Quest:Treachery in Esgaroth

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Treachery in Esgaroth
Level 115
Type Solo
Starts with King Thranduil
Starts at Felegoth
Start Region Felegoth
Map Ref [48.2N, 127.2W]
Ends with King Thorin III
Ends at Hall Under the Mountain
End Region Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands
Map Ref [29.5N, 25.6W]
Quest Group The Lay of Rust and Rime
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'<name>, I have received urgent missives from both the Queen Regent of Dale and the King Under the Mountain regarding the Weeping Warrior.

'In their own words, they delivered the same troubling tidings. If he has not returned to the Dale-lands himself, his agents must now work their ruin on his behalf. His Men of Mordor have gone to Esgaroth-of-old, and they to seek to unleash some new wickedness among the bones of Smaug.

'We believe that he seeks more of Smaug's bones for his supposed magics, but none of us know the truth of this matter. I ask that you go to Esgaroth-of-old and learn what plot Karazgar has devised for the peoples of the North.

'If you discover that Karazgar has returned to the Dale-lands, do not think to confront him alone! We have armies enough for a single Man, be he deathless or no.'

Background

Upon the bones of Esgaroth-of-Old, the designs of Karazgar are at last revealed.

Objective 1

Esgaroth-of-old can be found to the east of Eryn Lasgalen on the banks of the Long Lake.

Thranduil has learned that Karazgar's agents have returned to Esgaroth-of-old, and he seeks to learn more of the Weeping Warrior's plot against the North.

Karazgar's agents have gathered the remains of young cold-drakes among the bones of Smaug...

Objective 2

  • Burn the remains of slain cold-drakelings in Esgaroth-of-old (0/18)

Slain drakelings can be found near the bones of Smaug in Esgaroth-of-old.

You have discovered the smuggled drakelings laid bare in Esgaroth-of-old as a means to incite the ire of the Herald of Winter.

SLAIN DRAKELING "The battered remains of a young cold-drake."
Burning ...
Burned the remains of slain cold-drakelings in Esgaroth-of-old (18/18)

Objective 3

  • Patrol Esgaroth-of-old in search of the Weeping Warrior

Karazgar might be found somewhere in Esgaroth-of-old.

You should search for Karazgar in Esgaroth-of-old. He might be found near the bones of Smaug.

A path of slain Men lines the broken bridge to Esgaroth-of-old...

Objective 4

  • Follow the path of slain Men along the old bridge

The path of slain Men can be found along the broken bridge to Esgaroth-of-old.

You have not found any sign of the Weeping Warrior, but you discovered a path of slain Men leading down the old bridge of Esgaroth. You should see where it leads.

You discover a gravely wounded cold-drake, gasping for what must be its final breaths...

Objective 5

  • Examine the dying cold-drake

The cold-drake can be found amid the bones of Smaug in Esgaroth-of-old.

You have not found Karazgar, but a dying cold-drake stares towards the bones of Smaug from the old bridge. You should examine the cold-drake.

Examining ...
Cold-drake says, "You... are too late. My kin fly to the Herald's halls...."
Cold-drake says, "You have...stolen...her...children...."
Cold-drake says, "...hewn them...with the blades of Men, Elves, and dwarves...."
Cold-drake says, "She will send Vethúg... to end you...."

Objective 6

King Thorin III can be found in the Hall Under the Mountain.

A cold-drake has delivered a chilling threat against the people of the North. You should warn King Thorin III.

King Thorin III: 'What has happened, <name>? What has become of Karazgar and his plans?'
You explain to King Thorin III that Karazgar entered Eryn Lasgalen seeking to corrupt the will of a powerful being known as the Green Lady. When he failed and sustained a potent wound at her hands, he was driven from Eryn Lasgalen and has not yet returned. A vision was shared with you in which the Green Lady revealed that Vethúg Wintermind is merely a harbinger of the Herald of Winter. Meanwhile, Karazgar's agents returned to Esgaroth-of-old and used the cold-drakelings they smuggled through the Dale-lands to deceive a lesser cold-drake and draw the ire of the Herald of Winter to the North.
'You spoke of a troubling vision, <name>, did you not? So Vethúg is not the Herald of Winter....
'Who is she? What evils could remain in this realm with the might to command Vethúg? The Enemy is defeated and Karazgar has fled! It must be that the Weeping Warrior seeks to spend the strength of Vethúg on Erebor to strike at the Herald of Winter. A dragon-tamer, hah! Karazgar is a coward!
'I will think on this matter, but I shall soon have need of you again, my friend. The fate of the North may depend on you!'
Next week: An Ill Wind Blows