Quest:Instance: Mazog in the Web

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Instance: Mazog in the Web
Level 63
Type Solo only
Starts with Issuriel
Starts at The Bleak Cellar
Start Region Mirkwood
Map Ref [13.3S, 56.1W]
Quest Group Vol. II. Book 9
Quest Text

Mazog in the Web
"Now the Hidden Guard must brave the dangerous woods and canyons of the Scuttledells, home to the Saewethil, a brood of venomous spiders that will brook no intrusion…"

Background

The Hidden Guard has begun the dangerous journey through the Scuttledells along Râd Iorist.

Objective 1

Sigileth is waiting to speak with you along Râd Iorist, in the Scuttledells.

Sigileth: 'For good or ill, we must walk this dangerous road, <name>; our path lies through the Scuttledells.
'The rest of our company have gone on ahead and will hold the way for you to bring the prisoner to each of them. Spiders and black dogs are everywhere, so remain alert!
'You are familiar already with the support I can provide: I can make our foes bleed out their life-blood, or I can support you with power or morale. Let me know which you desire by shouting your commands for me by this banner.'
Make our enemies bleed!
Malledhrim Banner: You assess the situation and quickly arrive at the support that will be most helpful. 'Make them bleed, Sigileth!' you shout, and the Elf-maiden smiles grimly.
I need morale support!
Malledhrim Banner: You decide that the most useful support is that which will give you the strength to fight onwards. 'Focus on supporting morale, Sigileth!' you shout.
I am in need of power!
Malledhrim Banner: You take stock of the situation and determine that your reserves of power need the support of your ally. 'Concentrate on power restoration, Sigileth!' you shout to her.

Objective 2

Sigileth's position within Râd Iorist is under attack by the spiders of the Scuttledells. You must defend Sigileth and Mazog.

Sigileth says, "Get ready, <name>! Here they come!"
Sigileth says, "The onslaught ceases! This may be our chance, <name>!"

Objective 3

  • Talk to Sigileth

You have weathered a first attack by the spiders along Râd Iorist and should speak now to Sigileth.

Sigileth: 'We may not have much time. Ensure that Mazog's shackles are secure and bring him ahead to where Achardor and Cúcheron await. The sooner we emerge from this web-infested warren, the better for all of us!'

Objective 4

  • Secure Mazog's shackles

The time has come to bring Mazog further along Râd Iorist, though the woods be haunted by spiders.

You pull sticky, clinging webs from the loops of Mazog's shackles, and the Orc stares at you impassively.

Objective 5

  • Quickly follow Mazog through the woods of the Scuttledells

The time has come to bring Mazog further along Râd Iorist, though the woods be haunted by spiders.

Mazog says, "A few spiders do not frighten me."
Mazog says, "If you are frightened, <name>, you can turn around."
Mazog says, "If I was weak like you, <race>, I would not be caught dead out here."
Mazog says, "Or maybe I would! Ha ha ha!"
Achardor says, "Good. Let us waste no time."

Objective 6

Achardor is holding vigil along Râd Iorist, the dangerous road to Dol Guldur that has been chosen by the Hidden Guard.

Achardor: 'I do not like this place, <name>; better to have taken the straight road east to Dol Guldur than to stumble about in these spider-haunted woods! Already I have slain many of the creatures, and I heard Cúcheron's bow singing to the north-west after he went that way.
'That argument is ended, though, and now that we are forced to walk this road, I will do my duty to the Lord and Lady of Lórien and to this Hidden Guard.
'We will fight together! Make use of this Malledhrim banner to provide commands to me: either to support you entirely with offence or defensively, or with a pleasing blend of the two!'

Objective 7

  • Use the Malledhrim banner to issue support commands to Achardor

Achardor is waiting for you to provide a support command for him by using his Malledhrim banner.

I need more defences!
Malledhrim Banner: You assess the situation and decide that a strong defence will be the key to surviving the onslaught of foes. 'Concentrate on our defences, Achardor!' you shout to him and he nods.
I need more offensive support!
Malledhrim Banner: You take stock of the situation and determine that a strong offensive will be the key to winning the day. 'Concentrate on our offensive strength, Achardor!' you cry to him, and he nods agreement.
I need both offence and defence!
Malledhrim Banner: You decide that the most beneficial attack will be one that provides both offensive and defensive strength. 'Work to support our offence and our defence, Achardor!' you shout to him.

Objective 8

  • Defend Mazog

Achardor's position along Râd Iorist has come under attack by the spiders of the Scuttledells. You must defend Mazog from their attack!

Achardor says, "Those are no spiders. More foes approach, and at great speed!"
Achardor says, "We have earned a brief respite."

Objective 9

  • Talk to Achardor

You have weathered another attack by the spiders of the Scuttledells and should speak now to Achardor.

Achardor: 'You fought well, and the creatures have been repelled. Perhaps this road will not be as perilous as I feared after all.
'Cúcheron and Issuriel went ahead, each in a different direction, to scout which way we should proceed.
'They have not returned.'

Objective 10

  • Defend Mazog

The way Cúcheron scouted is not safe, and now the Elf must be defended from the spiders that chase him. Ensure that Mazog is not slain.

Achardor says, "Cúcheron went this way to scout if it be safe."
Achardor says, "Wait...what is that?"
Cúcheron says, "Not this way! Not this way!"
Cúcheron says, "Now I will stand and fight!"
Cúcheron says, "That was much too close, friends!"

Objective 11

Cúcheron has been saved, thanks to yours and Achardor's efforts, and Mazog remains a prisoner of the Hidden Guard.

Cúcheron: 'Quick thought and quicker action, <name>! I have come to expect both from you, and it is fortunate for my continued good health that this is so!
'We cannot take Mazog that way. The spiders become increasingly dense in that direction, and I saw some great bulk moving behind the spiders. There is a terrible menace that way.
'Achardor and I will remain on guard here with Mazog; the spiders have woven great webs behind Issuriel as she passed to the north-east. Clear the way of webs and find Issuriel, and we will follow afterwards.'

Objective 12

  • Talk to Issuriel beyond the webs to the north-east

Issuriel is somewhere along Râd Iorist, to the north-east of Achardor and Cúcheron. The spiders of the Scuttledells have woven webs behind her, and they must be cut away if the Elves are to join her with the prisoner.

Issuriel says, "<name>, over here!"
Issuriel: 'I am so glad to see you, <name>! I thought being here on a mission of such importance would give to me bravery enough...but here among the webs my courage fades, and I just wish to be home.
'It was wisdom to come this way, for we needed secrecy, but here in the dark it is difficult for me to truly know it. I will rely upon you to provide me commands by using this Malledhrim banner. I will support you as I did in the Drownholt; with power, with morale, or with a bit of both. Together, my courage will be the greater against the spiders of this place.
'We are not alone! They return!'

Objective 13

  • Defend Issuriel

Issuriel's position within Râd Iorist has come under attack by the spiders of the Scuttledells. She must be defended.

I need morale support!
Malledhrim Banner: You decide that the most useful support is that which will give you the strength to fight onwards. 'Focus on supporting morale, Issuriel!' you shout.
I am in need of power!
Malledhrim Banner: You take stock of the situation and determine that your reserves of power need the support of your ally. 'Concentrate on power restoration, Issuriel!' you shout to her.
I need both morale and power!
Malledhrim Banner: You assess the situation and determine that you will need both morale and power if you are to win through. 'Support me with both morale and power restoration, Issuriel!' you shout.
Issuriel says, "This way! We will make our stand in this hidden place!"
Issuriel says, "Give me your courage, <name>! Together, we will stand and fight!"
Issuriel says, "At last, their attacks cease!"
Achardor says, "We have made it. Issuriel, are you hurt?"
Issuriel says, "I am fine."

Objective 14

  • Talk to Achardor

Achardor has arrived at Issuriel's position along Râd Iorist, with Mazog in tow.

Achardor: 'Cúcheron and Sigileth have remained behind, for the moment. They will ensure that no spiders can surprise us from the rear.
'The rest of us will move forwards as a group. This way is full of danger, and now we are too far in to turn back! We must continue forwards!'

Objective 15

  • Follow Achardor, Issuriel, and Mazog deeper into the Scuttledells

Achardor has arrived at Issuriel's position along Râd Iorist, with Mazog in tow.

Objective 16

  • Talk to Issuriel

Issuriel has a bad feeling about something and wants to speak to you even as her nervousness grows.

Issuriel: 'Something is wrong. Can you feel it? This place is not safe!'

Objective 17

  • Wait for Issuriel to decide what to do

Issuriel has a bad feeling about something and wants to speak to you even as her nervousness grows.

Issuriel says, "Oh no!"
Achardor says, "We are under attack!"
Achardor says, "I cannot move! The webs are too strong!"
Mazog says, "Your legs may be bound, but mine are not!"
Issuriel says, "Mazog is escaping!"
Issuriel says, "<name>, my legs have not been bound by the webs! I will get Mazog back!"
Issuriel says, "I am not afraid anymore!"
Achardor says, "Do you think you can get free, <name>?"
Achardor says, "Keep trying to break free!"

Objective 18

  • Help Achardor break free of the binding webs

Achardor needs your help to break free of the webs and to follow Issuriel and Mazog deep into the forest of the Scuttledells.

Achardor says, "You did it, <name>! Quickly, help me get free!"
Achardor: 'You have done it, <name>! We are free of the webs and can now follow Issuriel and Mazog before they come to harm!'

Objective 19

  • Defend Achardor

Achardor needs your help to break free of the webs and to follow Issuriel and Mazog deep into the forest of the Scuttledells.

Achardor says, "This way!"

Objective 20

  • Check on the wounded Issuriel

Issuriel has been grievously injured by the spiders of the Scuttledells and lies swooning beneath the light of the full moon. Mazog too has suffered an injury and seems to be in the same state.

Issuriel and Mazog have both been grievously injured, their fates uncertain.'
Achardor says, "Issuriel! Issuriel!"
Issuriel: Issuriel has been grievously injured and is swooning just on the edge of consciousness. Her eyelids flutter weakly, but she does not seem to recognise you.

Objective 21

  • Defend Achardor and the Hidden Guard

The Hidden Guard fights for its survival against the spiders of the Scuttledells, even while one of its number and its charge succumb to the poison of the spiders' master.

Achardor says, "I do not know if we can face this foe, <name>."
Achardor says, "But we will die honourably, as members of the Hidden Guard!"
Sigileth says, "You are not alone! We will stand with you!"
Achardor says, "Sigileth! Cúcheron!"
Sigileth says, "Lanchigil and Egnassigil long for battle!"
Cúcheron says, "Cúmaeth is ready also!"
Achardor says, "The creature is dead...but what victory is this?"

Objective 22

  • Talk to Sigileth

The path of the Hidden Guard along Râd Iorist has ended in disaster: Issuriel and Mazog have both been poisoned, and now the very success of the mission is endangered.

Sigileth: 'This is not how this was supposed to end, <name>. Not only has our charge been poisoned by the venom of Saebereth, but so too has Issuriel. There may not be hope of survival for either of them.
'We cannot proceed any further like this. We must go to the nearest outpost of the Malledhrim, to recover from this sad development.
'If we can recover, <name>. If we can.'
Sigileth: 'Let us go, <name>. We will limp now in defeat to Ost Galadh, where the Golden Host have established an outpost. I cannot believe we have come to this disastrous end!'