Quest:Travellers on the Dark Road

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Travelers on the Dark Road
Level 118
Type Solo
Starts with Dori
Starts at Skarháld
Start Region Ered Mithrin and Withered Heath
Map Ref [37.4N, 45.4W]
Ends with Dori
Ends at Óinsbridge
End Region Ered Mithrin
Map Ref [30.6N, 48.4W]
Quest Group Dwarf-holds: Ered Mithrin
Quest Chain Marks of a Conspiracy
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'It is time, <name>. We have spent long enough in the ruins of Tharrazhâr!'

'While I and the others set out on the journey to Óinsbridge, I would ask that you speak to Ingór, son of Vékun. I have felt many eyes upon us here, and I fear that my attempt at deception has not gone unnoticed. And so, I would have you tell Ingór that I seek my brother, Nori. It is the truth, and it should put his mind at ease. I seek not for wealth or glory... only for my lost kin.

'When that is done, ride for Óinsbridge. It is there we will reunite and take our next rest.

'Óinsbridge lies to the south beyond the forest, but the Thornholt is home to many dangers. Do not stray from the dark road!'

Background

After learning that Nori and his expedition travelled to Thikil-gundu by way of the Men Angrún, Dori and Company must navigate the dark road through the Thornholt.

Objective 1

Ingór, son of Vékun can be found in the Keep of Tharrazhâr.

Dori has asked you to speak to Ingór, son of Vékun before following the Men Angrún to Óinsbridge.

Ingór, son of Vékun, stands among his company of Zhélruka...

Objective 2

  • Talk to Ingór, son of Vékun.

Ingór, son of Vékun, can be found in the Keep of Tharrazhâr.

Dori has asked you to speak to Ingór, son of Vékun, before following the Men Angrún to Óinsbridge.

Ingór, son of Vékun:
'It is good to see you again, <name>.
'I do hope my kinsfolk have held their tongues in regards to your Kámbrada companions. From what Dori has told me, Náth and Dréri and the rest of their kinsfolk knew great hardship in Mordor before they came to dwell in the Lonely Mountain. Enough hardship, I think, that mere insults would do naught to wound them. Perhaps I am not so resilient, but I find the greatest insult to be dishonesty.
'Tell me, <name>, Have you had any luck in finding heirlooms of the Longbeards or have you come to tell me the truth of Dori's little expedition? What is it you truly seek?
You tell Ingór of Dori's lost brother, Nori, who travelled into the Grey Mountains against the will of his kin and the King under the Mountain.
'I see; perhaps I have judged Dori too hastily...
'There is a byword among the Zhélruka. Its true meaning cannot be shared, but it speaks of one who is governed by a doomed obsession. Those unlucky few "seek the Citadel". For Dori's sake, I hope his brother does not seek the Citadel.
'You may go, <name>. May you find Nori before death or madness takes him.'

Objective 3

  • Follow the roadway to Óinsbridge and rejoin Dori and Company

Óinsbridge can be found far to the south-west of Skarháld.

You have spoken to Ingór, son of Vékun, and you should now follow the Men Angrún to Óinsbridge.

"Dori and Company have come to Óinsbridge!

Objective 4

Dori can be found at Óinsbridge.

You have arrived at Óinsbridge and should now speak to Dori.

Dori:
'At last, we have come to Óinsbridge
'It is a fine respite from the gloom of Thornholt, but the western reaches of the forest still lie ahead of us. If Nori and his expedition took rest here, it is likely that some sign of their passage has been left behind. And so I have asked the others to search for some signs of the expedition, <name>. Would you join them?
'Oh, and do not be afraid to cross to the other side of the Forest River! The bridge may have fallen into disrepair, but it is still sturdy enough to bear the weight of a few dwarves [non-Dwarf: and a(n) <race>], I think!'

Objective 5

  • Search Óinsbridge for signs of Nori's expedition

Signs of Nori's expedition might be found at Óinsbridge.

Dori has asked you to search Óinsbridge for signs of Nori's expedition.

You have found what appears to be an abandoned campsite...

Objective 6 

  • Search the abandoned campsite for signs of Nori's expedition

The abandoned campsite can be found in Óinsbridge.

You have found an abandoned campsite in Óinsbridge. You should try to determine if this campsite was built by Nori and his expedition.

THORN-RIDDEN CLOAK "A small cloak that has been rent by thorns."
A thorn-ridden cloak of dwarf-make has been left behind...
EXTINGUISHED CAMPFIRE "An extinguished campfire used by recent travellers."
Though extinguished, this campfire appears to have been built in the past few days...
HOOFPRINT "A hoofprint left behind by a passing animal."
A trail of hoofprints appears to lead back onto the Men Angrún...

Objective 7

  • Follow the path of hoofprints leading away from the abandoned campsite

A path of hoofprints can be found in Óinsbridge.

You have discovered a path of hoofprints leading away from the abandoned campsite. You should follow them.

The hoofprints lead ahead...
You discover Bofur gazing into the distance from atop his goat.

Objective 8

  • Talk to Bofur at Óinsbridge

Bofur can be found at Óinsbridge.

The path of hoofprints has led you to Bofur and his goat. You should talk to Bofur.

Bofur:
'Ah, <name>. Does Dori wish me to return?
You explain that you followed a path of hoofprints from the abandoned campsite to Bofur.
'O! Those tracks were mine! or my goat's rather! You see, I found the old campsite as well, but when I began to search the road I discovered tracks leading deeper into the forest. They are not unlike those of the goats of Erebor, and so, I think they belong to Nori and his expedition.
'It is likely they continued on the road ahead for some distance, but who can say if Nori has taken a less-travelled path through the Thornholt?
'If you were to follow them, we might learn if the path of the expedition strayed from the Men Angrún.
'Go on ahead, <name>! I will keep watch!'

Objective 9

  • Follow the path of hoofprints leading away from Óinsbridge

A path of hoofprints can be found on the Men Angrún to the west of Óinsbridge.

Bofur has discovered another trail of hoofprints leading onto the Men Angrún to the west of Óinsbridge. You should follow them.

The hoofprints lead ahead...
A raven sitting atop an old obelisk along the Men Angrún croaks at your approach...

Objective 10

  • Direct the Raven to fly to Dori at Óinsbridge

The raven can be found atop an obelisk along the Men Angrún to the west of Óinsbridge.

The path of hoofprints led down the Men Angrún, but it appears that one of Arcah's ravens has perched atop an old obelisk along the dark road. You should direct the raven to fly to Dori at Óinsbridge.

Beckoning ... Beckoned!
Appearing to understand, the raven takes flight over Óinsbridge...

Objective 11

  • Talk to Dori at Óinsbridge

Dori can be found at Óinsbridge.

You have directed the raven to fly to Dori at Óinsbridge. You should now return to Dori.

Dori:
'You have found one of Arcah's ravens, <name>! Very good!
'What else did you find?'
You tell Dori that you found an abandoned campsite in Óinsbridge, and that you believe Nori and his expedition rested a night before passing through the western reaches of the Thornholt.
'My brother and his expedition have kept quite the pace! Were I not so cross with him, I might be impressed!
'Once I have heard what Arcah's raven has to tell, we'll be off!'