Quest:Book 3: Chapter 4: Another Difficult Road

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Book 3, Chapter 4: Another Difficult Road
Level 100
Type Solo
Starts with Angbor
Starts at Crossings of Erui
Start Region Upper Lebennin
Map Ref [78.5S, 26.3W]
Ends with Angbor
Ends at Arnach
End Region Lossarnach
Map Ref [75.5S, 23.7W]
Quest Chain Vol. IV. Book 3
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'Lossarnach is a land of beauty, but we must not slow our steps to admire its sweet-smelling flowers! There will be time for that when this war is won! We must go to Minas Tirith. The fields of Pelennor outside the White City are encircled by a great wall, the Rammas Echor, through which we must pass.

'The south-gate in the Rammas is located in the haven of Harlond. That is where we must go. First we will do as Aragorn requested, and see how fares the settlement of Imloth Melui, to the north along the road. There is a meeting of roads just south of Imloth Melui, in Lossarnach. Let us go there and assess the situation.'

Background

Angbor is ready to cross into Lossarnach, continuing the journey toward Minas Tirith and the onset of war with the forces of evil.

Objective 1

Angbor has asked you to travel to the meeting of roads just south of Imloth Melui, in Lossarnach, to learn the state of the war in that land.

Angbor: 'We must go to Minas Tirith. The fields of Pelennor outside the White City are encircled by a great wall, the Rammas Echor, through which we must pass.
'The south-gate in the Rammas is located in the haven of Harlond. That is where we must go. First we will do as Aragorn requested, and see how fares the settlement of Imloth Melui, to the north along the road. There is a meeting of roads just south of Imloth Melui, in Lossarnach. Let us go there and assess the situation.'
A waggon is stopped in the road. You recongnize its driver from his exasperated expression

Objective 2

  • Talk to Bandron on the road south of Imloth Melui

Bandron is by his waggon in Lossarnach, south of Imloth Melui.

Nethadan: 'Oh, hello there, <name>. How have you been keeping? I have been doing well.
'My father was not pleased with me when returned to him in Tarlang's Neck, but he is always looking for a reason to be unhappy. I told him to look on the bright side, as I do. After all, we will never want for nails! I have never known him to have enough of something before, and now he does. How many can say that? Very few folk!'
Bandron: 'I did not expect to see you again, <name>. I am not too proud to tell you that when Nethadan returned to my waggon with that second barrel of nails, I considered giving up on my profession and becoming a recluse then and there! I weighed that course very seriously, but in the end I decided it would be shameful to surrender to such a trial and I remain a waggon-driver.
'My son has done nothing but make me regret that choice ever since! "Father, I ate too many apples." "Father, I think I have a splinter." "Father, I miss the sun." When I was a boy, I would have taken this eternal night with more grace than he does, truly.
'We are bound for Minas Tirith and its Houses of Healing with a supply of Cemenduril liquor from Galengam's Divine and Delicate Draughts, but I do not know if we will have safe passage. We encountered a traveller on the road who says Harlond is full of Orcs! Can you investigate if this is so? There are three places I would know about, in particular: the entrance to Harlond, the docks, and the gatehouse in the Rammas Echor, the wall that encircles the Pelennor.'

Objective 3

  • Look within Harlond, near the entrance of the city
  • Look within Harlond, near the docks
  • Look within Harlond, near the gate of the Rammas Echor

Bandron has asked you to go to Harlond and look at certain locations to determine whether it is safe for him to go that way: the entrance of the city, the docks, and the gate in the Rammas Echor, the Pelennor's encircling wall.

You are near the entrance of Harlond, gateway to the Pelennor
Harlond appears to have been devastated by the attack of a large force
You are near the docks of Harlond
The docks of Harlond have been seized by the enemy
You are near the gate in the Rammas Echor
The Rammas Echor, which blocks the way to the Pelennor, is besieged by the enemy

Objective 4

  • Talk to Bandron on the road south of Imloth Melui

Bandron is by his waggon in Lossarnach, south of Imloth Melui.

You have investigated the port of Harlond and found that it is occupied by the enemy. Bandron will not be able to go that way.

Bandron: 'Harlond is overrun? If we cannot get to the south-gate in the Rammas, we will not be able to bring our wares to Minas Tirith! What is it like to have good fortune? I would truly like to know, for I have never had it!
'If there is a bright side to this news, it is that I suspected it was so. No ill news is truly surprising to me anymore, <name>! We cannot return to Galengam without selling his goods, so I sent Nethadan to Imloth Melui to find a purchaser for our Cemenduril liquor. Go north to the town and find my son, for he has not yet returned.'

Objective 5

Nethadan is in the town of Imloth Melui, to the north of Bandron.

Bandron: 'We cannot return to Galengam without selling his goods, so I sent Nethadan to Imloth Melui to find a purchaser for our Cemenduril liquor. Go north to the town and find my son, for he has not yet returned.'
Nethadan: 'Hello there, <name>! What good timing! I was just telling these ladies about some of our adventures. Do you remember when we fought off those Corsair raiders together? That was really something, was it not?'
Nethadan already looks happier than you have ever seen him, and his mood only improves when you tell him that the road through Harlond is closed.
'How unfortunate! How ill-fated! Even so, I think this will be a fine place to stay until the road is clear. This is the perfect place to bring our waggon of valuable healing liquors. Did you know that this town has produced some of the finest healers in all the kingdom?
'Now where was I? Oh yes! I have always sought to provide for my family and my dear old dad. He will never want for nails, for example...'

Objective 6

  • Talk to Bandron on the road south of Imloth Melui

Bandron is on the road south of Imloth Melui, waiting for his son Nethadan to return.

Nethadan: 'I think this will be a fine place to stay until the road is clear. This is the perfect place to bring our waggon of valuable healing liquors. Did you know that this town has produced some of the finest healers in all the kingdom?
'Now where was I? Oh yes! I have always sought to provide for my family and my dear old dad. He will never want for nails, for example...'
Angbor: 'This waggon-driver serves Galengam, a merchant from my own town of Calembel. I have found Galengam's prices to be rather higher than is fair, and have spoken to the merchant about it before.'
Bandron: 'I did not know you travelled with Lord Angbor of Lamedon, <name>! It is my honour to serve him in any way I can, and I truly hope you have no tidings of Nethadan that might embarrass me in the presence of my liege!'
Bandron is shaking with obvious terror of what you might say, and he exhales with obvious relief when you tell him that Nethadan believes Imloth Melui will be a good place to stay until the road through Harlond is open.
'That is my responsible boy! I have often prided myself on the example he sets for others, my Lord Angbor! Why, I think he seeks to model his behaviour after your own son, Drambor. That is my Nethadan all right!'
Privately, you think to yourself that perhaps both father and son have more in common than either would admit.

Objective 7

  • Talk to Angbor on the road south of Imloth Melui

Angbor is standing by Bandron's waggon on the road south of Imloth Melui, in Lossarnach.

Bandron: 'That is my responsible boy! I have often prided myself on the example he sets for others, my Lord Angbor! Why, I think he seeks to model his behaviour after your own son, Drambor. That is my Nethadan all right!'
Angbor: 'The waggon-driver's son speaks wisdom. I have heard that Imloth Melui is known for the quality of its healers, and the folk here will know the value of the goods on this waggon.'