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The Udyrfrykte and the Chieftain

Author: 
Xan

THIRSK

Faern Sargtlin

(notice that the mead hall is attacked, several people dead)

Svenja Snow-Song

"He...he came to the mead hall and killed...killed everyone he could! There was no warning! My clan fought bravely, but they were no match. I rained arrows upon the beast, and finally drove him off. But he'll be back! It all happened so quickly. We were just standing here, enjoying our mead and the warmth of the fire, when he struck. Never have I seen a creature so savage. If I didn't know better, I'd say the monster that did this was the Udyrfrykte, but how could that be?"

:the Udyrfrykte:
"The Udyrfrykte is a remorseless monster with a taste for human flesh. According to legend, he has been sealed within his lair for centuries. The entrance is on the shore of Lake Fjalding, but it's covered with ice. How could he have escaped? Why now? Wait...the strange fire on the lake. You must have seen it. I do not know what sorcery caused that fell flame, but it must have melted the ice! If this is true, the Udyrfrykte is free to walk to lands. Bard, the beast must be stopped."

:beast must be stopped:
"You're no stranger to combat, Bard. I can see that in your eyes. Do you have the power to slay the beast? Do you have the courage? Skjoldr Wolf-Runner was the last chieftain of Thirsk. He took possession of the hall when he slew Griss the Yellow and placed his head on the pedestal. But now Skjoldr is dead, and Thirsk has no chieftain. If you can kill the Udyrfrykte and claim some kind of battle trophy, you might be found worthy to rule over Thirsk. What say you? Will you slay the Udyrfrykte?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Yes, I will kill the Udyrfrykte and claim the chieftain's throne of Thirsk."

Svenja Snow-Song

:beast must be stopped:
"Your words honor me and my fallen comrades. The Udyrfrykte makes his lair in the ice caves that run beneath Thirsk. The entrance is located on the shores of Lake Fjalding, just to the west of here. I'm sure you will find the creature there, licking his wounds. If you can manage to slay the Udyrfrykte, make sure you claim some part of the beast as a trophy. Bring that trophy back to me, and I will name you chieftain of Thirsk, for that is our way. Go now, and good hunting."

Faern Sargtlin

(go out of the mead hall and track the Udyrfrykte)

LAIR OF UDYRFRYKTE

Faern Sargtlin

(find the terrible creature and slay it)
(retrieve the heart of Udyrfrykte)
(go back to Thirsk)

THIRSK

Faern Sargtlin

(meet Svenja Snow-Song outside of the mead hall)

Svenja Snow-Song

"I'm sorry, Bard, but none may enter the mead hall while.... You...you hold the Heart of the Udyrfrykte! Can this be? You have slain the fell beast? By the gods, you truly are a warrior worthy of song! Give the heart to me, then. I will make ready the mead hall, and when the debris of battle has been cleared the Heart of the Udyrfryte will be placed on the pedestal of Thirsk. There is but one more task you must complete before being named chieftain."

:one more task:
"You must go to the mountains and find the barrow of Hrothmund the Red, the first chieftain of Thirsk. One may only be named chieftain of the mead hall if Hrothmund's spirit approves. Inside the barrow is Hrothmund's great axe. Lay your hands on this weapon and utter your intention to rule over Thirsk. If you are found worthy, Hrothmund will grant his blessing. Go now. Seek Hrothmund's Barrow at the eye of the wolf. While you're away, I will see to the repairs of the mead hall."

:enter the mead hall:
"The mead hall of Thirsk is closed for repairs, Bard. In his rage, the Udyrfrykte did much damage. The builders I've hired are working diligently, though, and the mead will flow again soon. Of course, Thirsk still needs a new chieftain."

:little advice:
"Just because Hrothmund's Bane is magically sealed, that doesn't mean there isn't...something inside waiting for you. Be ready for a fight."

:little secret:
"The name of the wolf that killed Hrothmund is "Ondjage." You'll need to say his name to enter Hrothmund's Barrow. Say any other name and you'll NEVER be able to get in!"

Faern Sargtlin

(manage the way to Hrothmund's Bane)

HROTHMUND BANE

Faern Sargtlin

(get attacked by a giant snow wolf)
(manage to kill the giant snow wolf and face the Hrothmund's Barrow)
(touch the bearskin that covers the door and it speaks)

The Bearskin

"Some they call me Hrothmund's Bane, with midnight teeth and moonlight mane. I am the wolf one soul may tame, by uttering my given name. But speak the truth, for those who lie, gain not the wealth beyond my eye! Answer false and evermore, closed shut will be my icy door. What is my name?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Ondjage."

The Bearskin

"You spoke the truth and won the game, for Ondjage is my given name. You have gained entrance to Hrothmund's Barrow."

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the Hrothmund's Barrow)

HROTHMUND'S BARROW

Faern Sargtlin

(fight some barrow creatures and find the axe)

You grasp the mighty axe of Hrothmund, and utter your intention to rule over Thirsk. In answer of approval, Hrothmund grants his blessing.

Faern Sargtlin

(go back to Thirsk)

THIRSK

Faern Sargtlin

(see that the reparation on the mead hall has been completed)
(enter the hall and talk to Svenja Snow-Song)

Svenja Snow-Song

"I know that Hrothmund has granted you his blessing, for I could feel it in the air. The heart of the Udyrfrykte has been placed on the pedestal for all to see. You, Faern Sargtlin, are the new chieftain of Thirsk! Ruling the mead hall is great work, and I understand you may have business elsewhere. I offer to serve as your advisor and second-in-command, and will oversee the mead hall's affairs in your absence. Now, do we have any mead hall business to discuss? Or maybe you'd like to relax in your quarters?"

Faern Sargtlin

(for now, relax and enjoy the mead with the Nords)
(after the rest, go to Skaal Village to meet Tharsten Heart-Fang and Korst Wind-Eye)