky_winterwell

Nah, it wasn’t such a good idea to eat hay after all. I’ll have to think of something else to eat.

You think I should try eating a balanced diet? Pfft! Haha! Of course I’m not gonna fall for that. Next time it’ll have to be a gluten diet. Instead of avoiding gluten, I’ll just make sure absolutely everything I eat contains gluten. Maybe that’ll work.

You still want me to go for varied and balanced, huh Rita? Haha, we’ll see.

The problem remains though… I don’t know how I’m going to get back on to following the way of the horse. Without that technique, I’ll never have a chance in the competition.

What a great idea Rita! If I study Summerblaze then maybe I’ll be more likely to be inspired to rejoin the way of the horse!

I guess that means you and Summerblaze are thinking about helping me in time for the qualifiers?

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

As long as you stop calling my horse lazy…

ricky_winterwell

Thanks! If you want to help me then I’ve already got ideas about how we can get started!

Quest completed

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Running from a Horse

ricky_winterwell

There’s an old paddock a little bit out of town, we could use that… Or, actually, nah. Forget I said anything…

We could just be at the little paddock down by the stable instead. It’s nowhere near as good… Or, wait, actually it’s better! Way better!

Why can’t we use the other paddock? Umm… Well, it’s… Well, like… I’m not allowed to show my face there…

Can we not just talk about something else? We need to get training!

Probably just as well we get to the paddock by the stable as fast as we can.

If I’d like a lift on the back of Summerblaze? Haha, nice of you to ask, but I can probably run there faster myself.

Oh, really? Summerblaze isn’t a lazy lump you say? So you’re sticking with your story that horses can’t do push-ups, huh? What’s your line on sit-ups and squats then?

They can’t do those either?

Hmm… Well it just remains to be seen then. If you and Summerblaze can get there before me, then I suppose I’ll stop calling Summerblaze a lazybones.

You ready? Set? Go!!

Objectives: Race Ricky down to the paddock by the stable.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP, 25 Horse XP

Reputation: 30 with Ricky Winterwell

Prepare to eat your words, sir!

ricky_winterwell

Whew! Pfff! Hhhhnnng!

You won, great job Rita. And you, Summerblaze, are not as much of a lazybones as I thought, even if you don’t do push-ups…

Quest completed

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Learning to Walk

ricky_winterwell

You guys were so fast! I need to get out and run more, imagine being slower than a horse. Pff, can’t be having that!

Anyway, now let’s get to what I need your help with… I’m going to try and tell you the whole thing from the very beginning so that you’re up to speed.

Many many years ago – just when I started with Jor-jitsu – my old trainer, Master Lucia Goldspur, took me with her stable during my school break so that she could teach me an ancient technique. The technique was the way of the horse, and it’s one of the oldest methods in Jor-jitsu.

I remember being disappointed when Master Lucia said to me that we were going to spend the next three weeks mucking out the stable and taking care of the stable’s horses. I wondered what it had to do with Jor-jitsu.

But after three weeks…

After three weeks’ hard work, Master Lucia said I was ready for the next stage. Master Lucia took me to a paddock where she let a horse run free, then asked me to study the patterns of its movement. I still remember how graceful I thought the horse was as it moved, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t remember.. 

I remember her saying “If you’re to build a good foundation for the way of the horse, you must know how the horse moves around.” That’s why I need to remind myself of how a horse moves, like when Summerblaze is out running.

My question to you Rita is could you show me Summerblaze’s different paces and walking styles?

Great!

Okay, follow my instructions and walk in the style I ask you to.

Objectives: Fill the display to the top by riding in the paces Ricky asks you to.

Rewards: 60 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP, 40 Horse XP

Reputation: 40 with Ricky Winterwell

In the arena move your horse in the required gait to fill up the progress bar at the bottom of the screen. Go through walk, trot, canter, and gallop. If you are in the wrong gait, you will lose progress.

Speak to Ricky when he is satisfied with what he has seen.

ricky_winterwell

I think I’ve got it! Almost, anyway. We’ve got the walks but there’s something missing.

Quest completed

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Can Horses Jump?

ricky_winterwell

Rita!

There’s something missing. I’ve seen the walks, but there’s something else… What could it be? What can a horse do except walk? Definitely not push-ups… How’s it going with the sit-ups? The squats? Could you show me Summerblaze doing some squats?

Pfft. No squats either? Rita, what sort of loser horse is this you’ve got? Listen, if it’s not squats then what is it?

Jump? What on earth are you talking about?

You mean horses can jump?! Yeah! Well of course, it’s obvious now! You’re a genius!

That was something Master Lucia did, but it was quite a while ago. She said that you can never learn the way of the horse until you’re able to visualize a horse jumping.

I know exactly which racetrack you could use as well. I know that the Bulldogz are using different tracks right now to test our locations for new races around here, but don’t worry, there’s a track that goes around the stable and it has tons of jumps! If you ride the course, I can stay here and watch you both in action. 

Okay, I’m ready Rita, let’s see Summerblaze’s best jump! Ride carefully though, these jumps can be a little tricky.

Objectives: Ride the jump course and show Ricky how a horse jumps.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP, 35 Horse XP

Reputation: 35 with Ricky Winterwell

Giddyup lazybones!

ricky_winterwell

Wow! Like, wow! I almost forgot how it felt to watch a horse jump so gracefully!

Quest completed

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Stand on One Leg? Cartwheeling?

ricky_winterwell

It’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me now! I’m finally starting to remember the way of the horse, Rita!

There’s something missing, though. No matter how hard I try, I cannot remember techniques like “the brush,” “the hoof pick,” or “the feed” work. Is it that you have to do it standing on one leg? Or do you have to cartwheel while you do it?

You don’t think it’s cartwheeling? Pfft! HA! Since when did you become an expert on Jor-jitsu? No offence, but your horse can’t even do squats. I know all abut this stuff… Almost. If only I could remember those three techniques… Hmm…

So you mean horses don’t do push-ups, they don’t do sit-ups, AND they don’t do squats?! Right. Horses are weird, mysterious things. What do you think about the brush then? You don’t think it involves cartwheels? How do you do it then?

You want to show me how you take care of Summerblaze?

That’s an excellent idea! If I get to see how you look after Summerblaze then maybe I’ll remember how those techniques go!

Show me your best care techniques, I’ll ask for them in a certain order. 

Thanks!

Objectives: Follow Ricky’s instructions and show him the care techniques he asks to see.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 25 with Ricky Winterwell

The first thing he wants is to pick hooves. The pick is automatically in your inventory. Next he wants the brush. You will have to pick up the brush first, which can be found near the stable shop front. Next he wants the feed. Pick up hay from the bale behind him and use it to feed your horse.

Speak to him when you have demonstrated all the techniques.

ricky_winterwell

Feels like everything is falling into place!

Quest completed

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I Want to Feel the Wind!

ricky_winterwell

I’ve seen how a horse moves, I’ve seen how a horse jumps and I’ve seen how it’s taken care of. Why does it still feel like something is missing?

Feels like I can see the spaghetti and smell the spaghetti but I don’t know how the spaghetti tastes, you know?

If I’d like to come riding?

But I don’t have a horse and I think Nathalie is too busy right now for me to go and ask her if I can borrow one fro the stable.

If I’d like to ride behind you on Summerblaze?

Maybe you’re onto something here Rita. If I get to feel how it feels to ride, then the last bits of the puzzle should fall into place. The last bits I need to remember all the ways of the horse!

How do I get up onto Summerblaze then? Will you help me?

Okay. I think I’m ready now. Ride really fast so that it feels like I might be about to fall off. I want to feel the wind whoosh by my face!

Objectives: Take Ricky out on a ride.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP, 40 Horse XP

Reputation: 30 with Ricky Winterwell

Hang on tight, here we go!

ricky_winterwell

Woohoo!! What a race that was! Almost feels like we were in a real championship!

Quest completed

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The Best Training Gear

ricky_winterwell

That was really incredible, and I think I’ve remembered how all the techniques should be now.

I think I’m ready to get going. Do you want to train with me and help me go through all my various techniques? Help me sharpen up before qualifiers?

You do? Great, thanks!

Before we get started, I think you need to make a quick visit to Nathalie down by the stable. Since you were already helping me, I ordered a really awesome pair of sports shoes for you. You need good training gar if we’re gonna do this properly.

Ride down and talk to Nathalie, then I’ll see you outside the Bulldogz clubhouse.

Objectives Go to Nathalie to collect the sports shoes.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Ricky Winterwell

Meet Nathalie down in front of the New Hillcrest stables.

nathalie_moonriver

Hey Rita!! Nice to see you!

Sports shoes?

Quest completed

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One of My Best Friends 

nathalie_moonriver

Hope Ricky hasn’t totally worn you out with all the training! He asked you to collect the sports shoes he ordered for you, right?

I’ll just grab them for you right now, they’re really nice! First though, do you want to say hello to one of my best friends?

This is Lady, she’s been my best and most loyal friend for almost twelve years. Even though she’s not just a little foal anymore, she’s a total ray of sunshine, full of energy!

Don’t be shy, go up and say hello to Lady!

Objectives: Say hello to Nathalie’s horse, Lady.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Best part of my day; meeting new horses!

nathalie_moonriver

Seems like Lady really likes you!

Quest completed

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A Calm, Sweet Horse

nathalie_moonriver

You and I should really take a ride together with Lady and Summerblaze some time. What do you think?

Heehee! Glad to hear you’d like that. I can’t today sadly, I have a little beginner coming to the stable to try riding for the first time. 

I thought she might be able to take her first test ride on Lady because I don’t think there’s a more careful or more understanding horse than her. She’s always so cute and so gentle with kids, so she’s perfect to introduce to the little ones when they come to take a test ride.

As soon as I’ve grabbed your shoes for you, I’ll get started with preparing Lady.

Oh no! Look Rita… Ivan Drake is coming. Ugh. I really don’t like that man, could you please stick around here with me while we find out what he wants?

Objectives: Talk to Ivan Drake.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Hey there, jerkface…

ivan_drake

Hello there Nathalie! You getting ready to move out of my stables? Haha!

Quest completed

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Laughing at the Sad

ivan_drake

I heard Ricky wants to take part in the qualifiers for the district championships! HAHA! Like that loser would ever have a chance. Nathalie, it’s probably best that you start thinking about moving out of the stables so me and my club Total Destruction can take over.

I promise I’ll use this place a lot more than that old paddock I won from Ricky last time. Like who in their right mind would want to spend time there? Hahaha!

When I won that old paddock from Ricky and told him he was never allowed to show his face there again, it was only because it was so fun to see him so sad! Hahaha, it’s amazing when people are all sad like that. Laughing at them in that state is the best thing ever hahaha….!

So this is the famous Lady, huh Nathalie? Lady, lovely Lady who’s so nice and nice? Ha. Loser. Can I pet the little bundle of lameness?

Objectives: Calm Lady down before she attacks Ivan.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Ricky Winterwell

Whoa horseie, I know he’s awful but let’s be the better people here…

ivan_drake

That creature’s a FREAK!

Quest completed

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Fried Porridge = Luxury

ivan_drake

What? Pff, nah, I’m never scared of anything. Like I’d cry and shout for my mother just because of a dumb horse. Pfft.

Nathalie, make sure you get a muzzle on that maniac, otherwise I’ll be sending my lawyers to sue you so hard that you’ll think fried porridge is a luxury.

Just you wait. I’ll be back. Grr.

Objectives: Talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

They say that horses are the best judges of character. This Ivan Drake guy is serious scum.

nathalie_moonriver

UGH! Rita! That idiot makes me so angry! So angry that I’m just shaking all over!

Quest completed

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The Paddock Outside New Hillcrest

nathalie_moonriver

I know I shouldn’t let Ivan Drake have this effect on me, I should’t care at all about what he says but it’s hard to ignore it. Thanks for being here Rita.

You wonder what he was talking about? Yeahh, umm… I’m sure you’re curious.

Has Ricky said anything to you about the paddock that’s just outside New Hillcrest?

Hmm? He suggested you train there and then quickly changed his mind?

Yeah. You see, the paddock used to belong to him…

Ugh! I’d love to tell you more about it but I need to get Lady ready before the students arrive. I hardly know how I’ll be able to groom her or get her ready considering how much I’m still shaking.

You’ll help? Oh, gosh, that’s so lovely! Thank you!

Here, take my grooming brush and groom Lady. I’ll tell you more about Ricky and the paddock while you’re at it. 

Objectives: Groom Lady then talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Groom the horse with the brush from your inventory, then speak to Nathalie again.

nathalie_moonriver

Thanks ever so much Rita.

Quest completed

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Epona Kai

nathalie_moonriver

Has Ricky told you anything about his old trainer, Master Lucia? He has?

You see, Master Lucia was the owner of a very old Jor-jitsu club called “Epona Kai.” Back then, the focus of the club was on monitoring and measuring the old techniques of the martial arts right there in the paddock. Master Lucia was one of the greatest Jor-jitsu artists of all time, which is why that paddock is so well known amongst those who practice and follow Jor-jitsu.

Ricky had the luck to have Master Lucia take him under her wing at an early age, and she trained him in the way of the horse, as it’s called. When she started to get into her later years, she asked Ricky if he would look after her club and paddock for her.

Ricky was supposed to take care of the club and the paddock until a new master came along, but nobody knew who that master was supposed to be. Master Lucia had her faith in Ricky, but for Ricky to be master, he’d first have to win the Jorvik championship.

Ricky promised her he would, then just a few weeks later, Master Lucia peacefully passed away.

You don’t need to be sad Rita, Master Lucia was a very, very old lady when she died. She slept peacefully and happily and welcomed the next part of life – not knowing what was coming next – with open arms.

Oh gosh! Time’s flying by! Lady’s hooves need scraping before the kids arrive!

Oh how nice of you to help me with this as well Rita. If you clean out Lady’s hooves, I can then carry on with the story.

Objectives: Scrape Lady’s hooves then talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Use the hoof pick from your inventory on Lady, then speak to Nathalie again for her to continue her tale.

nathalie_moonriver

Thanks, now Lady just needs to be saddled then everything’s ready for my little student to arrive.

Quest completed

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Disbanding Epona Kai

nathalie_moonriver

Where was I?

Ah yes, Ricky had promised to take care of Master Lucia’s old club and the paddock belonging to it until a new leader for the club stepped up.

Ricky, as you’ve probably noticed, can have a huge amount of self-confidence and so he took part in the Jorvik Championships even though Master Lucia told him to wait a couple of years until he was ready.

The rest is history. Ricky lost in the final of the championship and the person he lost against was none other than Ivan Drake.

As well as his self-confidence, Ricky also lost the club and the paddock to Ivan. In the heat of the moment, he bet Ivan the paddock that he could beat him. If Ricky lost, Ivan would then own the paddock.

Since the club lost its paddock, it also lost its headquarters, and because Ricky also became very withdrawn, the remaining members looked for other clubs to join meaning the club was more or less disbanded.

Sorry to stop again, I’m almost totally calm, but I’ll need Lady to be saddled so she’s ready for the lesson.

Haha! Thanks for helping me with this as well! I promise I’ll finish the story this time since you’re helping me!

Objectives: Saddle Lady, then talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 15 with Ricky Winterwell

Tack up Lady, the bridle and saddle (with no rug apparently) and then speak to Nathalie to finally finish her tale.

nathalie_moonriver

Thanks Rita. I’ll keep going now, there’s not much of the story left.

Quest completed

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Epona Kai is Not Lost!

nathalie_moonriver

As you know, the years went by and now I don’t know what any of the other club members are doing. I know the only two who knew the way of the horse were Master Lucia and Ricky who she’d taught because she wanted him to take over.

Ricky seems to have lost a lot of his knowledge but I really think you can help him find his way back. He’s got it in there somewhere, he just needs a little help to get back on track. You’ve no idea how grateful I am that you’re helping him, and I think he’s really grateful too but just does’t ever think to say so. 

Even if the paddock is lost, it doesn’t mean Epona Kai has to be too! Ricky can still save the club, the paddock, my stable and even me if he wins that competition, so thanks for training with him Rita.

Oh, here are the shoes! Take them back to Ricky and carry on where you left off! The qualifiers start soon, so there’s no time to lose!

Objectives: Go back to Ricky with your new sports shoes. He’s standing by the paddocks outside the Bulldogz clubhouse.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Jor-jitsu shoes

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Meet Ricky in the paddocks to the west of New Hillcrest, they are right outside of town.

ricky_winterwell

Hey, you took your time…?

Quest completed

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Meditation: Exercise for the Mind!

ricky_winterwell

What are you and Nathalie up to?

Ah you helped her with Lady before her lessons? That’s nice of you! Oh, she told you about the paddock at New Hillcrest? Well I suppose it was just as well that you found out.

Anyway, enough about the old days, we’ve got training to do! The qualifiers start soon and I need to get into tip-top shape for them. I think I’ve remembered all the ways of the horse thanks to our studies together with Summerblaze!

So change into your sports shoes and we’ll sit down and get started with a little meditation to clear the mind before we train.

Objectives: Start meditation and mental exercises with Ricky.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Ricky Winterwell

Ohmmmmm……

ricky_winterwell

There we go! I feel focused and ready to go! Don’t you?

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse: The Brush

ricky_winterwell

Okay, so Nathalie’s already told you a whole lot of stuff about Master Lucia and Epona Kai, so you’ll know that the focus at Epona Kai is on the way of the horse. If we just watch a horse in action, we’ll see that it will run from danger, preferably in a herd. That’s why we’ve got the best defense tactics in Jor-jitsu, nothing can break through them.

I thought we could start with one of those techniques, and it’s “the brush.” I’ll try my best to show you what to do so we can train together. “The brush,” simply means that you brush away the enemy or their attack. It’s really easy.

Just imagine that you were brushing Summerblaze, but instead of having a brush and a horse, you’ve got somebody trying to attack you.

Come on Rita, let’s get brushing!

Objectives: Practice “the brush” as part of learning the way of the horse with Ricky.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Ricky Winterwell

Brushy, brushy, brush.

ricky_winterwell

That was a great start! We may as well move straight on to the next technique.

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse: The Feed

ricky_winterwell

What? You think we should go a little more slowly?

Nah, why? That was really good, I remembered the brush. Don’t need to practice more than that, it’ll be fine as it is.

We can move on right away with a defense tactic called “the feed.”

Smart, Rita! You’ve got it already, just like you said, the feed works like you’re feeding a horse, just without any horse or any food.

Just try and copy me and remember to keep your arms up even if it feels like you’re getting cramps!

Objectives: Practice “the feed” with Ricky.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Ricky Winterwell

Feed the invisible horse invisible food.

ricky_winterwell

Haha! Looks like you started to cramp up a little there Rita. You’re a natural though, everything’s going so quickly!

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse: The Hoof Pick

ricky_winterwell

You don’t need to be worried Rita. Why would we need to go over this more than once? If you get it kind of 80% done the first time, then that’s enough I think. It’s only the qualifiers after all, and it’ll all go perfectly now that I’ve remembered all the techniques of the way of the horse; nobody’s gonna be able to touch me! Haha!

The next technique we’ll look at is the hoof pick. This isn’t a defensive tactic like the others, it’s an offensive move that makes your competitor completely confused. Sometimes they even just sit down because they’ve got no idea what’s going on, so get ready to be confused.

Haha, you already know how to do this: exactly what you’d usually do with a hoof pick just without a hoof pick or a horse.

Follow me and we’ll get going!

Objectives: Practice the “hoof pick” move as part of the way of the horse with Ricky.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Ricky Winterwell

Wheeeee….

ricky_winterwell

This is going really well! I’m remembering everything!

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse: The Mucking

ricky_winterwell

Remember when I told you that Master Lucia made me spend weeks in a stable during my school break just so that I could muck out and tidy up?

She did that so that I would be able to learn one of the key techniques, one of the hardest, called “the mucking.” It took years for me to learn, so don’t be too sad if you don’t get it right away.

The mucking technique can be done in many different ways, just like ordinary mucking can be done in different ways, am I right?

You’re wondering how many different ways you can shovel manure? Haha, the possibilities are limitless Rita! You can throw it up in the air and try to catch it with a wheelbarrow, or you can pile it all up into a big mountain of dung, or you can… Uhhh, why are you looking at me like that?

Let’s start with the mucking instead. Come on Rita.

Objectives: Train the mucking techniques as part of the way of the horse with Ricky.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Ricky Winterwell

-sings- “Just shovelin’ shit over my shoulder!”

ricky_winterwell

A good start, but you clearly need more practice at this. Like I said, it took me a pretty long time before I nailed it. 

Quest completed

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Chips Diet = Best Diet

ricky_winterwell

Wow, I don’t think we need to train any more for now. I’m pretty tired actually. What do you think about having a few moments of meditation and then we can call it a day?

You think we need to train more? Pfft, take it easy. Didn’t you see how well it was going for me just now?

Nah, we’ll meditate a little now and then I’m gonna go home and prepare for my diet.

Didn’t I tell you? I’m on the chips diet now. Chips are from potatoes, and potatoes are vegetables and salad is made of vegetables, so my chips diet is basically the healthiest thing ever. Plus, there’s always salt in there too and you need salt in your body if you’ve been sweating during all these workouts. It’s up there with the best, most healthy diets.

However much you keep nagging about eating a varied, balanced diet of little bits of everything in moderation, I still know that my diets are better than your crazy fad.

Enough of that now though, let’s cool down with some stretches and meditation.

Objectives: Cool down from the training session by meditating with Ricky.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Ricky Winterwell

Wow, no wonder you lost. Your winner attitude is super lame.

ricky_winterwell

Nice training session Rita! Thanks!

Quest completed

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Me and My Chips

ricky_winterwell

Now I’m gonna get home and relax with my chips. I’ll probably see you later, now it’s time to get ready for the qualifiers!

Here’s a training vest for you that you can use whenever you want to train a little extra. Oh, and the shoes… They’re working out okay, right?

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP, Jor-jitsu shirt

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Well I guess this is where I leave you to your ‘best diet.’

ricky_winterwell

Have a great day! See you soon!

Quest completed

Day 122, Soul Rider Business – Spoiler Alert

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Visit Observation Station #42 to perform today’s check on Dark Core.

Observation Station #42: Day Two

self

Let’s see if anything happens today…

Objectives: A perfect situation for a little observation!

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Use the binoculars to do today’s observation.

Looks like not much happening, but wait… What’s that on the upper deck, by the portal?

self

Mysterious activity at Dark Core’s HQ. Possibly magical activity at that…

Quest completed

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To the Control Center! Fast!

self

I need to tell Linda. Fast! To the library!

Yee-ha!

Objectives: Go to Linda at the winery’s library and tell her what you’ve seen.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

This is a big development, gotta notify the other Soul Riders!

linda

Hello Rita. Any news?

Quest completed

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Inspect HQ

linda

Interesting. Something might be going on there that has some meaning. It could just as well be something completely pointless, but perhaps you’ll find something of interest there anyway. Hmm…

Thinking about it, we haven’t been there for quite some time and you seem to know the place pretty well by now…

Head over to Dark Core’s headquarters and look into what’s going on. Go to Cape West Fishing Village and take the little boat with the helmsman who’ll take you to Dark Core’s mysterious headquarters.

Good luck Rita. Be careful.

In Dark Core’s shadows, no one can hear you scream.

Objectives: Take the boat in Cape West Fishing Village and sail to Dark Core’s secret headquarters.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Gee, thanks Linda. That’s quite a pleasant thought to leave off on.

Take the boat to Dark Core’s headquarters and step up onto the landing platform.

self

Here again. I need to be extra careful to get around here unnoticed…

Quest completed

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Sneaking on Tiptoes

self

It looks like there’s yet more activity on the helipad up there. Up where that weird portal is…

I can’t sneak up there with my horse without getting caught, so I suppose I’ll have to get off my horse here.

Objectives: Find out what is happening up on the helipad.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Remember: To be able to hide yourself behind a box to avoid being caught, you need to use the button in the bottom right corner of your screen (where the dismount button usually is) which will only show as active when you can hide yourself. Don’t forget it can be easier to control your character if you hold down your right mouse button as you walk.

Follow the same route you did when you first visited. The guards still walk the same routine as previously.

Make your way up the helipad and find a place you can discretely watch the unfolding scene.

self

Seems something’s going on here…

Quest completed

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Darko

self

I need to hide and listen to this… Carefully does it…

Objectives: What could be happening?

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

This guy Darko looks important. He looks about to say something important to those Dark Core members gathered.

darko

But I’ve also got some good news. Listen, my honorable Generals.

The swirls of darkness are strong, and now they twist in our favor.

The druids and that idiot Fripp are thought to be especially passive, and Pandoria’s powers are pulsing like never before. These powers united are our driving force, our lifeblood.

Experience tells us that it is time to act. Now.

We must, however, be on our guard. We must always be on guard!

There is another person on Jorvik whose presence is far from desirable for us…

I feel her presence.

Hmm… Her presence is much stronger than I could ever have suspected…

…Almost as though she was… Almost…

But of course she can’t be here!

Hahaha!

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dark_rider

Hahaha!

Of course not, Associate Darko. Haha! How would she ever know? Hahaha.

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darko

Well in any case, you all know who I mean.

It’s time to dispose of her, if you see her again. She represents a threat to us, our cause, and to Garnok!

I’m here now to use this visit to tell you that it begins here. Our time has come. It’s our day. The day of the Generals!

But you’re missing your fourth associate…

However much our honorable Mr Sands wants his innocent little grandson to take on the role of potential substitute for our most distinguished Elise, both you and I know that Justin has no magical talent whatsoever.

That boy will never even learn to vanish a coin.

We’re moving close to Elise’s release, our most celebrated Nihili, the fourth General. Don’t do a thing until she’s here.

You need her. You need each other. Garnok needs you all!

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dark_rider

Yes! Yes, Nihili! Yes!

At last!

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darko

I know that she’s capable of causing a certain… Insecurity within the group. Discord. But you all know that she is the way she is.

Never forget that you’re a unit, and must act as such!

The Dark Horse I’ve taken with me is in fact owned by Elise. We lost Pi, so I had to create a Dark Horse myself.

Take care of it until she’s here.

When Elise is reunited with you all, the four Generals will gather for the first time and then it’s time for you to ride out and perform the Dark Ceremony at the currently secret location.

That was all for now.

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dark_rider

No, Associate Darko. We very much look forward to the four Generals being reunited.

We’ll take care of Elise’s Dark Horse, and rehearse the Dark Ceremony as we wait to make our next move.

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darko

Good.

May the tentacles of Garnok guide you, and may the darkness flow from your footsteps.

I’ll return soon. With Elise.

This is not good. Not good at all…

self

Ugh, what a scary creep. He seems really evil and has some truly terrible plans. I’m getting really bad vibes from this…

Quest completed

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To the Control Center!

self

I need to leave Dark Core before they find out I’m here. I need to tell Linda all of this as quickly as possible.

Objectives: Report to Linda.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Leave the helipad by running on the pipes back down to the lower level. Retrieve your horse and return back to Cape West, so you may continue on to the winery to report to Linda.

linda

Hey Rita! I’ve been reading a whole TON of exciting stuff in these books, and…

Oh?

You look pretty troubled…?

Quest completed

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Compilation for Linda

linda

Darko is a huge threat to us. He seems to be Mr Sands’ right-hand man in some way.

He’s a lecturer, like a typical teacher… He seems to be able to create dark horses as well, which he taught Pi how to do… This is bad. Very bad. If the fourth general gets back with the rest of them, I think our chances of keeping them in checkmate reduce hugely…

This is important news, it’s amazing that you took the risk of spying on them.

I’m especially worried for Justin. What are they gonna do with him if they see him as useless to their cause? Sure they wont just let him wander away on his own little path even if he is Mr Sands’ grandson…

Hmm… What’s our next move?

Objectives: Listen to Linda.

Rewards: 45 Jorvik Shillings, 65 XP

Reputation: 25 with Keepers of Aideen

That’s a good question, my friend.

linda

I’m going to call a meeting of the wider advisory council of the druids. We can’t have a meeting with them right away now since they’re all spread out across the island to watch and spy…

We’ll just have to wait until we can get them all back in one place.

Patience, Rita… Patience.

Quest completed

Now let’s go see Alex about that weird runestone. Meet her on Paddock Island by where you found Sonja yesterday.

Waiting by a Stone

runestone

Alex should be here by now…

Objectives: Wait by the runestone until Alex comes.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Watch as Alex and Tin Can approach. Now we can begin!

alex

Hello hello! Sorry I’m a bit late.

Have you got your own rune wand now?

Quest completed

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Measuring Pandoric Activity

alex

Congrats on your rune wand!

By getting daily readings of the Pandoric activity from the active runestones, the Keepers of Aideen can tell how strong the flow is between our two worlds and then make sure what preparations and countermeasures they need to make.

At the same time as you’re doing all this measuring, you’ll be getting closer and closer to the Inner Lightning Circle, and I’ll tell you more about that later.

But right now I’m gonna tell you how to measure Pandoric activity. You ready?

Objectives: Listen to Alex.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Alex will now tell you how to begin the crucial step of measurements.

alex

Examine the first stone and work out if it’s possible to scan or not. Right now, there are quite a few runestones that seem ready for scanning since you can see they’re highly active…

If it can be scanned, dismount your horse and use the rune wand on the runestone while performing an analysis incantation. Then you’ll find yourself inside a magical time bubble where you can measure the runestone’s activity. The time bubble only lasts for a limited time.

The runestone will show you which runes you need to capture from the magical ether surrounding us. After showing the runes on the stone and playing the rune’s magic tones, it’ll become clear which runes you need to collect.

If you choose incorrectly, you’ll lose a lot of energy. You can always listen to the runes in the magical either, but as soon as you choose a rune it has to be the right one, and they need to be chosen in the correct order.

If you take the right rune in the right order, you’ll win some magical energy and get a little extra time as a result.

When you’ve chosen all the runes, the measurement is complete!

As clear as a thunderbolt from a clear blue sky? Clear as mud?

You’ll definitely get it once you’ve done the first measurement.

You’re going to do that first measurement right now.

Quest completed

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First Test

alex

Ready to give your first measurement a try? Great. Test this runestone here, then talk to me when you’re done.

Have a go at taking a reading from this runestone. Use your rune wand on it and do as I told you. It’s not really as hard as I make it sound. Read the runes and capture the ones that match in the magical ether.

In order.

Once you’re done, you’ll have completed a magical reading of Pandoric activity.

Objectives: Perform the measurements. Use your rune wand on an active runestone.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 50 with The Keepers of Aideen: The Lightning’s Inner Circle

Dismount your horse and approach the runestone, then use your rune wand on it. You will then see a screen similar to when you closed the Pandoric rifts.

This screen has the current runestone in the center with the needed runes on it (each one will have different runes you will need). There are five runes you will need to select out of about two dozen that are slowly circling around the runestone. Click each one in the correct order before time runs out to be able to complete your measurement.

alex

Good, Rita! Good! Not that hard after all, huh? You’ll get used to it, trust me.

Quest completed

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The Lightning’s Inner Circle

alex

You’ve become aware of the Lightning’s Inner Circle. This means you’re taking another step deeper into even more advanced magical secrets…

Are you ready to hear more about The Lightning’s Inner Circle?

Objectives: Listen to Alex.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 80 with The Keepers of Aideen: The Lightning’s Inner Circle

Deeper and deeper we go into discovering our magical talent!

alex

Your journey through the Lightning’s Inner Circle can go so far as to result in your ability to perform incredibly powerful magic spells. The journey is long, and the runic measurements are just the beginning of something much bigger to come. Be patient: a beginning is meant to be exactly that… The start of a road where we find ourselves standing now. 

Elizabeth and I have great hopes that you’ll soon be able to learn useful enchantments and spells from within the Lightning’s Inner Circle.

Don’t forget that the journey is long, and this contact you have now with the runestones is only just scraping the surface of the secrets to come. It’s a rare candidate indeed who manages to get very far within these inner circles… 

I believe in you, though. We believe in you. You’re unique, with exceptionally rare talents that we in the Keepers of Aideen have never seen before.

Continue to measure the Pandoric activity on the active runestones around our lands. They’re everywhere, but not all of them are active every day, so it’s a very well-trained eye indeed that is able to find the active stones at all times. I’ll also be out in the field to measure them on occasion, but I truly do need your help.

Good luck!

Quest completed

Return to Alex when you are Friendly with The Lightning’s Inner Circle.

You can now measure the runestones as a daily quest. All of the runestones are active everyday and can be measured once daily.

Approach the stone to start the quest, then use your rune wand. Collect the runes as you did with the first stone, then click the stone again to complete the quest.

Runestones are scattered all over Jorvik and can be found according to the map linked below.

When you reach a new reputation level, you can find Alex at the winery.

Friendly with The Lightning’s Inner Circle

alex

You’ve made it a little further along the road on your journey into The Lightning’s Inner Circle. This is just a first small step. Are you prepared to go further?

Objectives: Listen to Alex.

Reputation: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 10 with The Keepers of Aideen: The Lightning’s Inner Circle

Of course, of course!

alex

Good. Continue with the measurements a little longer. Your help is incredibly meaningful. Your increasing depth of involvement with The Lightning’s Inner Circle is crucial to your future. Believe me.

Quest completed

Return to Alex when you are Liked by The Lightning’s Inner Circle.

Liked by The Lightning’s Inner Circle

alex

Thanks so much for your impressive effort Rita. Now you’ve taken readings from enough runestones for now. Your excellent work has given us a result.

We have a solid picture of the stream between Pandoria and here and it’s enormous. Borderline catastrophic I would say…

The good news is that you’re on the verge of learning some incredible spells…

Objectives: Listen to Alex.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 10 with The Keepers of Aideen: The Lightning’s Inner Circle

Glad I could help!

alex

Soon you’ll be invited to take part in a special training program with The Lightning’s Inner Circle and that’s where you’ll be learning all kinds of unimaginable things.

Until then, hang on and watch, wait and observe.

Quest completed

Your runestone readings are now completed.

If you measure every runestone you can in a single day, it will only take about two days to reach this point.

Now all you have to do is wait for future game updates.

The runestone map can be found HERE!

The Rider Game’s: Chapter 4

“Give a big round of applause to the lovely Katalin Aideen, the flourishing dark swan of Jorvik!” I hear the loud, roaring applause of the crowds, I see the bright, blinding glow of the stage lights, I sense the atmosphere of the tall stage, I see Evea Loveheart, Jorvik’s Rider’s Games show host. I take one last look at the dark, peaceful hallway, then make my way up the steps and to the stage. I’m rewarded with applause and yells of praise as I sit down next to Evea on the plush sofa. Evea’s hair is dyed magenta and piled up high like a beehive, eyes coated in some sort of pink colour, lips white. “Hey Evea” I say, waving shyly to the crowds. “And hello Miss Aideen! Give her a round of applause, folks!” And of course, the audience replies with an even louder round of applause. “Ok Katalin, so who’s your trusty steed for the Games?” Evea asks me, and the crowd goes silent on cue. “Um,” I say awkwardly, fidgeting. “Steed? I don’t recall anyone saying I need a horse.” Evea looks at me like I’m crazy then bursts into loud chuckles. “Hear that audience? What a joker! Now, Katalin,” “Kat.” I interrupt. “Kat, my dear, have you befriended a Quarter? I’ve heard Morgans are very in style! Or perhaps a Shire? Sturdy steeds!” Evea tells me enthusiastically, and I interrupt quickly. “Evea, I wasn’t told I had to ride a horse. I’m telling the truth.” Evea frowns for just a second, then plasters her face with a grin. “Oh Kat! Don’t try to fool us! What a sense of humour.” The audience laughs in agreement. “So, my friend, so far what is your favourite part of Jorvik City?” I pause to think and I frown at the sentence. “Wait, what?” The sentence echoes in my head and suddenly nothing makes sense. “Kat,” Evea presses, “what is your favourite part of Jorvik City so far?”

“Umm, Urm..” I place a shaking hand to my forehead. “I don’t know.” That one sentence creates a sudden, terrifying silence in the room. The audience is silent. “Headaches. That’s the worst thing. I really shouldn’t have had that wine last night.” I moan, clutching my head and trying to stop feeling so dizzy. Slowly, I hear a vague chuckle coming from the crowd. The chuckle grows, until all the  audience is roaring with laughter. Evea joins in, tears running down her painted face. “Stop- no, stop- my sides are actually splitting, look!” She cries, wiping her eyes with a silk handkerchief. I’m really confused, but I grin like I meant for all this to happen.

“Ok, ok, ok. We’ve spent so much time frolicking about that we’ve spent two minutes of our time. Now Kat, this may be a hard question to answer, but what was the hardest thing about leaving home?” Evea asks me, suddenly solemn. The audience quietens and the room is full of tension. “Well, I guess leaving my family, my home, knowing I’ll never see them again. That was hard. The easiest part was leaving the pigs, they never warmed to me.” I say, smirking as  I finish my words. Evea chuckles lightly and the audience follows. “Wonderful, wonderful. Now, Katalin, I must praise your stylist for creating such a beautiful dress for your interview. Might we have a little twirl?” I nod and get up, patting my white skirts.

I spin round, and as I twirl, the white of my dress seems to grow, until it isn’t just white. The white feathers are embellished with black jewels, and when I raise my sleeves I see that I have wings.

The crowd is roaring with excitement, because I have been made into a swan.

“Alright, alright! What a fabulous piece of art your stylist has created. Give her a round of applause! Now, I have one last question for you my dear. Did you have any.. Hm, how do we put this- suitors back home? Beautiful girl like you. Anyone you liked?” Evea asks me, winking. I hesitate, squirming. “Well, there might be one boy.” Evea leans in, fascinated. “Go on!” “Well, I really like him but it’s not like we can be together because..” The whole crowd goes silent. “In a few days, I’m going to have to kill him.”

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“What the hell are you playing at?! Are you insane, Katalin? We’re on opposite sides. Even letting Jorvik know we’re friends is crazy!” He yells, pinning me against a wall. “Hey, Connor, don’t you get it? This is exciting, this will earn you sponsors. ‘The Dark And Light Lovers?’ People will love it!” Damon explains. “But we’re not lovers.” Connor says angrily, though any fool can see he looks conflicted. “So? This whole thing is a game. Make your relationship a game too, just more realistic. Got it, boy?”Connor is pretty much choking me as his arm is against my throat, and I gasp for breath. “Connor..”

Everyone watches with tense breaths as Connor pulls away and I fall to the floor with a gasp. I give him my fiercest glare and walk slowly back to my room. I lie on my bed, fidgeting on the too soft covers. Connor isn’t what I thought he was, he isn’t different to any of the Dark Riders. He’s exactly the same. Maybe killing him won’t be so hard.

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Day 121, Runestone Investigation – Spoiler Alert

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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!

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

lisa

But if it takes too long…?

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linda

…Then we take matters into our own hands.

Count on it.

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

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?

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

alex

Correct, Lisa.

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

lisa

Brilliant.

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

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!

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

mrs_cloudmill

There’s nobody who cares about me anymore…

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

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

alex

Mama!

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mrs_cloudmill

I’ve been abandoned by everyone…

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

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.

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

mrs_cloudmill

No, no, no…

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

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

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.

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

mrs_cloudmill

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

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

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.

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

mrs_cloudmill

You really mean that?

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

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. 

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

mrs_cloudmill

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

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

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.

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

mrs_cloudmill

If you say so.

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

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!

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

alex

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

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

mrs_cloudmill

Alex…

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

alex

Yes, mother?

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

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.

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

alex

Thanks…

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

mrs_cloudmill

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

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

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.

Day 120, Not Very Scientific Science – Epona Spoiler Alert

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Return to Professor Hayden’s tent in the Mirror Marshes to find another note from him.

Don’t Come Back If You’re Not You

self

Not at home. If it’s Rita, then you’re late. Wait at the same spot where we met for the first time instead.

Objectives: Ride to Professor Hayden and talk to him.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Oh, please don’t be stuck in a hole again, you crazy old man…

professor_hayden

There you are! Hmph. Youths...

Quest completed

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Mirror Marshes and the Moon Spring

professor_hayden

Alberta got home safely yesterday. She’s a cheeky little rascal, so I expect she was only just a bit bored. She promised me she’d stay home today though, and not go picking fights with Pamela’s bees.

You can meet Alberta later, she’s just a bit shy around new people. She’s fuzzy and cuddly, a big ball of snuggles if you ask me. Hmph.

I was just thinking… Umm… Hmph. Not that you’d be interested. If you had nothing better to do, then perhaps you’d like to see how I work?

Oh? You think it sounds exciting? Hmph. Youths.

So the insects yesterday weren’t really ‘work,’ that’s more to do with my hobbies. As I’m sure you remember, I said I was working for AAE and I’m here to investigate and study the Mirror Marshes.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the temperature around here is a little different than in other places. This is down to the warm water that runs from the Moon Spring.

Why is the water warm? Hmph. It’s obvious. The old volcano that was here is providing the heat. That’s my theory anyway. There are some blockheads around who think they’ve got other explanations, but if you ask me, it’s the volcano. Hmph.

Now you know why I’m here and today I need to focus on collecting samples of the earth and water.

Enough about the Mirror Marshes, and the Moon Spring, and the volcano. We’ve got more important things to concentrate on.

Objectives: Talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Okie dokie, let’s get to it.

professor_hayden

Now you know why I’m here. Today I’ve got to focus on gathering samples from the earth and water.

Quest completed

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I Had Fun Once… It Was Awful

professor_hayden

Rita! Time to focus on the soil.

If I’m going to be able to test the soil in the Mirror Marshes and perform the necessary measurements, I need to gather samples from the ground.

What? You want to do it? This isn’t fun?! It shouldn’t be fun!! I had fun once and it was AWFUL!

Hmph. Well, by all means go and collect the samples, but don’t have fun.

Blithering bugs, these youths…

Objectives: Collect dirt samples then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Crescent Moon Village

Dismount your horse and use the glass vial to collect samples from the area around the river, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

Hmph. You got them? And they’re from different places?

Quest completed

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Easier to Frown Than Smile

professor_hayden

Hmm? You think I should smile more? Hmph, let me tell you something Rita. You use more muscles in your face when you frown than you do when you smile, so what can I say? I like to work out. Hmph.

But enough of that, we need to gather water samples for my tests. 

Mm-hmm? You want to collect them. Hmph. Of course you do. Well, by all means, go ahead, but it’s important that you pick them up from three different locations around the marshes.

Good, you get it. So, three different water samples is what I want.

Objectives: Gather water samples then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Crescent Moon Village

Collect water samples in the same manner you did with the soil samples, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

Hmph. I must admit that went rather quickly. Hmm. Enough with the compliments for today.

Quest completed

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Live in a Barrel and Smell Awful

professor_hayden

Hmph. Now we’ve got the soil and water samples we need. Time we walk back to the tent.

Blithering bugs, I do not enjoy going on walks.

Oh no, no, no, I don’t think so. I shan’t sit up on your horse and get a ride back. This should be all about trudging all the the way back until my feet are covered in blisters. Ideally, I’d like to live like Diogenes, the Greek philosopher. He lived in a barrel and smelled awful.

It’s not fantastic, it’s awful. But what a dream it would be to live like that. Thoroughly wonderful.

I’ll get to work on these blisters and see you back at the tent.

Objectives: Ride to Hayden’s camping spot and talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

What a weirdo…

professor_hayden

Hmph. You’ve had enough compliments for today, so I shan’t be saying anything else.

Quest completed

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Look on the Bright Side… Or Don’t

professor_hayden

Are you talking about smiling more again Rita?! Smiling is overrated. Almost as overrated as always looking on the bright side of life. I tried that once but brightness of the bright side blinded me so much that my eyes hurt and I had to spend 38 days in a cellar studying centipedes. Horrible experience, and I loved every minute.

But yes! The earth samples! If we’re to get any results at all before they’re too old, we’ll have to get a move on.

Umm… Yes, would you, erm, like to carry on helping? Hmph. Youths…

I’ll tell you what to do to be able to test the soil samples. Just follow my instructions.

Objectives: Follow Hayden’s instructions to be able to test the soil.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Pick up the vials and mix out the liquids in the order that Hayden tells you.

professor_hayden

Hmm… Interesting.

Quest completed

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An Interesting Result

professor_hayden

Hurry Rita! We need to write down the results! Here, take my notepad and pen and help me not down the numbers I say to you.

Objectives: Write down the results from the soil tests then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Use the pen and paper to take notes of the results of you testing.

professor_hayden

Hmph. So this is the result. Interesting.

Quest completed

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A Better Assistant Than Alberta

professor_hayden

Hmm… The results from the soil tests are most interesting. I don’t know whether that’s something to be especially excited about, but it’s certainly of interest.

I must admit you’re a better assistant than Alberta. She just runs around and wants to play and cuddle all the time, so I can’t ever have her with me out in the field.

Ah well, we should run the tests on the water samples and see what they come up with.

Oh, you want to help me with those as well? Then I suppose we’ll get going.

Objectives: Follow Hayden’s instructions for testing the water samples.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Test the water samples in the same way you did with the soil samples.

professor_hayden

This was… Unexpected…

Quest completed

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You Write, I Shout

professor_hayden

Quick, Rita! We need to write down the results. I’ll shout them out, you write them down.

Objectives: Write down the results from the water tests then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Use the pen and paper again to write down the new results.

professor_hayden

Hmm… I need to write up this report.

Quest completed

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Half a Thank You

professor_hayden

There we go! Now I’ve got a good report together that shows the different values to be found in the water and the soil. I’ll have to retake the samples though so that we can see if the values differ from day to day. Now, since it seems as though you’ve sort of become my assistant, you’ll need to come back and help me. Hmph… I don’t really think I’m about to be all emotional and shower you with thank yous, so…

We need to mail this report. Could you ride out and post it?

Objectives: Post the report in the mailbox then talk to Professor Hayden.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Black Suede Helmet

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Ride into Crescent Moon Village and put the report into the red mail box, then return to Professor Hayden.

professor_hayden

This isn’t any kind of thank you. Hmph. It’s just something I had laying around. That I bought. To say… Ugh. Just take it, there you go.

Quest completed

So there is a little glimmer of kindness inside your angry heart, old man.

You are now able to visit Professor Hayden to complete daily quests to collect and test soil and water samples.

Day 119, Rascal on the Loose – Epona Spoiler Alert

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Before a Race

ricky_winterwell

Welcome back Rita!

Now I’ve set up a really great cross country track for you and the Bulldogz to use. Would you like to give it a test run?

If you ride down to the stable, you should see Ginny. She’s one of the Bulldogz and she’ll be responsible for the track.

Talk to her and say hello from me. Then she’ll get you started and help you keep track of time. 

Objectives: Talk to Ginny.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

Ride down the hill towards the stable, and you’ll find Ginny on the side of the road before you get to the stable.

ginny

Hi! You’re Rita, right? Ricky said you’d be popping by.

Quest completed

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The New Racecourse!

ginny

Hey, I’m Ginny! I’m part of Bulldogz, Jorvik’s best riding club.

I heard you wanted to try the new track Ricky built for us? Of course you can try it out, it’ll be exciting to see how quickly you can complete the course.

Good luck now!

Objectives: Ride the race as fast as you can.

Rewards: 55 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP, 200 Horse XP

Reputation: 75 with New Hillcrest

This course can be challenging because the obstacles are quite large, and you only get ten seconds between checkpoints, instead of the normal twenty.

When you have finished the race, speak to Ginny.

ginny

Wow! That was FAST! You must’ve been riding forever!

Quest completed

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Curious About the Result…

ginny

Nice to meet you Rita!

Just come back and ask if you ever wanna try the course again, but now you should probably be getting back to Ricky. I think he’s curious about the result of your race, and he’ll want to know what you think of the course he set up!

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Return to Ricky and tell him what you think of the racecourse.

ricky_winterwell

How’d it go?

Quest completed

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Sore Muscles Everywhere!

ricky_winterwell

How was the gluten-free bread?

Umm… It was… Burnt. I’m not sure gluten-free is the right diet for me. I think I’m gonna go for the fruit and nut diet. Just loads of fruit. And nuts.

You still think a balanced, varied diet is best? Hmph. Nah, I’ll stick to my diet, thanks, haha!

Anyway, more important things to talk about: the competition! To be able to compete and qualify for districts, I need to send in my application.

Apparently this application form has to be filled in but I did so many bicep curls yesterday that I can hardly move my arms to hold a pen — my whole arm is shaking from having sore muscles!

Might you be able to fill it in for me?

Objectives: Fill in the application form.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Dismount your horse and use the pen to complete the application.

ricky_winterwell

Great! Now it’s filled in! I just need a picture now before we can send it off.

Quest completed

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New Picture, New Try

ricky_winterwell

The only picture I have of myself is a few years old, so I think I need a new picture for the application. Could you take one for me?

I’ll just stand here. Should I smile or not?

You think I should smile? Okay, I’ll get ready. Just take one when you’re ready.

Objectives: Take a picture of Ricky.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

Use the camera to keep taking pictures until Ricky is happy with one.

ricky_winterwell

That picture feels like a good one! We’ll use it!

Quest completed

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Applied for Districts!

ricky_winterwell

Great! Rita, this feels like it’s gonna go really well. I’m just gonna do a few sit ups now, but maybe you could take the application form and the photo and post them in the mailbox for me?

Thanks!!

Objectives: Put the application in the mail, then talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Go to the red mailbox in the old part of New Hillcrest to send the letter, then return to Ricky.

ricky_winterwell

25! Whew! I managed 25 sit ups… Feels like I’m making progress!

Quest completed

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The Road to Districts

ricky_winterwell

The weeks ahead are gonna be filled with training and working out before the qualifiers for districts. If you want, you could come by and help me!

To start with, it’s mostly just jogging to get my overall fitness back up, but if you want to help, that’d be awesome!

I do a few extra bits and pieces of work around town; I deliver newspapers and collect trash. If you’ve got time, you could even help me with that so I’ve got more time to focus on my training…

Hey listen, thanks so much for all your help! If you hadn’t shown up and got me motivated, then there’d have been no hope left for the stable and its horses. Now we’ve got a shot at survival.

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, White Knitted Cotton Sweater

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

So glad to be of help!

ricky_winterwell

Oh yeah, I was supposed to say hey from Nathalie as well. She says thanks for helping us save the stable, and that we’ve got you a little present.

Here you go!

Quest completed

You can now help Ricky with daily quests of jogging, delivering newspapers, and collecting trash.

Pamela Moonriver in Crescent Moon Village seems pretty upset about something. Let’s go see what she needs help with.

Alberta, the Little Nuisance

pamela_moonriver

Grrr!

Get back here you little nuisance!

 Hello Rita!

See the mess Professor Hayden’s little darling has made?! Just wait ’til I get hold of her, I bet she’s still around here somewhere.

Alberta!! Come here!!

Could you ride over to Professor Hayden’s house and tell him that he needs to come and pick up his little cutie-pie? He’s my neighbor, so he lives in the house behind mine.

Objectives: Ride to Professor Hayden’s house and talk to him.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Make sure to go around the outside of Pam’s garden, because her bees are very upset and if they get near you, they will chase you away.

Look’s like there’s a note tacked to Hayden’s door, let’s see what it says.

self

Not at home, so you don’t need to come back. If you must know, I’m camping.

Quest completed

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Nobody Home

self

Seem’s like nobody’s home. Best ride back to Pamela and let her know Hayden’s gone camping.

Objectives: Talk to Pamela.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Return to Pamela, again skirting around her garden.

pamela_moonriver

He’s out camping again?!

Quest completed

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Soothing Sugary Water

pamela_moonriver

Sigh.

Just look at what Hayden’s Alberta has done here! She’s flipped over all my beehives, so now the bees are going crazy, and to top it off, Hayden’s not even home! Who leaves their pets home alone when they’re out camping?! If he can’t keep Alberta under control, then he’ll have to keep her on a leash or something.

But I suppose we’ll get to Hayden and Alberta later. Now we need to calm down these angry bees before they fly off and attack the whole village. 

Would you mind helping?

I can always count on you!

The best way to get them to calm down is by giving them some sugary water, they love it!

Take these bowls and set them out next to the beehives. Be careful though, they’re pretty angry and could attack you if you get too close. 

Objectives: Set out the bowls of sugary water and be careful of the angry bees!

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Dismount your horse and walk into the garden. The bee swarms move in repetitive patterns, so watch their movements to be able to time yours. Place the bowls down by each of the toppled beehives to calm the bees. Once a bowl is placed, you can safely walk past that swarm. When all the bowls are placed, return to Pamela.

pamela_moonriver

Whew! Lovely, now they seem to be calming down.

Quest completed

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pamela_moonriver

Whew! Now the bees have calmed down in any case. Why did she come and cause all the fuss? Alberta’s nothing but trouble if you ask me.

Can you help me pick up the beehives again? The ones that Alberta flipped over anyway, the little terror.

Thanks, how lovely of you to help me.

Objectives: Set the beehives straight then talk to Pamela.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

With the bees calmed down, go into the garden and right all of the beehives, then return to Pamela.

pamela_moonriver

Thanks for all your help Rita.

Quest completed

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Tent Outside Town

pamela_moonriver

Hmm, now Hayden needs to get himself back home and deal with his little pet before she causes much more trouble for us here in the village.

If he’s not home, he’ll be out camping. He usually pitches his tent just outside the village. I’ve got an awful lot to do here at home so I haven’t got time to go looking for Hayden. Could you ride out to him and tell him to come back and pick up Alberta?

Thanks a lot! See you later!

Objectives: Look for Professor Hayden’s tent.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Leave the village to the east, but do not cross the bridges towards Stormgarden. Instead take the road to the Mirror Marshes. You’ll find Hayden’s tent off to the road a short way into the marshes.

Finding his tent, there’s another note for you to read.

self

Not at home. Out on field work by the river.

Enter at your own risk.

Quest completed

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Field Work by the River

self

Professor Hayden doesn’t seem to be here either, but he can’t be too far away…

On the ground you see a trail of footprints. If you follow them, perhaps they’ll lead you to Professor Hayden.

Objectives: Look for Hayden.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Follow the footprints across the road farther into the marsh until you find Hayden stuck in a rather deep predicament.

stuck_hayden

Two days in a row now, I’ve had to rescue someone stuck…

professor_hayden

Hmph. 

Who would I be if I’m not Hayden? Do I look like the Tooth Fairy or something? Hmph. Youths…

Who are you then?

Quest completed

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Busy Being Stuck

professor_hayden

Rita? Mm-hmm, and what do you want then? Can’t you see I’m quite busy being stuck in this hole? If I want help?

Hmph. What do you think?

Youths…

Objectives: Help Hayden up from the hole.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

I think you do need help. Hmph. Seniors…

professor_hayden

Hmph…

Quest completed

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Blithering Bugs!

professor_hayden

Mm-hmm, and what could you possibly want then, Rita? I shouldn’t think you’re just out for a walk? If that’s the case, then you can just go for a walk somewhere I’m not. Okay?

What am I doing here?

Hmph. I’m studying the habitat of the Mirror Marshes. What are the Mirror Marshes? Hmph. Are you trying to make me laugh? I laughed once, and as I seem to remember it almost killed me. Hmph.

You’re standing in the Mirror Marshes. These ARE the Mirror Marshes.

I should probably add that it’s PROFESSOR Hayden, not just Hayden. I’ve been sent here to the Mirror Marshes by AAE to study the habitat. As you’ve probably already noticed, the area is completely unique. Thanks to the warm waters, the right conditions for quite unusual plant and animal life exist for them to live and thrive here. It’s said the crested beetle was found here for the first time in 1748. 

Oh, blithering bugs? Where’s my bag?

Without my bag, I won’t be able to get a moment’s work done! Grrr!

(If you help Professor Hayden find his bag, perhaps it’ll be easier to talk to him a little more afterwards?)

Objectives: Find Professor Hayden’s bag.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Search around the area for Hayden’s bag and return to him when you find it.

professor_hayden

Well what use was that? Now I have to look after the wretched bag! Everything was easier when I didn’t have the bag. Ugh. Youths…

Quest completed

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Crumbled Cookies as Bait

professor_hayden

Hmph. Since you’ve inconvenienced me enough to have found my bag, you could probably try doing something useful instead…

What? Pamela? Bees? Hmm, I haven’t got time for some ludicrous bee-frightener. Focus now instead, Rita, how about that? FOCUS!!

Take these cookies. No, we’re not going to eat them. Or at least I’m not. Sugar is the most disgusting thing in existence. Sweet and sickly. Ugh. Nope, down with sugar and sweeties, thank you very much.

Listen now instead. Insects like all that sweet rubbish, and I’m here to study them. This is why we need to attract them and the best way of doing that is using bait.

Take these cookies and crumble them up over there. I’m sure it’ll be quite enough to attract a few specimens.

Chop chop!

Objectives: Crumble the cookies then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Spread cookie crumbs in three different places near the river, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

You can eat whatever’s left of the cookies if you like, but I shan’t partake. Ugh. Disgusting. 

Quest completed

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You’re Not a Frog, Are You?

professor_hayden

Hmm, so you like eating cookies, do you? What do you think of insects?

Not to eat, of course! You’re not a frog, are you?

Hmph, anyway. Take this blanket and throw it out onto the ground so that we’ve got something to sit on while we wait for the insects to arrive.

Or maybe you’d prefer to stand?

Objectives: Lay out the blanket then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Place the blanket on the ground near where you placed the cookies, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

Hmph…

Quest completed

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10 Hours to Wait!

professor_hayden

Are you just going to stand there like some kind of crane? Sit down before your legs fall asleep. This kind of think isn’t for the delicate. Once upon a time I had to wait for THREE hours, it was simply ghastly! TEN hours is what it should take! At least! Otherwise it doesn’t feel as though one has waited properly.

Sit yourself down so we can wait for these little critters to appear.

Objectives: Sit down and wait for the insects with Hayden.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Sit down next to Hayden and start your dreadful wait.

professor_hayden

You’ll just have to say if you can’t cope with the wait. It takes serious patience for this kind of research.

Quest completed

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Centipedes, Beetles, and Ants, Oh My!

professor_hayden

Look Rita! Have you seen? Centipedes, beetles, and ants! All of them have been lured in by the sweet smell of cookies. Here are three glass jars!

Place one of each type of insect in a jar so I can get a better look at them.

Chop chop!

Objectives: Trap three different kinds of insects in the glass jars.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Well technically, centipedes aren’t insects, but now’s not the time to split hairs…

Use the glass jars from your inventory to capture each of the bugs, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

Fascinating, beautiful little beings! Don’t you agree?

Quest completed

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Fabulous Little Critters!

professor_hayden

Oh, how I love ants! Wonderful animals, wouldn’t you say? Did you know that certain types of ants can carry objects that weigh fifty times their own body weight? That’s like you being able to carry a car. Or more accurately, an adult giraffe. Ants are wonderful little animals. Sorry, you said something about Pamela and bees?

Hmm, yes, let’s talk about it later instead.

We need to gather a little bit of the insects’ surroundings and place it in the jars so that my little friends can feel at home while I study them.

Objectives: Gather some moss, twigs, and leaves for the insects.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Use the bug jars to gather habitat stuff, then return to Hayden when the bugs are made to feel at home.

professor_hayden

Look! Just look how delighted they are now they’ve got twigs and moss!

Quest completed

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She Just Wants to Play

professor_hayden

Right, what have you been trying to tell me about Pamela and the bees?

WHAT?! Pamela chased Alberta away from her bees? Grrr! How dare she? Alberta is so kind, and wouldn’t hurt a fly! Well, she certainly won’t have wanted to destroy any beehives. She probably just wanted to play. 

I need to find Alberta at once! If Pamela scared her off with a broom, then she must be terrified. Don’t worry Alberta, I’m coming!

We’ll need to take the insects to my tent, would you help me carry them there?

Gosh, how helpful you are. Be careful so that you don’t drop my insects as you ride. See you over at the tent.

Objectives: Take the jars of insects to Hayden’s camping spot.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Ride carefully and slowly to Hayden’s tent. If the meter fills up, the jars will break and you will have to start again.

Meet Hayden by his tent.

professor_hayden

I need to hurry away and look for Alberta now. Not a good idea you come. Alberta is rather skittish around new people. 

Quest completed

Return to Professor Hayden tomorrow.

Goldenleaves Part 3 – New York!

“Hi Sweetie!” I looked up. It was my Mom… “Well, as its your 15th birthday next week, I decided to get you something really special.” She said, not noticing I had rolled my eyes  when she wasn’t looking. Oh, so that’s it. Every 5 years she gets me something really special that she thinks I’ll ‘really like’- when I was 5 and got me a fairy dress (I really hated it) and when I was 10 she took me for a 5 day trip to Australia. In SUMMER! Gosh, it was SO  hot and there were disgusting bugs literally EVERYWHERE! “So, this year I got us tickets to……” my Mom dramatically whispered while doing a drum roll,” TAYLOR SWIFT’S WASHINGTON CONCERT!!!! And as a plus, we’ll stay there an extra week to go sightseeing!” What?!! Was she serious??!!! I jumped up and down screaming. I had loved Taylor Swift since I was 10 years old. But suddenly, something bad occurred to me. “But Mom, who will care for Cashmere? And don’t I have Horse Riding State Championships in a week?” Cashmere was my 5 year old Icelandic mare. “Don’t worry! Dad’s staying behind to look after the farm and one of the judges from the Championship had to pull out due to a bad case of Chickenpox. The doctors are sure she’ll be ready to judge in a month though, so the championship will be held next month.” I gave a big smile. “So when are we leaving? And what should I pack?” My Mom thought for a moment before saying, ” We’re leaving tomorrow. And you should pack enough clothes for a week and a half.” Straight away I started packing my suitcase and finished in record time. I called my friend, Zoë, on my iPhone 6s. “ZOË ZOË ZOË GUESS WHATTTTT???? ME AND MY MOM ARE GOING TO NEW YORK FOR A WEEK TO WATCH TAYLOR SWIFT’S CONCERT!!! WE’RE LEAVING TOMORROW AND ITS GOING TO BE SO AWESOME!!” I cried into my phone. “Wow, you’re really gonna have an epic week! Anyway, I have to go, my parents are forcing me to clean my bedroom. See you next week!” I ended the call and walked downstairs. “How many concerts is Taylor Swift performing?” I asked my Mom. “She’s performing 4 concerts, and with the one we’re going to, Selena Gomez and Lorde are going to be the special guests. Oh, and I forgot to mention, we’ll be staying in the same hotel as Taylor! We’ll even be 3 rooms away from her room!” She exclaimed. Omg! How could this trip get better? I went upstairs to sleep, dreaming about actually meeting my biggest idol, Taylor Alison Swift!

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Haha, sorry for my extremely long break xD You may notice there are not many horse mentions in this chapter. Rest assured, there will be a lot of horse/ Star Stable mentions in future chapters 🙂

Willow xox

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