Quest:Grave Tidings

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Grave Tidings
Level 105
Type Solo
Starts with Maendal
Starts at Haerondir
Start Region The Wastes
Map Ref [36.6S, 8.5W]
Ends with Mincham
Ends at Tham Durlan
End Region The Wastes
Map Ref [33.4S, 8.0W]
Quest Chain The Wastes: Dagorlad
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'I have a favour to ask of you, my friend. One of our own, Laeglaw, has set out to scout the hill of Ondoher's Folly. He fears a company of Orcs lay in wait and seek to encircle the Host as it draws closer to the Black Gate.

'Laeglaw was firm in his desire to scout the hill, but these lands are hostile to us all. We cannot risk scouting alone any longer - for the Enemy's forces may be arrayed against us just out of sight. Thus, I bid the Ranger Mincham accompany him in his patrol.

'<Name>, I know that you and the Ranger have crossed paths many times, and I trust that he shall be of aid to Laeglaw - especially with his knowledge of the Enemy's language. Patience also seems to be a virtue of his, as a lore-master of sorts named Artamir begged to follow him out to Ondoher's Folly, and he was gracious enough to escort the fellow there. The man is no warrior, and it troubles me that he might endanger their cause through carelessness.

'As far as I know, they have travelled to ruins due north of here. The ruins are known as Tham Durlan, but with so little left intact, it is difficult to tell them from any other. Meet them there, and aid Laeglaw and Mincham if you are able... and keep a close watch on Artamir for me.'

Background

As the Host of the West marches to war, the Rangers of Ithilien have discovered a force of Orcs entrenched upon the hill where King Ondoher of Gondor was slain long ago.

Objective 1

  • Talk to Laeglaw at Tham Durlan

Laeglaw can be found at Tham Durlan, due north of Haerondir in Dagorlad.

Maendal has asked you to aid Laeglaw in his patrol of Dagorlad and his plans to act against the Orcs entrenched at Ondoher's Folly.

Laeglaw:
'<name>! Keep your head low and -- oh, I meant no offence, my friend. Let us speak swiftly and quietly about what is to be down about the Orcs nearby!'
'I have not come alone, Mincham and I cannot defend against their numbers. As for the Lore-master, Artamir does not even have a weapon to wield! He imagines this some sort of careless expedition, I think. I hope he realizes his folly soon, but not by an Orkish blade!'
'Most of their forces are gathered up ahead upon the hill of Ondoher's Folly, but a small outpost lies to the north-east just over this ridge. We know little of their intent, but I worry they aim to endanger the Host of the West before it reaches the Black Gate - even if their Master wishes otherwise.'
'We must lear more of their purpose at Ondoher's Folly, but I shall not risk a direct attack until we know more. travel to their utpost and see if you cna discover anything from the Orcs encamped there.'

Objective 2

  • Patrol Ashtok to the north of Haerondir

Ashtok can be found just over the ridge to the north-east of Laeglaw in Dagorlad.

Laeglaw has asked you to patrol Ashtok and learn what you can of the Orcs' purpose at Ondoher's Folly.

A few Orcs roam about the outpost, pausing to pick at the numerous bones piled within

Objective 3

  • Defeat Orcs and search them for orders

Ashtok can be found just over the ridge to the north-east of Laeglaw in Dagorlad.

You have arrived at Ashtok and should now defeat Orcs and discover if any of them are bearing orders from the Enemy.

You discover a smudged piece of parchment in the Orc's keeping!

Objective 4

  • Read the smudged orders

The smudged orders can be found in your keeping.

You have collected smudged orders from one of the Orcs you defeated and should now attempt to read them.

Orders:
New Sacrifices
We have nearly exhauseted our supply of Gondorian prisoners, but I have heard tell that a great force of men approaches from the south-west. Capture any that draw to close and make ready to deliver them to Faltor-shik. After you have claimed those men, return to Mordor and gather any weak or elderly Nurnhoth you can find. Promise them freedom from their shackles, but instead deliver them to me upon the hill of sacrifice.
The Bloodletter
The orders demand slaves and captives be delivered to somewhere known as Faltor-shík for slaughter

Objective 5

  • Deliver the orders to Laeglaw at Tham Durlan

Laeglaw can be found due north of Haerondir at Tham Durlan.

You have discovered the Orcs' troubling orders, and should now bring them to Laeglaw.

Laeglaw:
'What have you learned of the Orcs planhs, <name>? Were you able to recover any orders from them?'
You show Laeglaw the orders, but his face twists in concentration when sees the phrase in the Black Speech.
'Our foes to the north are great in number as we expected, but I am left with more questions. The identity of this Bloodletter is unknown to us. They also have many unfortunate priosners in their keeping, but we do not know what or where this "Faltyor-shik" could be. It troubles me, my friend. Much of this writing is in Westron - for what purpose is asingle phrase in the tounge of the Orcs?
'I assumed that bringing along an lore-master such as Artamir might have been of breat help for us to such a chance find, but the man seems repulsed at the mere mention of the Black Speech. The poor fellow should have stayed back at Haerondir...
'It seems Maendal was wise to ask for Mincham's aid after all -- the Ranger is well-learned in the languages of the Enemy. Bring this missive to Minchim and see what he can make of it.'

Objective 6

  • Talk to Mincham at Tham Durlan

Mincham can be found at Tham Durlan, near to Laeglaw.

You have retrieved the Orcs' orders, but a curious phrase in the Black Speech of the Orcs has left Laeglaw vexed. He has asked you to have Mincham aid in its translation.

Mincham:
'What is this missive you bear?'
You explain to mincham that you have need of his knowledge of the Black Speech once more. He takes the orders from you, and begins to read it. When he reaches te phrase in the Black Speech, he suddenly halts.
'By my reading of these order, I understand Ondoher's Folly and Faltor-shik to be the very same, and it seems that the Orcs have made something far worse of tht hill than a mere strategic holding. That phrase, Faltor-shik, it... it means the Fane of Screaming. Such a name... it affords new significance to the grim structures that tower over the hill.
'It is not merely an Orkish encampment, my friend, but a temple of slaughter.'