Quest:Prologue: Cutleaf's Good Intentions

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Prologue: Cutleaf's Good Intentions
Level 10
Type Solo
Starts with Constable Underhill
Starts at The Comb and Wattle Inn
Start Region Bree-land
Map Ref [28.7S, 49.3W]
Ends with Ellie Cutleaf
Ends at Ellie Cutleaf's House
End Region Bree-land
Map Ref [28.1S, 50.6W]
Quest Group Epic - Vol. 1, Prologue
Quest Chain Bree-land Epic Prologue
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'Now here's an idea. Ellie is looking for new blood, so why not help her out? You could mask yourself as a ruffian and offer to join the Blackwolds. Gain her confidence, and we might find out where the Blackwold leaders are hiding! Of course, it would be dangerous! Do you think you're up to the task?

'Ellie's house is in the north-west corner of town, by the pond. There are some large cages nearby -- she breeds dogs, I think.

'Go and speak with her... and remember, you're a brigand!'


Ellie Cutleaf, a resident of Combe, is mentioned by name in the letter you found in the Blackwold recruit's pack.

Objective 1

Ellie Cutleaf's house lies in the north-west corner of Combe, on the banks of the pond.

After discovering the identity of the Blackwold agent, Constable Underhill asked you to enter the ranks of the Blackwolds by speaking with Ellie Cutleaf and doing whatever she asks of you.

Constable Underhill: 'Go to Ellie Cutleaf and try to pass yourself off as a brigand. If you succeed, she may betray the location of the Blackwolds' new leader.'
Ellie Cutleaf: 'Not another one! I'd thought I'd gotten all o' those letters back. You'd be better served just going home. You don't want to join up with the Blackwolds.
'I listened to Skunkwood, their leader, and helped them breed some wolves. I admit, I did it for the promise o' riches, but I regret it. Jagger Jack is their head wolf-master, and he had me breed a local wolf with one o' them Wargs. When they took me into their camp, deep within the Chetwood, I got afeared right quick. There's something not right there. I've done something terrible, <name>, and I need help getting out.
'The den-mother I helped them breed is kept at Skunkwood's farm in the north Chetwood. She needs to be killed before her next litter is born, else her pups'll do worse damage to the Chetwood and the folk here.'

Objective 2

Skunkwood's farm can be found by following the road east up the hill and then north into the Chetwood. Follow the road east through the woods and towards the northern end of the Midgewater Marshes.

Constable Underhill ordered you to try and insinuate yourself into the Blackwolds' good graces by doing tasks for their agent, Ellie Cutleaf. However, Ellie admitted her involvement and her desire to leave that part of her life behind. She has asked you for help righting her wrongs.

Ellie Cutleaf: 'I've done a terrible thing and need to fix it before it goes further than it has. Follow the road east from Combe, up the hill, and then north into the Chetwood. Stay on the path to the east, and you'll reach Skunkwood's farm. Find the den-mother there and make sure she can't whelp no more o' them vile wolves.'
Constable Underhill: 'Ellie wants out does she? We may be able to help her then. If she's willing to help us defeat the Blackwolds, then I see no reason not to help her.
'Just remember, <name>, she once worked with the Blackwolds.'

Defeated Skunkwood's den-mother

Objective 3

  • Talk to Ellie Cutleaf

Ellie Cutleaf's house lies in the north-west corner of Combe, on the banks of the pond.

Ellie Cutleaf asked you to slay the den-mother she bred with a Warg for Jagger Jack, the wolf-keeper of the Blackwolds. You should return to her with news of your success.

Ellie Cutleaf: 'I'm glad that you were able to defeat the Den-mother before she bore any more of those half-Wargs.
'Now there's just Skunkwood to deal with. He spends most of his time in the Blackwold hideout these days. There are dark-skinned men who sometimes attend him, clearly not from these parts, and that Jagger Jack fellow.'