Quest:Instance: A Road Through the Dark

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Quest:Instance: A Road Through the Dark
Level 1
Type Solo only
Starts with Bounder Boffin
Starts at Green Hill Country
Start Region The Shire
Map Ref [33.5S, 68.4W]
Ends with Strider
Ends at Archet
End Region Archet
Map Ref [25.1S, 48.8W]
Quest Group Introduction (Hobbit/Man)
Race(s) Hobbit
Quest Text
Note: This is the Tutorial quest, and is skipped if the player chooses the skip tutorial option at the start of the game, in which case the game starts at the next quest in the chain.

Bestowal dialog

"While out for a night-time stroll in the Shire, there is a certain unpleasant feeling lingering about…something on the air is strange tonight. Perhaps it is only the unseasonable chill, or the great darkness of this particular evening. But surely it is nothing noteworthy, for this is the Shire, and it is rare indeed for any evil to touch this land."

Background

While out for a nighttime stroll, you encounter Bounder Boffin on an especially dark road in the Shire.

Objective 1

  • Walk up the road

You are out for a stroll, but someone appears to be on the road ahead (a bit of an occasion for these quiet parts.)

You should speak with the fellow on the road ahead of you. Speak with Elrond, who is urgent to speak with you. Right-click on characters to interact.

You are out for a stroll, and there appears to be someone else on the road

Objective 2

  • Walk up the road

You are out for a stroll, but someone appears to be on the road ahead (a bit of an occasion for these quiet parts.)

You should speak with the fellow on the road ahead of you.

Bounder Boffin says, "Who goes there?"
Bounder Boffin says, "Who are you, and what do you want?"
You should speak with the hobbit who calls out to you

Objective 3

  • Talk to the fellow on the road

You have encountered a rattled Bounder on the road in the Green Hill Country.

You should speak with Bounder Boffin to hear what he has to say.

Bounder Boffin: 'Who goes there? What is your business on the road? I'm a Bounder -- answer me at once!'
The hobbit is startled, but the alarm on his face melts into relief when he sees your face.
'Oh thank goodness -- a hobbit! I'm awfully sorry; I just had a bit of a scare. Something doesn't feel right tonight.'
  • Listen to Bounder Boffin
Bounder Boffin says, "You startled me, that's all."
Bounder Boffin says, "There's an odd chill in the air tonight -- very strange. Do you feel it?"
Bounder Boffin says, "We'll both feel safer if you come along with me. Do you know how to fight, <name>?"
Bounder Boffin says, "You just need a weapon of some sort."
Bounder Boffin says, "Here is the satchel I dropped when you startled me."
Bounder Boffin says, "Inside is a spare weapon. You should loot it for yourself, and then equip it to use it."

Objective 4

  • Examine the satchel on the side of the road

The satchel is near Bounder Boffin on the road.

You should peek inside the satchel to see if it contains anything that could be useful to you on a dark night like tonight.

There is a weapon in the satchel. You should now loot and equip it before attempting to fight

Objective 5

  • Talk to Bounder Boffin to begin the practice fight

Bounder Boffin wishes to see if you are capable of wielding a blade to defend yourself.

You should practice sparring with Bounder Boffin so that you will both feel more confident on the dark road.

Bounder Boffin: 'Have you equipped your weapon yet, <name>? Let's practice on each other now!'
  • Practice your skills with a weapon on Bounder Boffin
Bounder Boffin says, "Try coming at me, <name>!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Well done! You ought to consider being a Bounder yourself someday!"
You have proven that you can fight; now it is safer to proceed on the patrol

Objective 6

  • Follow Bounder Boffin

Bounder Boffin wishes to patrol the road, for he had an eerie sort of feeling about this night.

You should patrol the road with Bounder Boffin.

Bounder Boffin says, "Oh my! Did you hear something?"
Bounder Boffin says, "There, down the road! Who could that be?"
Peregrin Took says, "I'm hungry! We've been walking for at least an hour!"
Samwise Gamgee says, "You ate my loaf of bread AND yours already, Mr. Pippin."
Peregrin Took says, "Now Sam, don't be stingy! I know you have another. Let's have it here!"
Frodo Baggins says, "Poor Sam! You'll never have a peaceful meal again-- hello, who's this?"
Bounder Boffin says, "More travellers at night! And who might you be?"
Frodo Baggins says, "Well met, my good bounder! My name is…Underhill."
Frodo Baggins says, "And here are my fellow travellers, Samwise Gamgee and Peregrin Took."
Bounder Boffin says, "Why, I've never seen so many hobbits out of bed! And on such a strange night, too."
Peregrin Took says, "Strange? But it is a lovely night for a stroll!"
Frodo Baggins says, "Hush, Pippin…What do you mean, strange? Have you seen anything odd along the road?"
Samwise Gamgee says, "Mercy, what is that?"
Frodo Baggins says, "I think…."
Frodo Baggins says, "…I think we should get off this road at once."
Peregrin Took says, "You don't need to tell me that twice!"
Samwise Gamgee says, "Mr. Frodo! What are you waiting for?"
Frodo Baggins says, "…I'm coming, Sam."
Black Rider says, "Hssss…stay, halflings!"
Black Rider says, "Where is Bagginss? Speak!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Th-there aren't no B-bagginses in these parts, sir!"
Black Rider says, "Little Fools…."
Bounder Boffin says, "Gracious me! Did you see that, <name>?"
Black Rider says, "You will be dealt with later!"
Bounder Boffin says, "L-let's get out of here!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Odo's farm! I'll get this door open, and we can cut through…."
Bounder Boffin says, "Got it!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Eek! Spiders!"
Bounder Boffin says, "How I detest spiders!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Will you clear the path, <name>?"
Menacing spiders block your path

Objective 7 & 8

The spiders are in Odo's Leaf Farm.

Bounder Boffin is afraid of spiders, and wishes for you to clear the path before he ventures further down.

Bounder Boffin says, "I hate spiders…."
Bounder Boffin says, "Let's press on!"

Objective 9

  • Talk to Bounder Boffin

Bounder Boffin is waiting for you on the path.

You should speak with Bounder Boffin before continuing your escape through the farm.

Bounder Boffin: 'You're a bolder hobbit than I! Well done, <name>. Let's press on!'

Objective 10

  • Follow Bounder Boffin

Bounder Boffin is waiting for you on the path.

You should follow Bounder Boffin to escape the menace on the road.

Bounder Boffin says, "Blast! I just need to find the key…."
Bounder Boffin says, "Here we go."
Bounder Boffin says, "Got it!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Mercy me! Spider webs!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Have you ever seen such enormous webs, <name>?"

Objective 11

Bounder Boffin will need protection from spiders as he hacks at their sturdy webs.

You should defeat spiders and protect Bounder Boffin while he tries to get you to safety.

Bounder Boffin says, "I'll hew the webs. Will you protect me from any spiders that come along?"
Bounder Boffin says, "I hate spiders…."

Objective 12

  • Talk to Bounder Boffin

Bounder Boffin is trying to get to safety through Odo's Leaf Farm.

You should follow Bounder Boffin to a safer road, which will lead you both to a nearby town.

Bounder Boffin: 'We're close now, <name>! Odo's farm will get us safe to the road, and from there we can get to the nearest town…hopefully without encountering any spiders, or worse.'

Objective 13

  • Follow Bounder Boffin

Bounder Boffin is trying to get to safety through Odo's Leaf Farm.

You should follow Bounder Boffin to a safer road, which will lead you both to a nearby town.

Bounder Boffin says, "Ah! At last."
Bounder Boffin says, "I don't see any more spiders! Hooray!"

Objective 14 & 15

  • Follow Bounder Boffin

Bounder Boffin is trying to get to safety through Odo's Leaf Farm.

You should follow Bounder Boffin to a safer road, which will lead you both to a nearby town.

Bounder Boffin says, "This is the last door until we get to the road!"
Bounder Boffin says, "We did it! There's the road ahead!"
Mundo Sackville-Baggins says, "Brigands! We're being chased!"
Celandine Brandybuck says, "Help! Help!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Mundo Sackville-Baggins! Celandine Brandybuck! What are you doing here?"
Mundo Sackville-Baggins says, "What does it look like, you ninny?"
Mundo Sackville-Baggins says, "We are being chased by brigands! Do something about it!"
Celandine Brandybuck says, "Come, let's cut through the farm! We can lock them out!"
Bounder Boffin says, "But-but there are spiders behind that door, and a terrible horseman on the road! We only just escaped!"
Brigand Leader says, "There they are!"
Brigand says, "Get them!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Brigands! Help!"
Celandine Brandybuck says, "Keep away, you brutes!"
Brigand Leader says, "You'll not be getting away from us this time, Mr. Baggins!"
Brigand says, "Got you at last! You've got nowhere to run."
Brigand Leader says, "You'll be coming to Archet with us, all of you. The Rider will decide your fate there!"
Bounder Boffin says, "Oh!"
Mundo Sackville-Baggins says, "Ouch!"
Celandine Brandybuck says, "You villains! What do you want with Mundo?"
Brigand Leader says, "Your Mr. Baggins is wanted by someone who is lending us great aid in exchange for finding him."
Brigand says, "The Blackwolds will have unimaginable power now, thanks to your Baggins!"
You have awakened inside a prison, surrounded by brigands

Objective 16 & 17

  • Try to get out of your cell

You are in a jail cell, surrounded by the brigands who kidnapped you and your fellow hobbits.

Brigand says, "The Blackwolds will have unimaginable power now, thanks to your Baggins!"
Strider says, "Hobbits seem to turn up in the most unlikely places, Bounder Boffin!"
Strider says, "Are there any other hobbits waiting for rescue in this perilous place, Mr. Boffin?"
Bounder Boffin says, "No indeed, Mr. Ranger! Just me, <name>, Celandine, and Mundo!"
Strider says, "That is a relief! Now come with me, both of you."
You should speak with your grim-looking rescuer

Objective 18

  • Talk to Strider

A mysterious, weather-worn Man is waiting for you in the Brigand jail.

You should speak with your rescuer so that he may guide you out of danger.

Strider: 'Come, <name>! I can see that you have a brave spirit, but it is time to flee. The Baggins they captured is not the Baggins being hunted.
'The brigands will not follow us when they learn of their error, but it would be wise to be far away from here.
'My companion is outside, helping to rescue your friends. Let us join them!'
Follow Strider as he helps you escape

Objective 19

  • Follow Strider

The door that takes you out of the jail is down the corridor from your jail cell.

You should follow Strider out the door of the jail.

Strider says, "Amdir!"
Amdir says, "Strider! I cannot hold him back, my friend!"

Objective 20

  • Follow Strider

Amdir has helped to rescue your friends from the cruel Brigands.

You are now supposed to meet up with Strider's companion, a Ranger named Amdir.

Strider says, "The door is locked! Hold fast, Amdir!"
Bounder Boffin says, "O help us!"
Amdir says, "Back, wraith! Begone!"
Amdir says, "Ahh…!"
Strider says, "No!"
Black Rider says, "Enough!"
Black Rider says, "This is not the end, Dúnadan."
Strider says, "Come, hobbits. It is safe now."
Celandine Brandybuck says, "Poor Amdir!"
The Black Rider is gone, but Strider's fellow Ranger is grievously wounded

Objective 21

  • Talk to Strider

Strider now kneels by his grievously wounded friend, Amdir.

You should talk to Strider, for he will best know what to do next.

Strider: 'Stay close to me this night, <name>…we must get Amdir to safey. It is to Archet that me must flee!
'Bounder Boffin, you should go back to the Shire. Its bounds must be kept safe. Celandine, Mundo -- come with me. I worry for Mundo's safety when all the wicked folk west of the Greenway are searching for "Baggins". Alas that my true charge must wait!'
You have unlocked the movie 'Hobbits and Men - Jailbreak'.