Quest:Instance: The Soothsayer

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Instance: The Soothsayer
Level 93
Type Solo only
Starts with Herubrand
Starts at Orlag Den
Start Region Stonedeans
Map Ref [47.5S, 80.8W]
Ends with Hildegard
Ends at Orlag Den
End Region Stonedeans
Map Ref [47.5S, 80.8W]
Quest Group Vol. III. Book 12
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

"Rubbish and nonsense. Herubrand may believe the words of this soothsayer, but I will not fall for her trickery."

Background

Herubrand has brought you to Orlag Den, the cave of the soothsayer Hildegard.

Objective 1

Herubrand is inside Orlag Den, the cave of the soothsayer Hildegard.

Herubrand: 'We have arrived, <name>. Hildegard has sight of many things still to come, and the source of her power is unknown to me. Many of my kinsmen call it witchcraft, sorcery such as that practiced by the Elves, but I say Hildegard was a woman of Rohan, and remains so.
'Speak to her with courtesy.'

Objective 2

  • Follow Herubrand to meet the soothsayer Hildegard

Hildegard is inside the cave of Orlag Den, where she makes her home.

Herubrand says, "Mind your feet. She is accustomed to the dark, as we are not."
Herubrand says, "Remember, friends: be courteous."
Herubrand says, "Hildegard, I have returned. Am I welcome?"
Hildegard says, "Ah, young Herubrand, you are welcome at any time."
Hildegard says, "Your visits brighten these dark days."
Herubrand says, "I am not alone, Hildegard."
Hildegard says, "You bring your son, Herefara? He speaks sparingly, but he too is welcome."
Herubrand says, "No, I bring friends from afar."
Hildegard says, "Ah. Let them approach and introduce themselves."

Objective 3

  • Talk to Hildegard in Orlag Den

Hildegard is inside the cave of Orlag Den, where she makes her home.

Hildegard: You give Hildegard your name and she nods.
'It is a pleasure to meet you, friend of Herubrand. Many are the roads you have walked to get here, and many more you will will walk before you are at last given rest.'

Objective 4

  • Listen to the soothsayer Hildegard

Hildegard is inside the cave of Orlag Den, where she makes her home.

Hildegard says, "Much that you have done is already known to me."
Hildegard says, "But there is much ahead of you I cannot see."

Objective 5

  • Answer Hildegard's questions, and hear what she has to say

Hildegard has asked you what adventuring discipline you follow.

Hildegard says, "May I ask what adventuring discipline you call your own?"
Hildegard: Hildegard looks at you curiously. Her face is a quiet mask, and you cannot tell what hides behind her calm expression.
Select from 3 options based upon your class:
  • I am the most skilled of <class>.
  • I am a decent <class> nothing more.
  • I have nothing to say.

<Beorning dialogs> (pending)

<Burglar dialogs> (pending)

<Captain dialogs> (pending)

<Champion dialogs>

Response: I am a valiant champion.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "Which speaks more loudly? The deeds or your report of them?"
Hildegard says, "Keep your weapons sharp, and they will speak for the both of you."
Hildegard says, "Still, I see great victories for you in the days to come."

Response: I am champion of what is right.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "Be not shy around me, humble champion."
Hildegard says, "The good folk for whom you fight would fill my ears with tale of your deeds."
Hildegard says, "They are not here, but I see the valour of which you wish not to speak."

Response: I have nothing to say.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You remain silent, but you cannot hide your deeds from me."
Hildegard says, "You are a champion, and well-known to good folk throughout the land."
Hildegard says, "The bite of your weapons is known to the foe-men you dispatch."

<Guardian dialogs>

Response: I am the staunchest of guardians.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "I do not know which is the wider: your shield or the story you make of it."
Hildegard says, "The truest defender speaks only when necessary, and then sparingly."
Hildegard says, "But I see that you care for those you protect, and would fall in battle before them if you must."

Response: I am simply a guardian.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You speak sparingly of your deeds, but I can see their extent and it is vast."
Hildegard says, "The good folk you fight to protect would sing your praises, were they here."
Hildegard says, "You have been their shining shield in the darkness, and will be again."

Response: I have nothing to say.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You remain silent, but you cannot hide your deeds from me."
Hildegard says, "I know you for a staunch defender of the Free People, a guardian of good folk."
Hildegard says, "Your shield guards those who cannot shield themselves."

<Hunter dialogs>

Response: I am the most skilled of hunters.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "How true fly the arrows that none can see?"
Hildegard says, "The report of your skill impresses me not."
Hildegard says, "But I need no report to know of your prowess, for I have seen it from afar."

Response: I am a decent hunter, nothing more.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You are a Hunter of great skill, <name>. It is not unseemly to say so."
Hildegard says, "Your arrows fly true and hit even the smallest of marks."
Hildegard says, "You will save many folk from death with the contents of a single quiver."

Response: I have nothing to say.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You remain silent, but I know what you are without words."
Hildegard says, "You are a hunter of great skill. If you loose an arrow, it hits its mark."
Hildegard says, "You will face great evils from afar, and shower death upon them."

<Lore-master dialogs> (pending)

<Minstrel dialogs>

Response: I am the finest of minstrels.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "Do you restore the hope of your friends, or bolster your own reputation?"
Hildegard says, "A true minstrel sings for, and of, others."
Hildegard says, "When days are dark, you will inspire their hearts with songs of victory and hope."

Response: I am a simple minstrel. Music is my trade.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You wish not to boast? Must I look to other minstrels to learn of your skill?"
Hildegard says, "No. The bard with the most impact lets the song sing for itself."
Hildegard says, "That tells me much."

Response: I have nothing to say.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You remain silent, but still I can tell much about you."
Hildegard says, "You sing songs of inspiration to bolster the spirits of your fellows, and they fight on."
Hildegard says, "Their defeats are short-lived, much like the foes they face on their return."
Hildegard says, "Without your songs of hope and perseverance, they would fall."

<Rune-keeper dialogs>

Response: I am a rune-keeper, master of mystery.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "Do all rune-keepers speak so highly of themselves?"
Hildegard says, "The true course of wisdom is to speak sparingly."
Hildegard says, "I chide but gently, for I know you have delved into the mysteries, and know much."
Hildegard says, "Good folk of all lands will have need of this knowledge, for dark days approach."

Response: I am a rune-keeper, I seek knowledge.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You have learned the value of speaking little, but saying much."
Hildegard says, "I know you for a master of language, a keeper of cryptic runes."
Hildegard says, "You study ancient sigils and take from them valuable knowledge."
Hildegard says, "Good folk of all lands will need your knowledge to stand against the darkness that comes."

Response: I have nothing to say.

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "You remain silent, but still I can tell much about you."
Hildegard says, "You are a master of language and cryptic words, a keeper of runes."
Hildegard says, "You study the sigils left by ancient people and master their secrets."
Hildegard says, "The good folk will need your knowledge to stand against the approaching evil."

<Warden dialogs>

Response: I am the most steadfast of wardens. (pending)

Response: I am a warden and hold the line....

Hildegard looks at you silently, the corner of her mouth turned upwards with amusement.
Hildegard says, "Your prowess speaks for itself, humble warden."
Hildegard says, "I know you hold the line against evil, and defend good folk in all lands."
Hildegard says, "I know too that you will be called upon to do so in the dark days ahead."

Response: I have nothing to say. (pending)

Objective 6

  • Answer Hildegard's questions, and hear what she has to say

Horn has made his disbelief of Hildegard most plain.

Horn says, "Any could say this of <name> and be not wrong. There is no far-seeing here."
Horn says, "This takes no special sight to see."
Horn says, "Any who look at <name> with eyes could see it. This is no mystery."
Horn says, "Any who look at <name> could report thus. This is no mystery."
Horn says, "Any who see <name> could tell this. There is no mystery in it."
Horn says, "You speak in riddles to mask the truth. This is no great power."
Horn says, "It tells me that you see only what the rest of us do, and no more."
Hildegard says, "What is your name, doubting one?"
Horn says, "Should you not already know my name?"
Herubrand says, "Your discourtesy shames you, Horn!"
Herubrand says, "I did not bring you before Hildegard so you might insult the woman."
Hildegard says, "Worry not, Herubrand. I am not offended by disbelief."
Hildegard says, "<name>, do you believe in my gift?"
Select from 3 options:
  • I believe in your gift.
  • I do not know if it is a gift.
  • I do not believe you at all.

Response: I believe in your gift.

Hildegard remains silent, her expression a mystery.
Hildegard says, "I thank you for the kindness, <name>."
Hildegard says, "Most of my kinsmen do not believe in such things."
Hildegard says, "Herubrand is unusual in that regard, and in others."
Nona says, "I know the truth of your gift, Hildegard. My people are well-versed in such mysteries."
Nona says, "Horn simply does not understand."

Response: I do not know if it is a gift.

Hildegard remains silent, her expression a mystery.
Hildegard says, "You see much, <name>. Few folk understand the truth of it."
Hildegard says, "Is it a gift to know what comes? Or is it a burden?"
Hildegard says, "I cannot choose what I see, and often it fills me with fear and sorrow."

Response: I do not believe you at all.

Hildegard remains silent, her expression a mystery.
Hildegard says, "You are in good company, <name>, to share your friend's disbelief."
Nona says, "I have seen enough in this world to know the truth of your gift, Hildegard."
Nona says, "My people are well-versed in such mysteries."
Nona says, "<name> and Horn simply do not understand."

Objective 7

  • Listen to the words of Hildegard

Hildegard has asked to speak with Nona.

Hildegard says, "Come here, girl."
Nona says, "What is it, Hildegard?"
Hildegard says, "You kindle, child."
Horn says, "She burns with the heat of battle!"
Hildegard says, "Be silent, foolish man."
Nona says, "I have battles to fight. They will not wait."
Hildegard says, "It will be some time yet. That is the way of it."

Objective 8

  • Talk to Horn in Olag Den

Horn is in Orlag Den, the cave of the soothsayer Hildegard.

Horn: 'This woman speaks in riddles and rubbish, <name>. If she has knowledge of days to come, why does she not spell it for us plain? Were she to do that perhaps I would give her my belief, but until then I remain unconvinced.'

Objective 9

  • Listen to Horn and Hildegard's confrontation

Listen to Horn's confrontation with Hildegard in Orlag Den.

Horn says, "You say you can see the events of days to come?"
Horn says, "Tell me what awaits me, and prove your claim is true."
Hildegard says, "I cannot say."
Horn says, "I thought as much."
Horn says, "There is no straight path through this life."
Hildegard says, "Have you heard the tale of Wyrgende, doubting one?"
Horn says, "Of course. All children of Rohan have heard it."
Horn says, "I have sung the tale myself a dozen times, at the least."
Hildegard says, "Do you believe it?"
Horn says, "I will not be tricked by this woman. I will wait for you outside."
Nona says, "Horn!"
Herubrand says, "Horn, wait!"

Objective 10

  • Talk to Nona in Orlag Den

Nona is in Orlag Den, the cave of the soothsayer Hildegard.

Nona: 'I cannot believe Horn would act this way, <name>! Has he closed his eyes to everything we have experienced on this journey? He shares the maddening outlook of his people! Suvulch will not understand him.'
Nona clenches her fists and tosses her hair in frustration.
'We cannot choose to whom we give our hearts, <name>. That is our lot, but I might have chosen one less stubborn, from out of all the kingdoms of Men!'

Objective 11

  • Hildegard stands, unblinking, but does not appear to see you any longer

Hildegard stares sightlessly forward.

Hildegard says, "I see a great battle."
Nona says, "Hildegard, what is it?"
Hildegard says, "A vast army marches outside the walls."
Hildegard says, "I see a white horse, penned by shadows."
Hildegard says, "Your love lies upon the broken ground, his shield shattered."
Nona says, "Horn!"
Nona says, "What else do you see?"
Hildegard says, 'I see death!"
Nona says, "No!"
Hildegard says, "The list of the dead is long. The minstrels mourn."
Nona says, "Hildegard, what can we do?"
Nona says, "Hildegard!"

Objective 12

  • Talk to Hildegard in Olag Den

Hildegard stands, unblinking, but does not appear to see you or Nona any longer.

Hildegard: The soothsayer Hildegard stands upright, staring forward sightlessly. She still breathes, but she no longer appears to see either you or Nona.
Nona: '<name>, what can we do? If Hildegard speaks the truth, it means Horn will fall in battle. A good death for any warrior, but he is not just any warrior, <name>. He is mine, and it is not glory he seeks. I know this to be true!
'I will keep Horn from meeting this end. Others have fought their fates. Why not Nona, daughter of Suvulch, sister of Wadu? You will help me in this, <name>. You will say none of this to Horn. Do you understand?'