Hand of Skadi: Chapter 4 – Audliten
Hand of Skadi is a Dark Age of Camelot series of articles which cover the Midgard PvE Campaign up to Level 35 from the perspective of a Norse Hunter.
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We rejoin our hero at Level 20 as he is teleported to Audliten from Fort Veldon to deliver the Runestone of Ymir to Petle.
One of the main buildings in Audliten.
Safeguarding the Future
Welcome to Audliten
The gates of the Midgard Fortress in Thidranki,
Battlegrounds: Keeping Up Their Spirits (20)
Returning to Hjorgar Mildrslag he thanks me for my work and offers me a little something as a reward.
A forest to the east of Audliten.
Helping Out & Harvest Time (20)
First on the list is Gerrid, a resident armor merchant. She needs some special supplies for her trade.
A boobrie nest on the shore of Audliten.
Lefur’s Errand & Boobrie Raid! (20)
Lefur says it’s been weeks since he had a good omlette and today is the day he wants to satisfy his palate.
He wants me to fetch some eggs from the boobrie nest just along the shore to the east.
On the south edge of town at the waters edge I raid a boobrie nest and claim some eggs for Lefur.
Returning to Lefur he rewards me with a belt and he prepares to make his omelette, I begin to wonder about the priorities of some townsfolk.
One of Audliten’s bridges.
What’s That Ruckus? & Water Under the Bridge (21)
She can see Rhomali over in the direction the noise came from near the bridge and sends me to find out what is going on.
Whilst Rhomali was throwing rocks into the river he heard an argument on the bridge, he didn’t see who it was but he had a gruff voice. There was a struggle and a splash, the toll-taker fell off the bridge, he couldn’t swim, Rhomali couldn’t swim either to save him and he drowned.
I need to swim under the bridge and search the body for any clues as to who pushed him.
Returning to Rhomali I show him the medallion, he tells me he knows who it belongs to, Bukkene.
He claims that the Dwarf is as nice as they come and can’t understand why he would kill the Troll, he sends me to confront him about it in town.
I don’t know what wergeld is and ask him, he informs that by Nordic law a person at fault is obligated to pay wergeld to the owner or family for damages or loss of life.
He sends me back to Rhomali with it and a sincere apology.
Rhomali accepts the wergeld and says he will see that it gets to the proper person, and thanks me for clearing up the mystery.
The Cairn of Skalunda.
Keeping Company, The Mildrslag Legacy & Humiliating Hagar (21)
Hagar Mildrslag, son of Hjorgar Mildrslag introduces himself, he seems to have a rather large ego and instantly earns my distrust.
“One might say that I’m a bit of a big deal. People know me.”
He was selected to guard one of Audliten’s most valuable assets.
The Cairn of Skalunda, was placed hundreds of years ago to mark the burial place of the legendary warrior Beowulf. Many treasures are buried beneath the cairn and so only the finest and most skilled fighters can stand guard at this post.
Hagar claims that he is the most skilled fighter in all of Audliten, Svealands and probably Midgard, and that no-one would make an attempt on the cairn whilst he is guarding it.
I locate Hagar the Coward cowering behind a tree, he denies that he was scared but when he spots the Viking Dreng approaching he admits it and pleads with me to take pity on him for the sake of his father.
The Viking Dreng tells me of the importance of the cairn’s guard being strong and fearless and that Hagar was appointed by his father and his bravery is untested. Hjorgar will be very interested to know how his son fared in his first battle, he is old and will die soon and he wants nothing more than to raise a strong warrior of Midgard to carry forth his legacy.
I am asked about the events that I witnessed and am forced to make a moral choice, to Honor Hagar‘s plea to not disappoint his ailing father by lying about the event or Humiliate Hagar by reporting that he is a coward who cannot be trusted with the protection of the cairn.
Not being a sentimental Hibernian sap but a Midgard warrior concerned with the defence of the realm I make the choice to return to Hjorgar Mildrslag and advise him of his son’s failure to defend the cairn.
Hjorgar is saddened by the dishonor on his families name, he is grateful for my service and honesty. His spirit seems weakened and darkened by the news and he asks me to leave.
Olga’s view of tomtes and earthen mounds.
Chasing Olga, Whack-A-Tomte & Earning Trust (22)
Hjorgar Mildrslag catches my attention, he tells me that he saw Olga Bukkenedottir sprint at top speed past him heading to the south towards the forest on the far shore. He says something terrible must have happened for her to be running like that and he asks me to track her down.
She tells me that a thief has stolen her ring. It has been in her clan for generations and she must get it back.
A tomte took the ring and hid himself in an earthen mound. She has asked for my assistance.
She asks that I send word to her father that she is safe and she has the ring.
A view of the Audliten docks from a nearby bridge.
Anchors Away! & Aquatic Threat (22)
I kill a number of them and then return to the Dockmaster who thanks me for my work and offers me a reward.
The view of the East of Audliten. Merchants use a temporary tent and builders prepare the construction of a new building.
Work in Progress & Raiding the Raiders (22)
He asks me to head to the Blodfelag camp just south of the river and return the stolen supplies.
He is grateful for their return so that they can continue building the expansion of the town.
The Blodfelag camp on the island that Gwaell picks her Sveland Berries for her pie.
What’s the Hold Up? & Best Pies in Midgard! (23)
She tells me that she has a problem with gathering the ingredients for the pie lately.
The Blodfelag have set up a camp at her usual collection point and she asks me to gather the berries for her.
After returning to Gwaell she says the berries will do nicely and she thanks me.
I take the opportunity to talk to her about priorities and wasting my valuable time.
A Blodfelag bandit camp outside of town.
Teaching Them a Lesson (23)
She asks me to raid a small encampment on the outskirts of town.
I begin to rain down arrows on the Blodfelag bandits gathered in the camp, once I am finished I return to Huntress Kyrelda.
She is pleased with my work and says she knew she could count on me.
The tower across a bridge near Audliten.
What Thing? & Needful Things (23)
She says I can find the wolves across the bridge by the tower, and that she will reward me on my successful return.
She says they are good pelts and that she is happy with my job.
An East Svealand forest at dusk.
Hunter’s Companion (24)
I locate a tiny sveawolf pup, and pick it up.
Being a trained Hunter I feel no remorse at removing the pup from its mothers care due to the companionship and bond that it will share with its new owner.
Returning to Huntress Kyrelda she praises me on my excellent work, and says the pup will do quite nicely and confirms that she will find her a suitable master.
An Undesired Guest (24)
She sends me to resolve the situation.
Under the watch of the stationed guards I dispatch the Lurikeen with ease.
Huntress Kyrelda gives me sincere thanks and is glad that there is one less spy to worry about.
A view from the water strider shore out towards Audliten.
Another Confusing Request & Copious Striders (24)
He is found east of Petle inside the building that Alesa the Battleground Teleporter is standing.
I reluctantly agree to help to speed up my departure from the town, the townsfolk seem to have started taking me for granted and the importance of the missions to the realm have been waning.
He is looking for a replacement shaft but one that will not easily break, he asks specifically for a water strider leg, due to their carapaces being as hard as netherium.
He is pleased and says it is suitable for repairing his smithing hammer.
Our hero riding a horse from Audliten to Huginfel.
Handmaiden of Eir (24)
Blodfelag and Tomtar by Gwaell of Audliten
Gwaell is one of the leaders in Audliten and tells me of the towns history.
The settlers of the town left Vasudheim due to the widespread corruption and greed. They left thievery and slavery and encountered their own problems in this town. A group of Norsemen who call themselves Blodfelag rule to the northwest and the Tomtar ravage the land to the east.
The Blodfelag are a group of Norsemen bent on purging Midgard of all who are not purely Norse. Many Kobolds, Trolls and Dwarves have died at their hands. Any Norse who was unable to prove himself to be a fit Viking was also killed.
They are lead by a fanatic named Redhands, so called for the hundreds of innocent victims that have died by his own hands. He relishes in the destruction of small towns and the murder of their inhabitants.
The Tomtar are a small race of folk, far smaller than even the tiniest Kobold babe. It was thought that they were the original inhabitant of Midgard, but most scoff at that prospect. They are malicious and evil beings, intent on regaining their lost lands and treasures. If you travel east out of town, be wary of the Tomtar. They tend to hide near the bridge and ambush those that cross it.
Blodfelag by Gorne of Audliten
Gorne tells me Redhands has even murdered members of his own family, his prejudices against any who aren’t Norse is truly legendary. He supplies the slavers with their thralls, and has raided small Kobold and Troll villages out in the unprotected areas of Midgard, only to kill all who lived there. He explains how he knows all of this, because Redhands is his brother.
He was once a Blodfelag, he was treacherous and hateful of anyone who wasn’t like him. He would kill people he thought weren’t proper Vikings. He says it was such a terrible existence he led. One day a Priestess of Ymir showed him the error of his ways. When he realised what he had done he turned himself in. The Priestess of Ymir testified on his behalf about his reformation and repentance. She took him under her wing and guided him in the right direction and he married her.
They have been married happily for ten years, but he still lives each day knowing what he has done, but also that his people have forgiven him. He says that if I really want to make a difference in Midgard I should start with the Blodfelag.
Problems & Thoughts
I enjoyed the quests and the story at the start of the town, but during the end of it the quests seemed petty and meaningless, a hero would not be fetching berries for pies and eggs for omelettes when he is defending his realm.
- Rhomali the quest target for What’s That Ruckus does not have a blue quest indicator above his head.
- Hagar the quest target for Keeping Company does not have a blue quest indicator above his head.
- The Dockmaster of Audliten has no blue quest indicator above his head for the quest Aquatic Threat.
- Olga Bukkenedottir does not have a blue quest indicator above for the quest Chasing Olga.
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