The Great Hunt

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The norn pride themselves on their ferocity and the success of their hunts. Each year, young heroes gather to hunt and to boast of their accomplishments. Only the most impressive are chosen to go on that year's Great Hunt.

— In-game description

The Great Hunt is a short tutorial for the players that have just created their norn character. This tutorial has the player gather trophies which are needed to participate in the great hunt. Eventually, the player walks with Eir Stegalkin to defeat a group of Ice Wurm Hatchlings and eventually Issormir, the wurm boss. Players can encounter other players throughout the tutorial.


Hunt down game animals and collect trophies.

  • Talk to Thora Griffonbane.
  • Hunt and collect a trophy from a dire boar, owl griffon sire, or minotaur bull.
  • Present your trophy to Ido the Tanner.
  • Accompany Eir on the Great Hunt.
  • Be victorious in the Great Hunt!


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All professions
  • 0 - 2,000 
  • 72 Copper coin


There are a total of six events available during The Great Hunt. Only two are mandatory - claiming a trophy (one of the first three events) and killing Issormir.


As soon as the introduction cutscene ends, talk to Thora Griffonbane, who will explain the rules of the hunt to you. You must gather one of three valuable trophies from foes. The trophy is no actual item, you just kill the suitable monster.

You have to roam the area indicated by the green line and search for the game animals. They are indicated by the green starburst and often accompanied by lesser versions of their kind. If you approach such a possible hunting animal, an appropriate event will appear. You only need to kill one of the given game animals, but can continue for more karma and experience.

Once you have collected at least one trophy, go back to where you started off and talk to Ido the Tanner to gain your place in the Great Hunt. If the final event is not ready and the door to the mountain top is closed, you can participate in the festival moot events.

Optionally, find and speak to Varg and Mikkel Toivosson. You may meet them again in your personal story.

Finally Eir will call you when the hunt starts. Follow her up the stairs to find the arena of the battle. Your objective there is to enrage Issormir by defeating Wurm Hatchlings. Once enough are dead, Issormir appears and you must fight the wurm. Issormir hits hard in melee, and has an AoE attack too. Watch out for red circles on the ground and you'll be able to avoid it, or dodge if necessary. Additional Hatchlings will spawn during the fight. You may want to defeat them for additional experience and to support your allies. However, Issormir is the real target. Once Issormir is dead, the cutscene triggers automatically and the mission ends.






Opening cinematic after character creation:

<Character name>: I am norn, hunter of the wild, born of the free and rugged Shiverpeak mountains.
<Character name>: In the far north, my people fought our greatest enemy: Jormag, a dragon of frost and snow.
<Character name>: The dragon broke our pride, but it did not break our spirit.
<Character name>: In our last hour, we heard the voices of four of the Spirits of the Wild: Bear, Raven, Snow Leopard, Wolf.
<Character name>: They called us south, away from certain annihilation. We founded the Great Lodge of Hoelbrak and claimed new hunting grounds.
<Character name>: Some say we should not fight Jormag. I say the greatest risk is to wager nothing at all.
<Character name>: One day, a hero will lead us home, and we will break the dragon's icy grip.
(with the Strength quality)
<Character name>: I was born in the fire of combat. My spirit has been forged and tempered like steel.
<Character name>: Like my ancestors before me, I seek glory. One day, I will take my place among the heroes of the norn.
<Character name>: My strength is a gift from the Spirits of the Wild. With it, I can hold back the tide. I can move mountains. I can overcome anything that stands in my way.
<Character name>: I am still untested, but already, my deeds have earned me friendship and great respect.
<Character name>: Each year, a Great Hunt is called in Hoelbrak. Only the best among us are invited to participate.
<Character name>: I shall use my might to collect trophies to prove my worth, then drink and boast of my victories.
<Character name>: I accept this challenge. I relish it. Come, danger. Come, adventure!
<Character name>: In the lodges and halls of my people, my strength will make me immortal.
(with the Cunning quality)
<Character name>: I weave the skein of wisdom. My cunning confounds lesser foes.
<Character name>: Like my ancestors before me, I seek glory. One day, I will take my place among the heroes of the norn.
<Character name>: The Spirits of the Wild have given me the gifts of trickery and cleverness. I challenge the skill of my enemy. I am the predator. They are the prey.
<Character name>: I am still untested, but already, my deeds have earned me friendship and great respect.
<Character name>: Each year, a Great Hunt is called in Hoelbrak. Only the best among us are invited to participate.
<Character name>: I'll prove my worth with guile, collecting trophies to show my prowess. Then, I will drink and boast of my victories!
<Character name>: I accept this challenge. I relish it. Come, danger. Come, adventure!
<Character name>: In the lodges and halls of my people, my cunning will be remembered through the ages.
(with the Instinct quality)
<Character name>: Victory, like any other prey, must be Hunted. I trust my instincts, the voice of my soul, to guide the way.
<Character name>: Like my ancestors before me, I seek glory. One day, I will take my place among the heroes of the norn.
<Character name>: The Spirits of the Wild whisper their secrets to my heart. I trust in faith and follow where instinct guides me, and it has never led me wrong.
<Character name>: I am still untested, but already, my deeds have earned me friendship and great respect.
<Character name>: Each year, a Great Hunt is called in Hoelbrak. Only the best among us are invited to participate.
<Character name>: With bravery—and a little good fortune—I will collect trophies to prove my worth. Then, I will drink and boast my my victories!
<Character name>: I accept this challenge. I relish it. Come, danger. Come, adventure!
<Character name>: In the lodges and halls of my people, fortune—and the Spirits—will smile upon my legend.
<Character name>: This is my story.

Approaching Thora Griffonbane:

Thora Griffonbane: Hey! Over here! You don't want to miss a chance for glory, do you?

When speaking to Thora Griffonbane (cinematic):

Thora Griffonbane: Hail, Hero! Are you here to take part in this year's Great Hunt?
<Character name>: Of course I am! Just tell me what needs to be done and stand clear.
Thora Griffonbane: Hunt down three of the wildest animals you can find and take trophies from your kills. Present only the finest to Ido the Tanner to prove your worth.
Thora Griffonbane: Whoever has the best trophies, and whose bravery is the greatest, will be invited to join the Great Hunt.
Thora Griffonbane: Knut Whitebear has said this season's event will be one of the most dangerous, so be ready. I've even heard the renowed Eir Stegalkin might attend.
<Character name>: I look forward to impressing them both—after I've earned my place in the hunt.

Speaking with Hunter Hauk:

Hunter Hauk: So, hunter, are you ready to start making a name for yourself? There's plenty of game out there, if you
skilled enough to find it.
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I'm ready. I shall find the best trophies in this valley.
Spoken like a true hunter! Now, I can tell you where you can find the prey. The rest is up to you. What are you tracking?
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I'm looking to take down a boar.
A bold choice. Head south, but be wary. Skelk have been harassing the boars lately, so you'll have two kinds of prey out there.
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Boars AND skelk to the south. Got it. What else can you tell me?
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That's all I need to know. Take care, friend.
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The bigger, the better. Where do I find minotaurs?
Big is right, my friend. Big, burly, and bad-tempered. You'll find a whole herd of minotaurs in the woods just west of here.
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I have another question about the prey.
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That's all I need to know. Thanks! Now I can get started.
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I want something exotic, like an own griffon.
Now you're talking! Some own griffons set up a rookery to the west, near the shrine to Snow Leopard. Watch your step. The owls will be guarding their young. Fiercely.
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Sounds good, but I seek other prey. Let me ask you about something else.
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That's all I need to know. Thanks! Now I can get started.
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I have no need for tips. I will find my own prey.
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Actually, I'm off to the hunt!

Speaking with Ido the Tanner prior to hunting:

Ido the Tanner: What's this? You haven't completed the hunt! Come back when you've collected at least one trophy.
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I'll return, trophy in hand!

Speaking with the Bartender (1):

Bartender: I'm tired of serving ale to rowdy hunters.
Really? You're surrounded by happy people having fun. Grab some for yourself!
You're right. Maybe I'll just knock off early and fetch myself a round for a change. Toss back a few ales, boast a little, maybe sing a few dirty songs...
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That's the spirit! Get out there and enjoy the moot!
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Really? Then you are in the wrong place and the wrong line of work, my friend.

Speaking with the Bartender (2):

Bartender: Working a moot has its perks. I'm the only one who remembers all the funny things, so I get to tell the best stories.
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A toast then! May we be plenty of fodder for storytelling!

Speaking with Knut Whitebear:

Knut Whitebear: Eir and I put a lot into this Great Hunt. Hoelbrak deserves the best. And here it is: the best hunters battling the fiercest prey.
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It will only be the best when I win the Great Hunt. Farewell.

Upon speaking to Ido the Tanner after completing the hunt (cinematic):

Ido the Tanner: Hail, hunter! I'm the local leatherworker. Ido's the name. Show me your kills, and I'll make 'em into trophies you'll be proud to show at the moot.
Ido the Tanner: Drinking, singing, and boasting! I love a good old-fashioned moot.
Ido the Tanner: Others save their parties for holidays, but I say every day alive's worth celebrating!
Ido the Tanner: Hey, Knut, look at this impressive trophy! Worthy of the Great Hunt, I'd say!
Knut Whitebear: Indeed. You are skilled enough to defeat your prey and wise enough to revere their spirits. You are worthy to join in this year's Great Hunt!
Knut Whitebear: By my own hand, I have brought the mighty wurm, Issormir. He waits above, in the plateau, for one such as you to challenge him.
Knut Whitebear: The great Eir Stegalkin watches over him now, waiting for the hunt to commence. When it is time, you and the others will go to the high ground over the valley.
Knut Whitebear: There, you will face Issormir and claim victory—if you can!
<Character name>: I can and I will. This is where my legend begins!

Speaking with Ido:

Ido the Tanner: Excellent trophy. You have quite a future ahead of you. Last hunter I saw with such promise was Eir Stegalkin herself.
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Tell me, what do we face next?
It's Issormir, a giant ice wurm that Knut Whitebear personally captured. It's a test to challenge the mettle of even the best hunters. So challenging, Eir herself will be there!
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Do you know Knut Whitebear? What's he like?
A great, great man. His grandfather founded Hoelbrak. Knut upholds that legacy and runs Hoelbrak with his sons. They keep it alive and thriving!
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Farewell, friend.
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Tell me more about Eir. (Same as below)
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I look forward to the challenge.
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You know Eir? Tell me more about her.
She's the living legend who, with her wolf Garm, triumphed over one of Jormag's mightiest lieutenants. And she's a brilliant sculptor! Yes, the skaalds will sing of her for generations.
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Impressive. What about the beast we fight after the moot? (Leads to lines above)
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One day, the skaalds will sing about me as well.
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I look forward to proving you right.

Approaching the moot brawl pen:

Local: Lempi needs to watch where she puts her traps. Stupid thing almost took off my foot.
Hunter (1): I'm the greatest hunter alive! The greatest who ever lived!
Hunter (2): Greatest hunter? Nah. Biggest mouth? Definitely.
Hunter (1): You'd better watch YOUR mouth, buddy, or I'll hunt you down just to prove my point.
Hunter (2): In your dreams. And if you do hunt me down in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.

Speaking with Mikkel Toivosson:

Mikkel Toivosson: Well, I didn't know the Great Hunt was open to worthless losers. What are you doing here, <Character name>? Besides embarassing yourself.
You're the one embarassing yourself, Mikkel. Every time you open your mouth.
Big talk from a toothless pup like you. If you want to start something, I'll finish it.
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Not here and not now. But soon, your hairy-necked goon. Soon.
Drunk again, Mikkel? I guess seeing your face in the mirror would drive anybody to drink.
What did you say? I'd break you in half, but then the judges would probably disqualify me. But I won't forget this.
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You'd forget your own name if your mom didn't stitch it into your undergarments.
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Go ahead and run your mouth, Mikkel. My trophy will do the talking for me.
You'll have to catch something first, loser.
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Just keep talking. It makes beating you all the more satisfying.
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Not interested, Mikkel. Find someone else to pester.

Speaking with Skarti:

Skarti: Hail hunter! I hope you're ready for the next challenge.
If the challenge comes in a keg, I'm always ready.
Ha! Know this—Bear's Brown Ale has bested as many norn as Bear herself!
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Well said! Who are you, friend?
I am Skarti, oldest son of Knut Whitebear. I lead the Wolfborn, protectors of the Great Lodge, and I can outdrink any norn, charr, spirit, or god!
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A mighty boast! I look forward to seeing you prove it at the moot. See you then!
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Well said. Off I go!
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What challenge?
The great wurm issormir. My father, Knut Whitebear, captured it and brought it to the plateau above, to test the best young hunters.
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Impressive. How's he keeping it up there?
Knut's old friend, the legend Eir Stegalkin, is keeping the wurm busy while this season's best hunters are chosen to face it.
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I look forward to facing Issormir and meeting such a legend.
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Good to know.
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I want to enjoy the moot first.

Talking to Beastmaster Youkeh:

Beastmaster Youkeh: By the Spirits, it's a beautiful day for a hunt. Or a moot. Or a brawl!
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That it is.

When the moot brawl begins:

Beastmaster Youkeh: Listen up, moot-goers! If you think you're ready for glory, this is the place to prove it.
Beastmaster Youkeh: Step into my arena and test your fighting prowess! What better way to prepare for victory in the Great Hunt?
Beastmaster Youkeh: Once those cages open, there's no turning back. Get ready to fight!

Talking to Beastmaster Youkeh during the moot brawl event:

Beastmaster Youkeh: My friends and I have gathered beasts and brutes from across the Shiverpeaks. Tell me, are you strong enough to face them in a fight?
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I'm always ready for a challenge.

Taking part in the festive moot brawl, after defeating a few waves:

Beastmaster Youkeh: What's that? You want more? Your wish is my command.

When the moot brawl ends:

Beastmaster Youkeh: What a fight. I bet you're all warmed up and ready for Issormir. Tell me I'm wrong. You can't! Because I'm not!
Local: It was glorious! I've really got a shot at taking home the prize this year.

Speaking with Varg:

Varg: On on, get out of my face, you...shtupid punk...quaggan-kissher. You aint got ale, you ain't got nothing'.
You're right. All I've got are two big fists, and I know you don't want either one.
Come on, then! Show me your big fishts, and I'll...wait, what was I...who are you again?
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Find a quiet place to sleep it off, pal. I'm leaving.
Settle down Varg, you're embarassing yourself again.
Hey! You can't talk to me like that. I'll kick you...with my foot!
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While you're trying to find your foot, I'll be moving on.
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Take it easy, pal. I think you've had a few too many.
Oh, yeah? I'll show you who's had too many! Right after I finish this one...
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Right. You do that. When you're ready, I'll be somewhere else.
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That makes us even, then. Good-bye.

Meeting with Eir and the climb to the plateau:

Eir Stegalkin: Hail to the finest hunters of the season!
Eir Stegalkin: Follow me if you dare — and ready yourselves for battle!
Show Leopard Shaman: May Snow Leopard grant you swiftness and grace.
Raven Shaman: May Raven bless you with the vision to see and the wisdom to understand.
Wolf Shaman: Walk with the pack. In the eyes of the Wolf, we are all brothers and sisters.
Bear Shaman: Battle with the strength of Bear.

Speaking with Eir:

Eir Stegalkin: Welcome, <Character name>. I've heard about you—some good things, some not so good, and some things I just don't believe. I look forward to seeing you prove yourself.
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It's all true, every word! Stand with me now, and you'll see for yourself!

When Issormir appears:

Eir Stegalkin: Onward! To glory!
Eir Stegalkin: There's our prey! Go on, hunter, show us what you can do!
Eir Stegalkin: Keep at him! Don't let Garm have all the fun!
Eir Stegalkin: He's reeling. Let's finish him off!
Eir Stegalkin: All hail the Slayer of Issormir! Now, return to the Snowlord's Gate as no mere hunter, but a champion!

Aftermath cinematic:

Habel Icebreaker: What a hunt! I heard about your victory. Very impressive!
<Character name>: Thank you. It was a hard-fought battle, and I'm proud of my part in it.
Habel Icebreaker: An excellent beginning to your legend, friend. You know, a lot of folks around here have problems that need solving. A slayer like you could be a big help.
Habel Icebreaker: Putting your skills to work sharpens them, and helping others wouldn't hurt your reputation, either! Think of the glory!
<Character name>: I will seek out these problems and solve them. Then we will see how my legend grows!

My story[edit]

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I hunted down prey for the Great Hunt, presented my trophies to the judges, and celebrated with my fellow hunters at the moot. Then I battled and defeated Issormir, the giant ice wurm. These victories earned me glory, and the right to call myself "Slayer of Issormir." Soon every norn in Hoelbrak will be talking about me!

My story


  • You can kill all 3 of the available 'mini-bosses' during this area. Even if you kill more than one, it is unclear which trophy is the one presented to Ido.
    • During the original beta builds, all three beasts were to be defeated before presenting them to Ido.