Quest:Chapter 2.1: Heirloom of Cardolan
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|Start Region||The Wastes|
|Ends at||The Haven of Orladion|
|Quest Group||The Black Book of Mordor|
|Walkthrough & Notes|
'I have studied the artifact that Ayorzén stole from the vault of Durthang. It bears a powerful corruption, but it was not made in the land of Mordor. It came from elsewhere, and the corruption that envelops it stems from its long stay in the Black Land. If this evil could be cleansed, I believe that Elrond could imbue it with a powerful and vital force for Good.
'Before that can happen, however, we must do something about the corruption that Mordor has worked upon it. There are different methods to accomplish this, though the Wise disagree upon the effectiveness of each. My preferred means for such a cure is to bring the corrupted item to the place where it was made, or to places of some significance upon its path, and to thereby diffuse the foul touch of Mordor that has, in the interim, claimed it. We must learn the story of this heirloom before it came to Mordor.'
The Wizard turns the artifact over in his hands, studying it for some clue to its origin. It is a sceptre, about the length of the Wizard's forearm, and while there are some markings near the clawed orb at its head, the overall impression is of simplicity.
'This is a sceptre from the Kingdom of Cardolan, of that I have little doubt. The Dúnedain of that land did not care for ornamentation, and this rod lacks the decorations I would expect from most other kingdoms. They fought long against the Witch-king, but he proved victorious, in the end. Perhaps that is when the sceptre was taken to Mordor, and it remained there during the long years since?
'The Eglain of the Lone-lands have often found similar artifacts from the three kingdoms. Go to Ost Guruth, the Ruin-hold in the Lone-lands, and ask Frideric the Elder what he can tell you about this heirloom.'
Mithrandir has studied the artifact that Ayorzén stole from the vault of Durthang, and believes that if it might be cleansed of its corruption it could be empowered with a force for Good.