Assault the Hill

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Assault the Hill

1325 AE
Personal story
Death from Below
Durmand Priory
(Lornar's Pass)
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn
Vigil (order icon).png Vigil
Preceded by
Code Breaker
Followed by
Setting the Stage

Assault the Hill is part of the personal story of Norn characters who decided to become a member of the Vigil in the previous mission.


Execute the Vigil's plan to defend the Durmand Priory.

  • Meet Thurkill at the Durmand Priory.
  • Drive the dredge from the bridge.
  • Destroy the Sonic Vaporizer.


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You start the mission near the Durmand Priory in Lornar's Pass. You start on the Priory side of the bridge. Large numbers of dredge are on the bridge, with roadblocks along it. The dredge also have two mortars. On the other end of the bridge is Vyacheslav with his sonic weapon. You have to fight your way along the bridge to destroy the weapon.

The roadblocks are useful for providing some cover, but eventually they will take enough damage to be destroyed. Charging across the bridge is unlikely to work, as you will be swarmed by large numbers of dredge and probably killed. Gradually attacking across the bridge and retreating or taking cover as required will probably work.

Once you have destroyed the weapon, the mission is over.








Speaking to Thurkill or approaching Ogden (cinematic):

Crusader Thurkill: Welcome to the Vigil. The dredge are poised to attack the Durmand Priory, but we are poised to attack them. This will be glorious!
<Character Name>: I'm ready. Where do we begin?
Crusader Thurkill: On top of the hill. They've fortified the weapons array location, but they won't stop our charge. Not with you and Eir Stegalkin alongside us.
<Character Name>: I'm glad you're with us, Eir. You've stood by me for so long, it's only fitting that we join forces one last time.
Eir Stegalkin: Ogden is an old friend...and thanks to you, I've been reminded that no matter how bad things seem, heroes don't give up on their friends.
Eir Stegalkin: I will stay behind to guard Ogden while you and the Vigil take the lead. Speaking of my old friend...
Ogden: Eir! Thurkill! And you must be the Slayer of Issormir! I am Ogden Stonehealer. Thank you for defending the Priory—and my life.
Crusader Thurkill: It's time. When we hit that dredge hill, we hit it hard and fast. If we don't shut down the Sonic Vaporizer quickly, Jormag's ice minions will overrun us and the Priory.
Crusader Thurkill: Vyacheslav! Prepare for death! For our fallen comrades, for the Priory, and for Tyria itself, you will fall!
Crusader Thurkill: Those dredge aren't wasting any time. We'll be overwhelmed by dragon minions if we don't turn off that weapon!
Crusader Thurkill: Rise up, rise up, my friends! For Tyria and for the Vigil!
Vyacheslav: Ogden Stonehealer must die! All enemies of the revolution must die!

Speaking to your allies:

Eir Stegalkin: I thought I'd done all I could for Tyria. You've taught me that any blade—even reforged—can make a difference.
Dignity Snaff's death was a tragedy, but that doesn't mean an end to his legend. Or to yours.
Snaff would've said something similar. He would have liked you.
Talk end option tango.png I would have liked him, too.
Talk end option tango.png It was my pleasure.
Laranthir of the Wild: Gad to have you with us, recruit. I am Laranthir of the Wild, second-in-command of the Vigil. You could also say that I'm its co-founder.
Talk more option tango.png What do you mean?
When General Soulkeeper lost her warband to the crystal dragon, I was the one who convinced her to turn her quest for vengeance into a worldwide campaign against all the Elder Dragons.
Talk end option tango.png Impressive. I look forward to fighting beside you.
Talk end option tango.png I'm ready for action, sir.
Scholar Prott: I trust you, Slayer, but your weapon arm has defeated your good sense. This may work, but all it shows is that might makes right.
Dignity Perhaps when you're not being shot at by a Sonic Vaporizer, you'll reconsider.
Ha! If it weren't for our research, you wouldn't even know anything about that weapon.
Talk end option tango.png Let's save the innocents at risk, and worry about the weapon later.
Talk end option tango.png It shows that the dredge are dangerous, and the Vigil will stand against danger—no matter what.
Wynnet Fairhaired: So you're the Vigil's new rising star. Welcome. I wish Scholar Prott could have convinced you to join us, but I'm glad you're here to help defend our headquarters. Thank you.
Dignity No thanks is necessary. It's my sworn duty.
Talk end option tango.png You're welcome.
Crusader Thurkill: Excellent, Slayer! I look forward to ending this threat and seeing you begin your career with the Vigil.
Talk end option tango.png They won't try something like this again, that's for sure.
Ogden: While I disapprove of Vigil methods, I am grateful for their dedicated assistance.
Talk more option tango.png How did you outlive the rest of your kind?
I didn't. The few survivors now battle servants of the Elder Dragon Primordus, deep underground. I alone remain above, to tell the tale.
Talk end option tango.png I look forward to hearing more about it.
Talk end option tango.png You're welcome, Ogden.

When approaching the end of the bridge (cinematic):

Vyacheslav: The Vigil? Here? Curse you! You will not protect the life of the oppressor dwarf!
<Character Name>: Ogden's not the only one at risk, you fool. Every time you fire that weapon, you bring dragon minions down on you and everyone around you.
Vyacheslav: What of it? Vengeance demands his death! I would kill thousands—and die myself—to avenge my people!
<Character name>: If you care about your people, you'll stop this. Fire that weapon, and more dredge will die. This is your last warning.
Vyacheslav: The oppressor must die! Every moment Ogden Stonehealer draws breath is an insult to those he enslaved! Kill them, comrades!

While fighting Vyacheslav:

Vyacheslav: You cannot stop us! The revolution will have its vengeance!
Vyacheslav: Why do you protect the oppressors who enslaved us?
Vyacheslav: No! I can't die while the oppressor dwarf still lives!

After destroying the Sonic Vaporizer (cinematic):

Crusader Thurkill: You made all the difference, Slayer. Without you, those dragon minions would have swarmed the Priory.
Eir Stegalkin: Few people in Tyria truly understand how great a threat the Elder Dragons are—to all of us.
Crusader Thurkill: But we who do are preparing to stop them. It's been a pleasure fighting alongside you, Slayer. But now you're expected in Lion's Arch.
Crusader Thurkill: A Vigil member has been assigned to you and will be standing by. They'll help you settle in and adjust to your new duties.
<Character name>: Thank you, Thurkill. And what about you, Eir? What does your future hold?[sic]
Eir Stegalkin: I am also headed for Lion's Arch. I'm meeting one of my former comrades from Destiny's Edge. We used to fight dragons together.
<Character Name>: I've heard of them. In Hoelbrak, they still sing songs of their brave deeds. You took down a dragon lieutenant together, didn't you?
Eir Stegalkin: In simpler times, yes. We...disbanded, but now I see that we—I—have more to do. You helped teach me that, and I will always be grateful.
<Character Name>: After all you've taught me, it's only fair that I return the favor. Farewell, Eir. I hope to see you again someday.

Speaking to your allies:

Crusader Thurkill: Good luck in Lion's Arch. Your mentor is an accomplished veteran. I'm sure he'll teach you the ropes.
Talk more option tango.png Tell me more about my new mentor.
He's a battle-hardened verteran[sic]. A norn, like us. He's even rougher than I am, but he's the best there is at training new recruits.
Talk end option tango.png I look forward to meeting him. Thanks for all your help, Thurkill.
Talk end option tango.png Your confidence inspires me, Thurkill.
Eir Stegalkin: The dredge are defeated, their weapon destroyed. This is only the first challenge you will face in the world beyond Hoelbrak.
Talk more option tango.png Now we must go to Lion's Arch. What do you think of it?
A city of good fortune, and of heroes. We will find our future there, and I...will confront my past with Destiny's Edge. Then we will see if Tyria can truly be saved.
Talk more option tango.png Tell me more about Destiny's Edge.
We were a deadly team. Human, charr, sylvari, norn, asura—fighting as a unit. In the arena or in the wild, we almost always won. Almost.
Talk more option tango.png What happened? Why aren't you together anymore?
We lost a key member. In the aftermath, we simply stopped being a team. Fell apart. Made choices the others couldn't understand. Blamed each other.
Talk end option tango.png I hope you're able to reconcile...for all our sakes.
Talk end option tango.png I look forward to it.
Talk end option tango.png With you on my side, we have a chance to defeat the dragons.
Laranthir of the Wild: This was an excellent start to your Vigil career. Protecting innocents from a dragon-related threat while also crushing that threat? It's what we do.
Ferocity And we'll keep doing it until the Elder Dragons fall.
Dignity Glad to hear it. That's precisely why I joined.
Talk end option tango.png Glad to be a part of it.
Wynnet Fairhaired: Since you saved us, we don't mind doing the clean up. Especially since it gives the Priory's top researchers a chance to study some of these dredge weapons.
Talk end option tango.png I hope your research is as successful as our battle.
Ogden: You've averted a catastrophe and saved the Priory. I've seen scores of heroes in my day, and I'd wager your name will soon be among them.
Talk end option tango.png It was my pleasure.
Talk more option tango.png Now that we've got a moment, tell me about your kind.
Certainly. The least I can do is tell you about my people, since you saved my life. Ask away.
Talk more option tango.png I'd heard dwarves were extinct. Are there many left?
As a race of flesh and blood, we became extinct over 200 years ago. We made a great sacrifice to defeat the destroyers, servants of the Elder Dragon Primordus.
Talk more option tango.png I'd like to hear more about that.
Our king protected us with a ritual. Unfortunately, it turned us to stone, immortal but not invulnerable. It strengthened our spirits, and the few survivors fight far below the ground.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to hear about something else. (returns to "Certainly. The least I can do...")
Talk end option tango.png That's all I wanted to know, thanks.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to hear about something else. (returns to "Certainly. The least I can do...")
Talk end option tango.png That's all I wanted to know, thanks.
Talk more option tango.png What do you do at the Priory?
The Priory desires knowledge. I am a living relic of the past, valuable to them in their quest to discover more about the Elder Dragons.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to hear about something else. (returns to "Certainly. The least I can do...")
Talk end option tango.png That's all I wanted to know, thanks.
Talk more option tango.png What happened to make the dredge hate you so much?
We kept them as slaves, but we have long regretted this choice. After the ritual, we left the creatures behind to find their own way.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to hear about something else. (returns to "Certainly. The least I can do...")
Talk end option tango.png That's all I wanted to know, thanks.
Talk end option tango.png Nothing else, thanks.

My story[edit]

Durmand Priory concept art.jpg

For my first official act as a Vigil recruit, I joined Thurkill in defending the Durmand Priory and Ogden Stonehealer from Vyacheslav's Sonic Vaporizer. We crushed the dredge and destroyed their weapon. Afterward, I said good-bye to Eir, and Thurkill sent me to Lion's Arch to meet my new Vigil partner.

My story


  • Contrary to what Eir says, she follows you instead of staying with Ogden. Garm stays behind, though.