Quest:Deciphering the Black Speech

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Deciphering the Black Speech
Level 32
Type Solo
Starts with Daervunn
Starts at Esteldín Central Courtyard
Start Region The North Downs
Map Ref [9.5S, 41.3W]
Quest Group North Downs
Quest Chain The Black Tide of Angmar
Quest Text


Note, that this quest was removed in Update 13.

Bestowal dialogue

'We are close to finding out the intentions of the invading Orcs, friend. We need to learn what is written upon these pages. While there are none currently here in Esteldín that can decipher these notes, there is a Ranger in the North Downs who can.

'Mincham has long studied the Enemy and their Black Speech. Would you carry the orders to him at his camp in the west? He is encamped near the Fields of Fornost at the south-west edge.

'Hurry, <name>. Time is of the essence.'


A great host of Orcs spilled through Ram Dúath, driving the Men of the North Downs from their farms. Esteldín, home of the few remaining Dúnedain of the North, was spared discovery. It is from there that the Rangers begin to plan their counter-offensive against the black tide of Angmar.

Objective 1

Mincham has a small camp overlooking the Greenway just south of the Fields of Fornost.

Daervunn returned the orders to you and sent you to speak with Mincham, who is proficient in the Black Speech of Mordor, at his camp bordering the Fields of Fornost in the west. He hopes that Mincham will be able to translate the orders.

Daervunn: 'We must learn what is written on those pages, <name>. We must know how strong their forces are and what their true intentions are within the North Downs.'
Mincham: 'I smelled the foul documents when you made your way into my camp. Estedín needs me again, I see. Give them here.
'These are indeed orders, orders to dig trenches. It also mentions a leader in the south and another who made his way into Fornost. This news is troublesome, friend. The Orcs are organized under a unified leadership. The North Downs was a prize to claim for Angmar, and the Orc-tribes each want to win the prize, but despite their nature they are working together.
'Their assault on Trestlebridge and burning the fields was a diversion so they could enter Fornost. I wonder what they desire there? Quickly return to Daervunn.'
Accept and...
Mincham says, "Before you go, I would ask that you hear me out."
Mincham says, "We must warn the others in the North Downs of the threats we face. -- (See Walkthrough)"

Objective 2

Daervunn awaits your return at Esteldín.

Mincham returned the orders to you and sent you back to Daervunn with his report.

Mincham says, "Before you go, I would ask that you hear me out."
Mincham says, "We must warn the others in the North Downs of the threats we face."
Mincham: 'The Black Speech is a foul and vile tongue, but I suppose my knowledge of it will aid my kindred….'
Daervunn: 'We must form a plan and strike quickly. If there are Uruk-leaders amongst the Orcs, then we must find them and end them before they claim the North Downs. This is no time for hesitation.
'I will see that Halbarad is informed of what you learned, <name>. Thank you for your assistance. Please take this reward for you efforts.'