Quest:Covert Operations

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Covert Operations
Level 115
Type Solo
Starts with Sírithon
Starts at Loeglond
Start Region Eryn Lasgalen
Map Ref [14.3N, 31.2W]
Ends with Thorlind
Ends at Esgaroth-of-old
End Region Eryn Lasgalen
Map Ref [14.7N, 29.2W]
Quest Group The Dale-lands
Quest Chain Trail of Rust
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'I will send word to Felegoth. Truly, I know not whether aid will come. As of late, what with the closures in trade and whisperings among the rafts of this and that - yet I will not stoop to gossip.

'I must send word and wait. While I do, perhaps you might continue assisting Lorndúr?'


While Sírithon sends news of theft to Felegoth and awaits assistance, there is much else to be done in Loeglond.

Objective 1

You should assist the Raft-elves of Loeglond.

The Trail of Rust quest arc will continue after completing the Reopening the Realm quest arc, which begins with Thranduil in Felegoth.

Objective 2

You should talk to Thorlind, who can be found in Loeglond.

Thorlind: 'Greetings - <name>, is it not? Word reached Felegoth of a thief or thieves troubling Loeglond and the strange trail you uncovered. Though many cares and duties attend the chief hunter of the Woodland Realm, I set them all aside to look into this myself.
'Has any new revelation come to light regarding the stolen items or the shadows who fled into Esgaroth? You have driven some thieves from out of the Esgaroth ruins?'
You tell him that the supplies were stolen have yet to be recovered.
'Then am I still needed here? I see. The supplies that were stolen have still yet to be discovered.
'Will you be my fellow tracker in this case? I will survey the ground from here to Esgaroth-of-old for signs and you will head directly there and learn all you can of what goes on in that place.'

Objective 3

You should travel to Esgaroth-of-old, which is located east of Loeglond.

You hear voices among the ruins! You cannot yet make them out.

Objective 4

The voices were coming from somewhere in the ruins of Esgaroth-of-old, upon the Long Lake.

You should investigate the voices, listening when you can and defeating any foes to protect yourself and keep the way safe.

You can hear the hushed voices of the thieves. You should listen closely...
Esgaroth Thief says, "Why does the boss want to chop up some bones with these supplies anyway?"
Esgaroth Thief says, "We got them; now we just wait out here in the mud?"
You can hear the hushed voices of the lookouts. You should listen closely...
Esgaroth Lookout says, "Can't believe I have to wait around in a swamp."
Esgaroth Lookout says, "We better get paid soon is all I'm saying. These bones better be valuable."
Defeated foes (6/6)

Objective 5

You should talk to Thorlind, who can be found just outside of Esgaroth-of-old.

Thorlind: 'The remnants of the trail I found confirm your and Sírithon's tale, but tell no new ones. And what have you learned?'
Thorlind listens attentively.
'It would seem those in the ruins are hired hands and not the minds behind all this. You may have driven them out, only to be forced to return once again. Do they truly intend to dredge up Smaug's bones? Whatever for, I cannot imagine, but it is for some ill design, surely!'