Quest:A Long Siege

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A Long Siege
Level 100
Type Solo
Starts with Arodor
Starts at Dome of the Sun
Start Region Minas Tirith
Map Ref [65.3S, 18.8W]
Ends with Dírion
Ends at Workers' Tier
End Region Minas Tirith
Map Ref [65.1S, 17.0W]
Quest Chain Vol. IV. Book 4
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'I am glad you came back, <name>. The Council just heard Ingold's report of the situation in Talath Anor; the Captain of the Out-wall painted a picture, but it was not a rosy one!

'Merethien and Mirudil have been working on a plan to assess the food-stocks and other supplies within the city, and they could use your assistance. They are right over there, and will be glad to have your help.'

Background

Arodor has asked that you help the Council of Gondor inventory the supplies in the city in order to prepare for a long siege.

Objective 1

Merethien, the Master Foodmonger of the Council, is in the Dome of the Sun.

Arodor told you that Merethien could use your assistance.

Arodor: 'Merethien and Mirudil have been working on a plan to assess the food-stocks and other supplies within the city, and they could use your assistance. They are right over there, and will be glad to have your help.'
Merethien: 'The burden of governance is heavy, but it is especially so in time of war. We have not seen Steward Denethor since Prince Imrahil carried his son back to the city, but we do not need to hear his words to know what awaits us: a siege, possibly a long one.
'The greatest enemy during a long siege is not necessarily the foe outside the gates, <name>! The greatest enemy is hunger. With the gates shut, we will not be able to resupply the city. The farms and fields that feed Minas Tirith during peace-time will be cut off from us by the lines of the enemy; they might as well be on the moon, for all the good they will do us.
'The only food we will get is the food we already have. Mirudil can tell you more, but it is a worrisome fact that we might simply not have enough.'

Objective 2

  • Talk to Mirudil, Warden of the Stores, in the Dome of the Sun

Mirudil, Warden of the Stores, is in the Dome of the Sun.

Arodor told you that Mirudal could use your assistance.

Merethien: 'The greatest enemy during a long siege is not necessarily the foe outside the gates, <name>! The greatest enemy is hunger. With the gates shut, we will not be able to resupply the city. The farms and fields that feed Minas Tirith during peace-time will be cut off from us by the lines of the enemy; they might as well be on the moon, for all the good they will do us.
'The only food we will get is the food we already have. Mirudal can tell you more, but it is a worrisome fact that we might simply not have enough.'
Mirudil: 'I have taken stock of the flow of goods into the city over the past few days, and combined it with the existing list of food and supplies we were storing. This has given me an inventory of our goods, <name>, and I have divided it into sections for each of the main storage rooms of Minas Tirith.
'I ask that you take these inventories, one for the goods of the Upper Stores, and one for the goods of the Lower Stores. Speak to the guards outside each and show them my mark, and they will allow you inside. Compare the inventory with the actual goods, and ensure that we have all of the supplies we expect.
'Only then will we be able to properly ration the supplies if the siege proves to be too long.'

Objective 3

The Upper Stores are located in the north-east section of the Fifth Circle of the city.

Mirudil gave you an inventory with which you can take stock of the goods within the Upper Stores.

Mirudil: 'I gave you two inventories, one for the goods of the Upper Stores, and one for the goods of the Lower Stores. Speak to the guards outside each and show them my mark, and they will allow you inside. Compare the inventory with the actual goods, and ensure that we have all of the supplies we expect.
'Only then will we be able to properly ration the supplies if the siege proves to be too long.'
The Upper Stores are guarded to prevent unlawful access to the goods within

Objective 4

  • Talk to Túlharil outside the Upper Stores, in the north-east section of the Fifth Circle

The Upper Stores are located in the north-east section of the Fifth Circle of the city.

Mirudil gave you an inventory with which you can take stock of the goods within the Upper Stores.

Túlharil: 'Stop, friend. On whose authority do you seek to gain access to the Upper Stores?'
You show Túlharil the inventory from Mirudil, and she recognizes the mark of the Warden of the Stores.
'Aye, that is his mark. You are welcome to enter the Stores and compare its contents to your inventory, but remove nothing.'

Objective 5

  • Go to the very back of the Upper Stores and use the Upper Stores Inventory

Inside the Upper Stores, you should compare the inventory with the actual goods being stored. Only by knowing the exact count of the foodstuffs available can Mirudil and Merethien properly ration them during a long siege.

Túlharil: 'You are welcome to enter the Stores and compare its contents to your inventory, but remove nothing.'
A thorough comparison reveals that the contents of the Upper Stores are properly accounted

Objective 6

The Lower Stores are located just north of the main gate to the city, in the First Circle.

Mirudil gave you an inventory with which you can take stock of the goods within the Lower Stores.

The Lower Stores are guarded to prevent unlawful access to the goods within

Objective 7

  • Talk to Dírion outside the Lower Stores, in the First Circle of the city

The Lower Stores are located just north of the main gate to the city, in the First Circle.

Mirudil gave you an inventory with which you can take stock of the goods within the Lower Stores.

Dírion: 'Stop. Why do you seek to access the Lower Stores? No one is supposed to be allowed inside.'
You show Dírion the inventory from Mirudal and say that you are here to compare the record of the goods with the actual supplies within.
'Why? Is there really a need for this sort of extra work? Shouldn't we be more concerned with bolstering the defences? Once the enemy is lined up outside the walls of the city, Mirudil may wish he had not wasted effort on the redundant task to which he has set you!
'This is his mark. You may go inside, if you must. But I think it is a foolish waste of time and effort! Finish your task quickly, and may you turn your eye on more important errands afterward!'

Objective 8

  • Go to the very back of the Lower Stores and use the Lower Stores Inventory

Inside the Lower Stores, you should compare the inventory with the actual goods being stored. Only by knowing the exact count of the foodstuffs available can Mirudil and Merethien properly ration them during a long siege.

Dírion: 'I have already said you may go inside, if you must. But I think it is a foolish waste of time and effort! Finish your task quickly, and may you turn your eye on more important errands afterward!'
The inventory does not match the contents of the Lower Stores. Some food is missing.

Objective 9

  • Talk to Dírion outside the Lower Stores, in the First Circle of the city

Dírion is outside the Lower Stores, just north of the main gate to the city, in the First Circle.

You have discovered that the inventory of the Lower Stores does not match their contents: some food is missing.

Dírion: 'Yes? Are you finished?'
You tell Dírion that some of the food appears to be missing.
'I see. I should have mentioned this when you arrived, but I have had my suspicions for some time now that there might be a rat problem inside the Stores. They must have gnawed their way in and spirited away some of the food, especially the grains and cheeses. You should tell Mirudal. He may need to account for slightly lower totals of food for the coming siege.
'It might be best if he lowers the tally of food he expects to ration. The rats will keep getting to it, I imagine. Nothing to be done.'

Objective 10

  • Return the inventories to Mirudil in the Dome of the Sun, and tell him about the rats

The Dome of the Sun is in the Sixth Circle of Minas Tirith.

Dírion told you that he suspects rats have gotten into the Stores, and that explains the missing food. He asked you to tell Mirudil about it. The Warden of the Stores may want to lower his expectations for the food-rationing to come, as a result of the rats.

Mirudil: 'How do the inventories compare, <name>? Do we have all the goods we expect?'
You tell Mirudil that the Upper Stores are fully accounted, but Dírion believes that rats are to blame for a disparity between the inventories of the Lower Stores and the goods actually kept there. Mirudal nods.
'Ah, I see. That is a shame, but it is not terribly surprising. Rats need to eat as well, and they can sense coming danger as well or better than we can! It makes sense to me that rats might covet our goods. I will set the total amount of food to be rationed slightly lower than I planned, in order to account for the rats. Thank you, <name>.
Mirudil seems convinced, but your suspicion about Dírion remains

Objective 11

  • Confront Dírion outside the Lower Stores, in the First Circle

The Lower Stores are located just north of the main gate to the city, in the First Circle.

Something about Dírion does not convince you, and you think you should confront the guard about it.

Mirudil: 'It makes sense to me that rats might covet our goods. I will set the total amount of food to be rationed slightly lower than I planned, in order to account for the rats. Thank you, <name>.
Dírion: 'You... you have come back? Did you tell Mirudil about the rats?'
You tell Dírion that you do not believe his story about rats, and that you think he has been stealing food from the Stores. His brow knits with rage, and his eyes darken. When he finally speaks, his voice is desperate.
'Have mercy upon me, <class>! I admit the deed. My family could not bear to leave the city, and when the order to evacuate came, they hid within the house; they are there still! This is their home, and they could not bear to leave it, or me! My wife Mundil, my son Cúnir, my daughter Fionel... they will not be accounted-for when Mirudil rations the food! If I do not steal some of the food for them, they will go hungry! So I have set aside a small amount. Is that a crime? Have mercy!
'What will you do? If you turn me in, you will doom my family! Help me, <name>, or do nothing! Better that than have my family's lives upon your conscience!'