Quest:Instance: The Fords Have Fallen

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Instance: The Fords Have Fallen
Level 94
Type Session Play
Starts with Elfhelm
Start Region Westfold
Map Ref [61.8S, 84.5W]
Quest Group Grimslade
Quest Text

Elfhelm recalls his struggle with Grimbold at the end of the Second Battle for the Fords of Isen.

"Following the death of Théodred, the servants of the White Hand launch a second attack upon Elfhelm and Grimbold at the Fords of Isen...."

Background

Elfhelm, one of the leaders fighting alongside Erkenbrand at the Fords of Isen, wishes to fall back at once.

Objective 1

  • Approach the ford

Fallen men are scattered upon the ground at the Fords of Isen.

You should search the men on the ground.

You return to the fords from pursuing a band of Uruks to no avail, and find a scene of utter chaos and despair....

Objective 2

  • See if any of the fallen soldiers live (0/5)

Fallen men are scattered upon the ground at the Fords of Isen.

You should search the men on the ground.

This man draws no breath....

Objective 3

  • Ask the dying soldier what happened while you were gone

An injured soldier lies ahead at the river's edge.

You should run to the injured man's side.

Soldier: 'My...my lord Elfhelm!'
You ask the dying man what happened here.
Soldier says, "Erkenbrand...rode south to cut off the enemy, but...."
Soldier says, "The enemy cut him off instead -- and then they came. A great host. They keep coming!"
Soldier says, "Hardly anyone is left. Grimbold...Grimbold alone stands his ground."
Soldier says, "He...he cannot last long without aid...."

Objective 4

  • Defeat enemies at the Ford (0/10)

Fight your way to Grimbold at the Ford.

It is clear that the battle has taken a dire turn. There is no hope....

Objective 5

Search for Grimbold among the chaos at the ford.

Grimbold: 'Elfhelm! You are back! Now we can give them a battle to remember.'
  • Listen to Grimbold
Grimbold says, "Erkenbrand has been cut off by the host upon the shore!"
Grimbold says, "Our men begin to dwindle, and the enemy grows in strength."
Grimbold says, "How did Isengard raise such a fearsome horde?"
Grimbold says, "Come, Elfhelm -- let us draw our swords together once more."
Grimbold says, "We will not live to see the morrow, but our foes will be the weaker for it!"

Objective 6

  • Tell Grimbold no

Grimbold stands at Prince Théodred's grave at the Fords of Isen.

You should tell Grimbold no.

NOTE: This quest requires emotes. Select your target and perform the desired emote.

Objective 7

  • Tell Grimbold that it is over

Grimbold stands at Prince Théodred's grave at the Fords of Isen.

Grimbold: 'You...you do not mean to fight.' His expression is devastated.
You tell Grimbold the truth -- that the battle is lost, and it is time to retreat to rally what little strength is left.
Grimbold's voice is low when next he speaks....
Grimbold says, "I am here to defend the Fords until my last breath, Elfhelm."
Grimbold says, "Warriors of Rohan, hear me!"
Grimbold says, "Erkenbrand cannot reach us, and our force is severed."
Grimbold says, "Elfhelm believes we should retreat while we still can."
Grimbold says, "If you wish, go with him, and save your lives."
Grimbold says, "But I will fight! I will not abandon the Fords!"
Grimbold says, "I will avenge Théodred and hold shut the realm against our enemy until I can stand no longer!"
Grimbold says, "Who will stand and fight with me?!"

Objective 8

  • Ask the soldiers what they wish to do

The soldiers have gathered around Grimbold and yourself.

You should ask the soldiers what they think.

Soldier: 'The Uruks have us nearly surrounded. There has been enough death today.'
This soldier is unwilling to lay down his life for a lost cause

Objective 9

  • See what the soldiers choose to do

Grimbold is at the Fords.

Grimbold says, "What -- what is this?"
Grimbold says, "Will no one fight with me?"
Grimbold says, "Elfhelm, please...."
Leave with the soldiers while there is still time. Grimbold will follow if he is wise....

Objective 10

  • Follow the other soldiers in retreat

The men have retreated backwards into the Westfold, and you should follow.

You should look back to see if Grimbold is following

Objective 11

  • Beckon to Grimbold

Grimbold is still standing at Théodred's grave.

You should beckon to Grimbold.

NOTE: You should select your target to perform this emote.

Grimbold stands dumbfounded at Théodred's grave, unmoving....