Quest:Chapter 7.6: Danger at the Drop

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Chapter 7.6: Danger at the Drop
Level 116
Type Solo
Starts with Náin the Slakeless
Starts at Járnfast
Ends with Durin
Ends at Járnfast
Quest Group The Black Book of Mordor: Chapter 7
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'Durin has a fine mind for military tactics and strategy, but he has little in the way of true experience, <name>. Once he returns to his father in the Lonely Mountain, it will be more difficult for him to attain such valuable seasoning. I must impart to him what I can before he sets forth, and goes beyond the reach of my training.

'As it happens, the state of affairs in the Ironfold could use some adjustment. My nephew may be just the one to do it, all while getting some good experience of his own. The town of Utterby was occupied by the Jangovar on their way to the Lonely Mountain, and I hear reports that Easterling reinforcements climb Skald's Drop every day. Many of them gather in tents around the city, and they ravage the lands thereabout.

'Durin, I ask that you go to Utterby with <name> and do what you can to combat our foes. It will be a good opportunity for you to accomplish two goals at once: to show what you have learned and to aid the people of the Ironfold. Do you agree to this plan?'

Background

Náin the Slakeless hopes that you and his nephew Durin will be able to combat some of the Easterling threat that remains within the Ironfold.

Objective 1

Durin is at his uncle's throne in Járnfast.

Durin: 'I am ready for the challenge if you are, <name>! Let us go at once to Utterby and assess the situation. I know it is foolish to rush into battle without a plan, so meet me outside the city and we will gather the information we need to attain victory!
'You will not be disappointed, Uncle Náin! Let us go, my friend. Utterby awaits!'

Objective 2

Durin is east of Utterby, in the Ironfold.

Durin eagerly watches the town of Utterby, threatened by the Jangovar
Durin: 'There lies the town of Utterby, surrounded by the tents of the Jangovar. I do not think all who remain within are warriors, <name>. We have no quarrel with the refugees, but those of the Jangovar who bear weapons wish us ill, and I mark them our enemies.
'My uncle spoke true when he said I have little combat experience, but I have studied the art of war and am no novice in battlefield understanding! I was taught that the efficient commander finds the victory, and that is what I want to become. Let us use the words of [Dwarf: our] [non-Dwarf: my] people to communicate on the battlefield, <name>. The Jangovar ill not understand us if we speak in this way, and that will give us an advantage.
'[Dwarf: Surely you remember these phrases? Ah, it must have been awhile since you learned them, for you are the fortunate one and have been out adventuring, while I have been stuck in class!] First comes biraisbêj tharâkh, "scouting the approaches." If I shout "biraisbêj tharâkh!" you will know we need to scout the locations to which our efforts turn. Next comes bini'zêg utrâd, "blinding the watchers." Your objective in that case will be to defeat any lookouts that threaten to raise the alarm. Our next aim will be mahinsês mamahkhafdân, "rescuing the prisoners," if any Dale-folk have been taken captive. By that point we should see about isgêr narakakâ, "defeating the reinforcements" that are likely to come from Skald's Drop. I am still working out the kernel of a plan, but it may involve ensêkh, "setting the trap," if all goes well.
'Do you understand all this, <name>? Good! We cannot fail!'

Objective 3

  • Biraisbij tharâkh: Jangovar tents on the eastern side of Utterby
  • Biraisbij tharâkh: Jangovar tents on the southern side of Utterby
  • Bini'zig utrâd (0/4)

Durin suggested using dwarf-phrases that will be unfamiliar to the Jangovar in order to confuse your foes and to attain strategic advantage when you move against them:

Biraisbêj tharâkh, "scouting the approaches."
Bini'zêg utrâd, "blinding the watchers."
Mahinsês mamahkhafdân, "rescuing the prisoners."
Isgêr narakakâ, "defeating the reinforcements."
Ensêkh, "setting a trap."

You study the arrangement of the tents on the eastern side of Utterby
You study the arrangement of the tents on the southern side of Utterby
Defeated lookouts near Utterby (4/4)

Objective 4

  • Mahinsis mamahkhafdân (0/2)

Durin suggested using dwarf-phrases that will be unfamiliar to the Jangovar in order to confuse your foes and to attain strategic advantage when you move against them:

Biraisbêj tharâkh, "scouting the approaches."
Bini'zêg utrâd, "blinding the watchers."
Mahinsês mamahkhafdân, "rescuing the prisoners."
Isgêr narakakâ, "defeating the reinforcements."
Ensêkh, "setting a trap."

The prisoner is grateful for your help, and makes his escape!
Prisoner of the Jangovar says, "You have given me my freedom! I thank you for it!"
Prisoner of the Jangovar says, "Thank you, oh thank you!"

Objective 5

  • Isgir narakakâ (0/4)
  • Ensikh to waylay the Jangovar at the cliff-face near Skald's Drop (0/2)

Durin suggested using dwarf-phrases that will be unfamiliar to the Jangovar in order to confuse your foes and to attain strategic advantage when you move against them:

Biraisbêj tharâkh, "scouting the approaches."
Bini'zêg utrâd, "blinding the watchers."
Mahinsês mamahkhafdân, "rescuing the prisoners."
Isgêr narakakâ, "defeating the reinforcements."
Ensêkh, "setting a trap."

Defeated reinforcements near Skald's Drop (4/4)
Durin: 'I have been ensêkh, <name>! Weaken the cliff-face and we may be able to stall the Jangovar passage up the Drop!'
CRACKS IN THE DROP "If these cracks in the rock could be expanded, the Drop might be made impassable for enemies seeking to assault the Ironfold."
Digging ...
Weakened the cliff-face (2/2)

Objective 6

  • Talk to Durin at Skald's Drop

Durin is beneath the rising cliff-face at Skald's Drop.

Durin: 'I think we have done very well, <name>! My uncle is sure to be impressed by the work we have done to combat the Jangovar here in the Ironfold. And better: by weakening the cliff-face we have made it possible to hinder the flow of the Jangovar reinforcements climbing Skald's Drop. We will not collapse the path now, but dwarves will be able to do so at my uncle's command, should he deem it necessary.
'Let us return to him in Járnfast with these good tidings!'
Durin: 'We have done a great deal to hinder the efforts of the Jangovar Easterlings in the Ironfold, Uncle Náin.'

Objective 7

  • Talk to Náin the Slakeless in Járnfast

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

Náin the Slakeless: 'Durin told me of the work you two did near Utterby and Skald's Drop, and I must commend you for it. I do not think the Jangovar will long remain in the Ironfold to trouble us!
'Part of me wishes my nephew would remain here to assist me with finishing the job. As Lord of the Iron Hills, I command much respect and bear a great deal of responsibility for maintaining their peace, by my brother Thorin outranks me in age and in authority. He calls for his son, and I will not stand in the way!
'It is time for my nephew to learn what it takes to lead, and to grow into the greatness of his name. Was it not for that very purpose that his father named him Durin?'

Objective 7

  • Talk to Durin in Járnfast

Durin can be found by his uncle's throne in Járnfast.

Durin: 'Ah, I hate when he talks like this, <name>. I love my uncle, but not a day goes by without him telling me that I must be Durin the Deathless come again. Can you imagine it? It is quite frustrating.
'It is not an uncommon name among my people, and no one forbade my father from naming me thus! It is not fair to compare me to such a measure... It would not be fair to anyone!'