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Distract, Destroy, Distrust

1333 AE
The Icebrood Saga
No Quarter
Drizzlewood Coast
(Shiverpeak Mountains)
Preceded by
Snapping Steel
Followed by

Drizzlewood Coast loading screen.jpg

Loading screen

Distract, Destroy, Distrust is the fourth story step of No Quarter.


  • 1) Find and build the Dominion experimental weapon
  • 2) recover the armament from the sunken submarines
  • 3) destroy the Dominion armored cars and recover the parts
  • 4) obtain a flame core from a Veteran Magma Effigy
  • 5) find the Dominion supply depot/weapons lab, infiltrate and recover evidence related to the Dominion's weapon research programs



Collecting ordinance[edit]

Go to the green circled area in Port Cascadia. To obtain the ordinance, interact with Sunken Submarines under the water. Your weapon skills will change; 4 of the skills will be an explosion, and 1 will be the ordinance. The order will be random. Press the ordinance icon correctly 5 times to recover it. If you press the explosion icon or don't choose anything, you will be knocked back and will need to restart the sequence. Obtain the ordinance from 3 submarines to complete this step.


# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Bellow!.png Extraction Success Press the release clamps in the proper order to remove the ordinance.
33x33px Extraction Fail Press the release clamps in the proper order to remove the ordinance.

Obtaining flame core[edit]

Complete either Event boss (tango icon).png Eliminate the Dominion and their Flame Shaman before the ritual is completed (80) or Event boss (tango icon).png Defeat the Magma Effigy (80). This will spawn Effigy Scrap on the ground. Interact with it to obtain the flame core.






Talking to Smodur the Unflinching
Smodur the Unflinching: Ah, Commander. I’ve got new orders for you.
<Character name>: "Orders."
Smodur the Unflinching: Salvage and requisitions. If you have a problem with that, feel free to go crying to Crecia.
<Character name>: What are we salvaging?
Smodur the Unflinching: We’ve crippled submarines off the port. Retrieve intact torpedoes for our ordnance cache. End any Dominion you encounter.
Smodur the Unflinching: Also, we’ve seized plans for an enemy weapon. This may be a challenge, but you’ll need to assemble it.
Smodur the Unflinching: Once you manage that, I’ll send someone to collect it.
Rytlock Brimstone: We’re supposed to be creating diversions—keeping Dominion attention on us instead of Malice.
Smodur the Unflinching: You’ll make plenty of noise, Brimstone. Destroy any enemy vehicles you come across and recover their parts.
Smodur the Unflinching: Materiel often has far greater value than ranks on the ground. Gears over grunts, I like to say.
Rytlock Brimstone: You say a lot.
<Character name>: And after we’re done with the salvage mission?
Smodur the Unflinching: I’ll share next steps when appropriate. Keep me apprised.
Walking away
Rytlock Brimstone: Cre’s been dealing with that guy for months. Can’t believe she hasn’t throttled him.
<Character name>: Well, she did work beside Bangar for years.
Rytlock Brimstone: (grunts) Let’s just get this done.
Experimental Weapons Parts
A note left on top of the weapon reads:
“The researchers down there must be half asura, I can’t make horns or tails out of this! Color code or not, all these parts just look like levers!”
Talk quest option tango.png Keep reading the notes.
"I just remember them saying 'Firing means Fire, elevate means to the Sky.' Burn me, is that code? Are they Iron or Ash Legion?" Those do sounds like instructions, however...
Talk quest option tango.png Attempt to fix the weapon.
There are three parts—firing lever, elevation crank, breach side—and three color-coded areas of the weapon.
Talk quest option tango.png Firing: green. Elevation: blue. Breach: red.
Talk quest option tango.png Firing: red. Elevation: blue. Breach: green.
The parts fit together smoothly.
Talk quest option tango.png Leave the weapon alone.
Talk quest option tango.png Firing: red. Elevation: green. Breach: blue.
Talk end option tango.png Leave the weapon alone.
Talk end option tango.png Leave the weapon alone.
Talk end option tango.png Leave the weapon alone.
Smodur the Unflinching: That took you about as long as I thought it would. Carry on, Commander.
Iron Legion Engineer: Thanks. We’ll get it where it needs to go.
At the Submerged Scrapyard
Rytlock Brimstone: Careful. They’ve been knocked around a lot. I don’t trust those torpedoes not to explode.
Collecting all ordnance from submarines
Rytlock Brimstone: Hey, Smodur, we’ve recovered the torpedoes.
Smodur the Unflinching: Good to see you can work unsupervised.
Rytlock Brimstone: We’re allies, not lackeys.
Smodur the Unflinching: You’re a soldier in the field, Tribune. Do the job.
Rytlock Brimstone: You can shove that j—
<Character name>: We’ll call you when the next task is done.
After collecting the car parts
<Character name>: Smodur, we’ve finished collecting the car parts.
Smodur the Unflinching: Yes, I heard.
Rytlock Brimstone: What are you gonna use all that scrap for, anyway?
Smodur the Unflinching: It would take too long to explain it to you. Just worry about your mission.
Rytlock Brimstone: Can’t imagine why so many Iron keep jumping ship.
Finishing all tasks
Smodur the Unflinching: Commander, report to base. There’s more to be done.
<Character name>: Care to elaborate?
Smodur the Unflinching: When you need to know.
Talking to Smodur
<Character name>: Smodur—
Smodur the Unflinching: You need to be properly armed for your next assignment. Shaman, where’s the crystal?
Flame Legion Fire Shaman: Right next to you. It’s not ready yet.
Smodur the Unflinching: You were given a direct order. Since you don’t have a conventional imperator, maybe you’ve forgotten what that means.
Flame Legion Fire Shaman: Sir. Your orders were, and I quote, " add a Flame boost to Iron munitions." Priority one, you said.
Flame Legion Fire Shaman: I haven’t the time or the extra energy to power the crystal as well.
Smodur the Unflinching: I need solutions, not excuses soldier.
Flame Legion Fire Shaman: Give them the crystal as is. A flame core could complete the charging process.
<Character name>: Where can we find on of those?
Flame Legion Fire Shaman: A few of our shamans joined Dominion. They use the cores to fuel their burning effigies.
Smodur the Unflinching: Excellent. You have your next mission. See to it, Commander.
After defeating a Flame effigy
Rytlock Brimstone: You seeing that glowing rubble?
Effigy Scrap
A twisted pile of metal and scrap
Talk quest option tango.png Look for a flame core.
In the wreckage sits a glowing orb. It is warm to the touch.
Talk quest option tango.png Pick up the core and leave.
Talk end option tango.png Leave the scrap alone.
Picking up the core
<Character name>: Smodur, we’ve got a flame core.
Smodur the Unflinching: Get it to the nearest munitions shaman ASAP. Time’s coming when we’ll need that crystal at full power.
Flame Legions Fire Shaman
Commander, yes? How may this one aid you?
Talk quest option tango.png I need this crystal infused with the power of this core. Smodur’s orders.
That is...unusual, but I will look into it. I know better than to question Imperator Smodur. One moment.
Talk quest option tango.png All right.
There. Its is...done. If this works, put in a good word for me with Smodur. If it doesn’t, well... Ahem. Excuse me, I need a moment to catch my breath.
Talk quest option tango.png Sure... thank you.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, I’ll be right back.
Talk end option tango.png Nothing right now, thanks.
After charging the crystal
Smodur the Unflinching: Commander, do you have that charged crystal yet?
<Character name>: Got it. What does it do?
Smodur the Unflinching: Gives us back an edge. Iron material fell under Dominion control. Now they have a weapon we can’t afford to leave in their hands.
Smodur the Unflinching: I’ve got the location of their supply bunker. Make your way there and await instructions.
Interacting with the bunker
Unknown Voice: (indecipherable echo)
<Character name>: Did you hear a voice?
Rytlock Brimstone: Not sure. Thought he said this was a supply bunker.
Commander: Smodur, what exactly does this crystal do again?
Smodur the Unflinching: Destroy Dominion’s ability to use Iron resources against us. As I said.
Rytlock Brimstone: Yeah, but how?
Smodur the Unflinching: With a really big boom. You wanted a distraction, this is it. Stop wasting time and drop the grenade.
<Character name>: I don’t like this. Something feels off.
Smodur the Unflinching: This is war, Commander. We do what’s necessary, or we lose.
A stream of smoke pours out of a large vent.
Talk quest choice tango.png Drop the crystal down the vent.
Talk quest choice tango.png Refuse to drop the crystal down the vent.
Talk end option tango.png Leave it alone.
If you choose "Drop the crystal down the vent":
<Character name>: Everyone out of the line of fire. NOW!
<Character name>: If we let Dominion keep the tech, the legions will lose more lives.
If you choose "Refuse to drop the crystal down the vent":
Rytlock Brimstone: It's the best cover we can give Cre and Malice.
Unknown Voice: (pained dying scream)
<Character name>: That was more than just a grenade!
Rytlock Brimstone: The way in has gotta be below us somewhere. Let’s go!
Entering the bunker
Rytlock Brimstone: What have we done? What have we done?
Rytlock Brimstone: This is not how we save the charr.
<Character name>: Smodur, the supply depot was fully staffed...
Smodur the Unflinching: Yes. People are a resource.
Rytlock Brimstone: You bastard—
Smodur the Unflinching: There’s no time to be squeamish! We need to get serious if we’re going to win.
If charr:
<Character name>: This can't be who we are. Not again.
<Character name>: If we become the monster, we’ve already lost.
Rytlock Brimstone: I’ll check the bodies. Could be survivors.
Strange Device
The corpses look unarmed. The uniforms are military, but nothing else makes them seem like soldiers.
Talk quest option tango.png Look for more evidence.
Supply Crate
Assuming that ozone that you smell didn’t come from the crystal bomb, it seems that this was an active workshop, not a supplies barracks.
Talk quest option tango.png Look for more evidence.
Damaged Invention
The inventions scattered around the room don’t look like any you’ve seen before—this might have been a research and development group.
Talk quest option tango.png Look for more evidence.
Odd Schematics
From what you can see among the chaos, a lot of the inventions looked well-structured and nearly complete...something you imagine Smodur would not appreciate.
Talk quest option tango.png Look for more evidence.
Talk quest option tango.png I better check in with Rytlock and see what he found. (Once all evidence has been analyzed)
After examining the evidence
Rytlock Brimstone: Commander, there’s no one left alive.
<Character name>: Everything I’m seeing says this is more than just a supply bunker.
Rytlock Brimstone: Far as I can tell, they were doing some sort of R & D. Smodur wasn’t lying about that at least.
<Character name>: Doesn’t make me feel any better.
Rytlock Brimstone: This won’t either. I recognize her—she’s one of Malice’s personal guards. And she’s carrying the Ash Imperator’s sigil.
<Character name>: Is that an order to defect? Could Malice be playing both sides?
If Ash Legion charr:
Rytlock Brimstone: She’s Ash. No offense. We’ve got to warn Cre.
Rytlock Brimstone: She’s Ash. We’ve got to warn Cre.
<Character name>: Let’s not jump to conclusions. Crecia?
Crecia Stoneglow: Great timing, Commander. Malice got that message to Ryland. He’s agreed to another parley. Meet us at the hidden base.
Rytlock Brimstone: We can’t talk about this over comms. I don’t trust Malice. And I sure as hell don’t trust Smodur.
<Character name>: We’ll pull Crecia aside after. Let’s handle Ryland first.

My Story[edit]

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Smodur the Unflinching gave us our next "orders," as well as a good dose of posturing. He tasked us with creating a diversion while Malice Swordshadow got word to Ryland that Cinder had been captured.

After a mission, Smodur gave us a crystal, which we infused with a Flame Core. Later, when Rytlock and I got to a Dominion supply bunker, Smodur urged us to drop it down the vent. As soon as I heard the explosion, I knew it was a mistake—one Rytlock and I will live with forever. Smodur, on the other hand, didn't even flinch at the loss of life. In the wreckage we found an Ash agent with orders to defect. Orders from Malice Swordshadow.

My story


Selecting the "Refuse to drop the crystal down the vent" option at the vent may simply close the dialogue window without progressing the story. A way to "fix" this is to interact with the vent again and use the option to drop the crystal yourself.


  • The Flame Legion Fire Shaman's statement that "Effigies can't be bargained or reasoned with. They don't feel pity or remorse or fear." is a paraphrased quote from the 1984 film The Terminator.