Quest:Instance: The Hidden Chamber

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Instance: The Hidden Chamber
Level 117
Type Solo
Starts with Khîl
Starts at Járnfast
Start Region Iron Hills
Quest Group The Black Book of Mordor: Chapter 7
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

"Forgive the mess, my friend! I had only been cleaning for a short time when I found… well, you will see!"

Background

Khîl has found something in his father's house that fills him with worry, and he has asked for your help to investigate it.

Objective 1

Khîl has brought you to his father's house. He is consumed with worry about something he discovered there.

Khîl: 'I have not been back here for many years. My father Bránit and I had a falling out and he told me never to return. He died some time after that, neither of us having apologised, and I could not bring myself to come back.
'But when I did live in this house, I never knew of anything like this!'

Objective 2

  • Follow Khîl to the source of his upset

Khîl has brought you to his father's house. He is consumed with worry about something he discovered there.

Khîl Tale-spinner says, "This way, <name>, this way!"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Up here."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Do you see it?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "There is a door here, <name>."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "I moved the desk to clean behind it, and that's when I saw the seam in the wall."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "You can see it, right? I am not going mad?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Why would my father Bránit need a secret door inside his house?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "What could lie within this hidden chamber?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Brrrr! I have given myself a chill, <name>!"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Well, I myself have told tales of doors just like this! They can always be opened!"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "I beg you to help me search for a way to open this one, my friend!"

Objective 3

  • Search the house of Khîl's father for some means of opening the secret door

Khîl has asked you to search his father's house for some means of opening the secret door he discovered.

The secret to opening this door must be somewhere within the house
"Even ordinary objects might hold the secret. You vow to leave no stone unturned in your search."
Desk: You inspect the desk Khîl moved away from the wall and note the scrapes on the floor caused by the movement. The drawer contains nothing of interest, and although you search beneath and behind the heavy stone of the desk, you find no apparatus that might connect it to the secret door.
The desk does not appear to be involved with opening the door, and served only to keep its location a secret from idle eyes.
Ore Barrow: Thinking the ore-filled barrow might contain a hidden lever or other mechanism, you search it closely but find nothing out of the ordinary. It rolls on its front wheel and is not rooted to the floor as you might have expected.
At last you dig around in the contents of the barrow, but your search reveals nothing suspicious.
Table: You reach under the corner of the table and disturb an insect that flies away, buzzing angrily. You doubt the insect knows anything about the secret door so you let it escape.
Table: You reach under this corner of the table and find it covered in a film of ancient dust. The dirt smears and you wipe it off on your clothes.
Table: You reach under the corner of the table and find only dust. Even so, it does not dissuade you from your search and you only relent when you are certain this corner of the table holds no secrets.
Table: You reach under this corner of the table and feel a series of small scratches that merit closer inspection. You study the scratches and discover a crude picture of what seems to be a bed, with a line emanating from its very centre.
Behind these crates you find that a young Khîl scratched his name in the wall, but nothing useful
The grain in these sacks has long since rotted. The sacks themselves hide nothing of note
This small stack of crates contains broken pieces of wood and metal, and nothing of use
The stone bench is heavy, but you study it closely and find nothing unusual
This table bears the scuff-marks of heavy use but nothing of use to you now
This chest contains old clothes that likely once belonged to Khîl's mother
The metal-banded chest contains only rags and moth-eaten clothes
Bed: You cannot move the heavy stone of the bed by yourself, but you inspect its sides and back for hidden sigils or devices and find none. Reaching under the mattress, you disturb only dust and long-dead insects.
The chest is locked and you can find no way to open it
Bed: This bed is too heavy to move. You search all around its sides and back but find only cobwebs and dust, and nothing suspicious.
Painting: It is impossible to tell exactly when this illustration might have been painted. An armoured dwarf commands his warriors to assault a forest encampment of Orcs against a backdrop of flames. Is this a painting of Mirkwood, or other woods entirely?
You feel around the edges of the frame and behind the painting for a hidden lever or other device, but find nothing.
You search among the crates, but find nothing of note
These crates contain assorted home goods, and you find nothing suspicious among them
You stretch your arm beneath the mattress and find nothing unusual within reach

Objective 4

  • Search the house of Khîl's father for some means of opening the secret door

Khîl has asked you to search his father's house for some means of opening the secret door he discovered.

Stretching further you find a hidden lever, which you pull. There is a snap elsewhere in the house!

Objective 5

  • Return to Khîl

Khîl has asked you to search his father's house for some means of opening the secret door he discovered.

You are disappointed to see that the hidden door remains closed
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "I heard a loud click, but the door is still closed. What changed, I wonder?"

Objective 6

  • Talk to Khîl by the secret door

Khîl is standing in front of the secret door, but it remains closed.

Khîl: 'What's that? You found a secret lever hidden in one of the beds? This is preposterous, <name>! What secrets did my father keep in this house, and did my mother know about them? No, I cannot believe that dear Zéma knew anything about secret levers and chambers and hidden doors!
'I heard a loud snap earlier. It must have been when you pulled that secret lever. Something must have changed, but what?'

Objective 7

  • Search the house of Khîl's father for some means of opening the secret door

Khîl has asked you to search his father's house for some means of opening the secret door he discovered.

Open Chest: This chest used to be locked, but now it stands open and reveals its contents: glittering gold and shining gemstones. The riches are impressive, but you are not here for the fortunes of Khîl's forebears. Instead you reach into the treasure and feel around the edges until you find a small recess on the inside of the chest. You press the indentation and hear Khîl give a whoop of triumph from the other room.
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "<name>! Something is happening! Get out here!"

Objective 8

  • Talk to Khîl by the secret door

Khîl stands by the secret door, studying the runes that appeared on its face.

Khîl: 'Take a look at these runes, <name>! What do they say? My father Bránit always thought I should pay more attention to my learning. Was it because of this?
'Ah, how could it be? He died before telling me anything about this secret door, and I was no longer welcome in his house.
'But I think I can read these runes.'

Objective 9

  • Help Khîl discover the words that will open the door

Khîl is standing in front of the secret door, trying to learn the words that will open it.

Khîl Tale-spinner says, "I think these runes say..."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "'Speak the name of he who carved me.'"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Well, here I go, <name>."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Bránit."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Hmm. Bránit."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Bránit!"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "<name>, it's not working."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "What's that? You think my father might not have made this door?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "It is true that others of my family lived here before Bránit."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Perhaps my grandfather is responsible for it?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "My grandfather, Vélek!'"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "No... my great grandfather?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Státor!"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "This is useless, <name>."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "You don't think this chamber is even older than my great-grandfather, do you?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "What was my twice-great grandfather's name? I barely remember it."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Ah, yes."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Tázko."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "It is hopeless."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "You cannot be serious, <name>."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Fine."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "My thrice-great grandfather's name was... it was..."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Vóin?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "I don't believe it!"

Objective 10

  • Talk to Khîl outside the secret door

Khîl has discovered the word that opens the secret door: Vóin, the name of his great-great-great-grandfather.

Khîl: 'I am pleased we managed to open the door, but I tremble to think what may lie beyond it! And why should the name of my thrice-great grandfather prove the secret to its opening? My family is long-lived, but Vóin died almost a thousand years ago, if I remember the lineage aright; his name is rarely spoken in my family, and were I not a teller of tales with an iron-clad memory I might not have remembered it at all!
'Why did Vóin delve this hidden chamber? What terrible secrets might lie within?'

Objective 11

  • Explore the hidden chamber with Khîl

Khîl has discovered the word that opens the secret door: Vóin, the name of his great-great-great-grandfather. Now he wishes to explore the chamber.

Khîl Tale-spinner says, "We have no choice, <name>. Let's go."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Stay close, <name>. I do not like this."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "Vóin... what did you do?"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "These runes..."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "There is a book here."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "It is bound in black leather."
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "This is Sauron's symbol!"
Khîl Tale-spinner says, "This book is from the Land of Mordor!"

Objective 12

  • Talk to Khîl inside the hidden chamber

Khîl is inside the hidden chamber in his father's house.

Khîl: 'Did Vóin write in this book? Many of the pages are blank, but the writing within seems to be of many different languages; one of them seems to be in the Zhélruka mode. But what would my thrice-great grandfather have to do with artefacts of Mordor? I do not like this, <name>!
'We must tell Lord Náin about this. We have no choice!'