Quest:In Their Absence, Chapter 7

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In Their Absence, Chapter 7
Level 65
Type Fellowship
Starts with Benedric Jacklin
Starts at Stoneheight
Start Region The North Downs
Map Ref [10.1S, 50.9W]
Ends with Ithriel
Ends at Lost Temple
End Region The Trollshaws
Map Ref [27.4S, 12.7W]
Quest Group In Their Absence
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

Benedric Jacklin: 'I found this tablet on the ground on the way here, <name>. It is covered in evil runes, and I cannot read it, but I believe it was dropped by the Gaunt-lord as he passed through Stoneheight. Perhaps if you can uncover its meaning, you will be able to make some sense of this attack.

'You know of Elrond of Rivendell? It is rumoured that he is a master of lore, and he might be able to read the markings on this tablet. Perhaps he can tell us what it says.'

Background

Benedric Jacklin found a tablet with curious markings on it in the wreckage of Stoneheight.

Objective 1

Elrond Half-elven is in his library in Rivendell.

You have been given a mysterious tablet that was found in the town of Stoneheight. The tablet is covered in mysterious runes; perhaps Elrond can read them.

Elrond: 'These are evil runes, <name>. I can read them, though it is not pleasing to do so. The tablet contains directives for Ivar, as you supposed, from the Gaunt-lord named Gortheron. He is instructed to raise an army of wights with which to crush the Free Peoples.
'It is curious, <name>, that Ivar's actions in the town of Stoneheight do not seem to have been in line with these orders. Why did the Blood-hand destroy the town as he did, and then leave it? Would not following his orders be more important?
'There is more here: he is told to keep a close eye on Ferndúr, for though he is the Master of Imlad Balchorth for many years, Gortheron has not forgotten what happened to Ferndúr's people in the depths of his temple.
'I do not know what this is in reference to, <name>, but I do know where this temple, this Lost Temple, is located, because a scout of Rivendell has observed worrisome activity there of late. Assemble a fellowship of allies and find her in Ost Chall, in the northern reaches of Nan Tornaeth.'

Objective 2

The elf-scout Ithriel is scouting the Lost Temple, located at Ost Chall in the northern reaches of Nan Tornaeth.

Elrond has read the runes on the tablet found in Stoneheight, and a mention of the Lost Temple has drawn his notice.

Ithriel: 'If you are here to explore this Lost Temple, I must warn you, friends! The Gaunt-lord Ferndúr has come to this place, but to what purpose, I cannot guess. There is something else, too, something that I cannot explain.'