Quest:The Sly Beasts of the Dourstocks

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The Sly Beasts of the Dourstocks
Level 62
Type Solo
Starts with Prestadír
Starts at The Haunted Inn
Start Region Mirkwood
Map Ref [13.3S, 56.1W]
Quest Group Mirkwood
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'Do you hear the howling from the trees, <name>? We hear them, but we cannot see them when they wish to be scarce -- nay, not even my long-sighted Elf-friends. The Darkrage wolves of Mirkwood are vicious beasts, and their attacks upon the Malledhrim are ceaseless.

'While they are no match for the Elves of Lórien, I believe they are acting on more than instinct. They harry us day and night and seem more bent on distracting our guards and archers than coming in for an actual kill. Such prey as we are not appealing to these beasts.

'I am not sure what motivates them, but I would see them hindered. You should venture into the Dourstocks and remove the harrying threat of these sly beasts. Please bring me as many hides as you can collect, and I will examine them for anything strange. At the very least, the furs will make hardy provisions for my kindred when I return to them.'


Darkrage wolves wander the Dourstocks, harassing the Malledhrim and their efforts. These bold creatures attack at every opportunity, then swiftly vanish into the black trees beyond the sight of the sharp-eyed Elves.

Objective 1

Darkrage wolves can be found throughout the Dourstocks and in Audaghaim.

The Ranger Prestadír has asked you to collect the pelts of several of the evil wolves that harass the Malledhrim-guards.

Prestadír: 'The wolves can be found all throughout the Dourstocks. If you do not find them, it is likely that they will come to find you. Keep your wits about you, <name>! This is a deadly wood.'

Objective 2

Prestadír can be found in the Haunted Inn in the Dourstocks, near the abandoned village of Audaghaim.

You should bring the wolf-pelts you have collected to Prestadír, for he wishes to examine them.

Prestadír: 'Ah! The skins of the Darkrage wolves! I thank you, friend. I am glad you were able to hunt so many without being hunted yourself. Now, let us see....'
Prestadír takes a hide and examines it long. It seems to be of interest to him, thought you cannot perceive that it is anything extraordinary.
'Did you observe the strange pattern of the skin? There are subtle striations all over it, as if branded. I believe these beasts are in the service of the Necromancer.'