Quest:Chapter 7.5: Errands at the Ironfort

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Chapter 7.5: Errands at the Ironfort
Level 116
Type Solo
Starts with Authi Gem-cutter
Starts at Járnfast
Ends with Authi Gem-cutter
Quest Group The Black Book of Mordor: Chapter 7
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'I am going to find a tavern and spend some coin and some time while you go about the second part of our errand, <name>. I have heard the Quenching Trough is quite good; look for me there if you need me.

'King Thorin's younger brother Náin is Lord of the Ironfort, and you should find him at his throne, atop the northern ramps. They call him Náin the Slakeless now, for his appetite for battle cannot be quenched! I heard his deeds during the Siege of Erebor were quite extraordinary; no doubt he will tell you of them. Once that is done, it is to be hoped he will consent to his nephew Durin travelling with us back through the Ironfold.

'Come find me when you have Durin in your company and are ready to return to the Lonely Mountain.'

Background

You have completed the first part of your commitment to King Thorin, and now it is time to undertake the second portion of your responsibility: bringing word to his son Durin that it is time to return to the Lonely Mountain.

Objective 1

Náin the Slakeless, Lord of the Ironfort, can be found at his throne atop the northern ramps.

With his steel teeth, a false eye, and a golden ear, Náin is an impressive figure

Objective 2

Náin the Slakeless, Lord of the Ironfort, can be found at his throne atop the northern ramps.

Náin: 'You come from the Lonely Mountain, and from my brother? I bid you welcome, but I do not know why he sent you to me. I saw him short weeks ago, when the siege was lifted. Aye, I did my part in lifting it! I cannot image there have been events of import enough to send a messenger so soon.
'My older brother Thorin did little in the way of fighting during the war. We have always been different, and ladies of our mutual acquaintance will happily tell you my blood runs hotter than his, and my temper too! It is not a slight, do not take it as such! He is the King Under the Mountain and I am Lord of the Ironfort and Iron Hills, both stations of importance, but I am sworn to serve him regardless, for he is my elder and dear to me, but he is also my king, and that alone merits respect.
'You are here for his son? When the Easterlings brought their war through the Ironfold, Thorin sent word to me that Durin was to remain within the Ironfort, and I saw it done. Afterwards I marched to the Lonely Mountain and there engaged in such a battle as you would hardly believe! Stranded atop one of the spurs of the Mountain I was, wielding the Black Mattock with unheralded ferocity. Well, I heralded it aplenty now to me minstrels, so in time folk from all about will hear the tale, or my minstrels will have an earful to match the golden one I earned following the battle!
'If it had been up to me, Durin would have come with me to the fighting. Alas it was not. His father has always been a cautious sort. The boy was not happy about staying behind, and he spends most of his days deep in his cups, drowning resentment and his boredom. Go to the Quenching Trough, his preferred tavern, and give him the news that his father seeks him. He will surely be pleased.'

Objective 3

  • Find Durin in the Quenching Trough opposite the entrance to Járnfast

The Quenching Trough is a low-ceilinged tavern opposite the entrance to Járnfast.

You have found Durin, but he seems unprepared for your tidings
Authi Gem-cutter says: 'Look in the corner. I found Durin!'
'The son of King Thorin is here, but he is deep in his cups.'

Objective 4

  • Talk to Durin in the Quenching Trough

Durin is in the Quenching Trough, a low-ceiling tavern opposite the entrance to Járnfast.

Durin: 'What d'you want? Leave m'alone, stranger. Don't want to talk to you. M'busy.'
Durin takes a long pull from his beer, spilling quite a lot of it, and wipes his beard with the back of his hand. He peers at you woozily, apparently trying to decide why you haven't left yet. You introduce yourself as <name>, an emissary from King Thorin, and describe your charge. Durin's eyes widen and he sets his mug down on the table too heavily.
Durin sits up straight, and the change is striking: he stares at you alertly

Objective 5

  • Talk to Durin (again) in the Quenching Trough

Durin is in the Quenching Trough, a low-ceilinged tavern opposite the entrance to Járnfast.

Durin: 'My father wants me to return to Erebor? These are joyous tidings indeed! I thought I would never be permitted to leave the Ironfort again, neither in peace or in war. More the pity that the was is ended, and I never had the chance to prove myself in it!'
His drink-bred surliness is gone, but now it is replaced with a sudden flash of uncertainty.
'Am I ready to prove myself? My father did not think me strong enough to fight, commanding me to remain behind the sealed doors of the Ironfort. How can I know I will make him proud now, untested as I am?
'What did you say you name was again? <name>? Let us go now to my uncle Náin and tell him we leave at once. I... I am ready to prove myself worthy, and let none doubt my resolve!'

Objective 6

  • Talk to Náin the Slakeless in Járnfast

Náin the Slakeless, Lord of the Ironfort, can be found at his throne atop the northern ramps.

Náin: 'I see you found my nephew, <name>. Very good! I had a task in mind for him to complete, but now that he is needed at the Lonely Mountain I shall find someone else to take care of it.
'What is that, Durin? Speak up, boy; my recent exploits have done something to my hearing. I can't image what. You want to handle this task before you set out for the Mountain? Ah, I am proud of you! Truly you will be a great king someday. Why, dare I say it...
Nay, I will not say it. You will grow into your name; of that I have no doubt. Let me tell you the details about this task I have for you and for <name>. I am sure <name> does not wish to be left out? No, of course not!'