Don't Shoot the Messenger

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Don't Shoot the Messenger

1325 AE
Personal story
Order Neophyte
Vulture's Sweep
(Fields of Ruin)
Warrior's Crown
(Fields of Ruin)
Vigil (order icon).png Vigil
Preceded by
Vigil (order icon).png Killer Instinct
Followed by
Vigil (order icon).png Minister's Defense
Vigil (order icon).png Quaestor's Siege

Don't Shoot the Messenger map.jpg

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Don't Shoot the Messenger is part of the personal story for characters of all races who decide to join the Vigil.


Oversee an important meeting between the charr and humans.

  • Meet Forgal on the road to Summit Peak.
  • Escort Sergeant Jeyne to Summit Peak.
  • Speak to the ambassadors and choose a plan of action.


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Speak to Warmaster Forgal Kernsson upon entering, then escort Sergeant Eilye Jeyne on the way to Summit Peak.

You will fight 2 ambushes of 4 Charr Renegades, then be attacked by 2 Veteran Ogre Brutes and a Charr Renegade at a crossroads with two tents. There is a defeated Hunter on the road and an Ebon Vanguard Archer whom you can revive to assist you in combat. If Sergeant Jeyne runs ahead of you, she will stop and wait for you (she turns right at the tents).

After clearing the Ogres, you will come across a defeated Ebon Vanguard Warrior surrounded by what appear to be dead Charr. If you choose to revive the warrior, he'll tell you it's a trap and 5 charr will get up and attack you. If you get defeated at any time Forgal may revive you.

When you get to the delegation site, a cutscene will play and two options will be offered you. Speak to the ambassadors and choose a plan for dealing with Ajax: defending at Summit Peak or assaulting his hideout. The story will branch for the next quest depending on your choice.

Note that after exiting the instance for this mission, you end up in the soldiers' camp where the Champion Wasp Queen and Wasp Soldier group event occurs!





Ambient creatures


Approaching Forgal (cinematic):

Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Who are you people? Commander Samuelsson didn't mention an escort, and you certainly don't look like the Vanguard!
<Character Name>: We're with the Vigil. We know about the attack planned for Minister Duran. We're here to make sure you reach him in time.
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: An escort? I'm a soldier of the Ebon Vanguard. I don't need babysitters.
Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: We're not babysitters, we're tourists. Traveling the same road, taking in the same scenery, and beating the ever-living crap out of the same idiots as you.
Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: You look like a fine sergeant. Are you really going to tell us where we can't go and who we can't beat up on such a nice day?
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: I have to get this message to the minister. I don't have time for this. Just keep up, or I leave you behind.
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Head out for Summit Peak, and don't slow down.

After the cinematic:

Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: So Vigil's my escort? Fine. Just don't tell the rest of the Vanguard. I'll never hear the end of it.
Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: If I'd had a daughter, she'd be a lot like Jeyne...except smarter, stubborner, and better-lookin'.

Talking to Forgal enroute:

Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: You're doing well so far, Recruit—but don't get too cocky.
Talk more option tango.png So all we have to do is get Sergeant Jeyne to the ambassadors?
It's not as easy as it looks. The renegades could be anywhere. Stay sharp.
Talk end option tango.png Will do, sir.
Talk end option tango.png I'll stay ready, Warmaster.

On the way to Summit Peak:

Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: Careful. This has "ambush" written all over it.
Charr Renegade: For the charr!
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Stay alert. Keep moving.
Farmer: Ebonhawke dogs! I spit on your cowardly "peace!"
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Is that another Renegade up ahead? They aren't even bothering to disguise their ambushes? That's just insulting.

Upon finding and reviving the Hunter:

Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: I see a survivor. Stand the line, we have to help her!
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: No, we can't risk it! If the ambassador is killed, many more lives will be lost.
Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: You'd abandon your own soldiers?
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: We all knew the risk when we joined the Vanguard. Duty first.
Hunter: You were such a help. Thanks.

Upon finding and reviving the Archer:

Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Balthazar's breath! Ogres? The Renegades are stirring up anything they can, just to send 'em at us!
Ebon Vanguard Archer: Thank you! I thought I was done for. I'll help you make it to the peak.

Upon finding and reviving the Warrior:

Ebon Vanguard Warrior:! It's a trap.

Upon arrival at the camp:

Ebon Vanguard Archer: Officer on site! Stand at attention!
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: We're here.

Talking to the ambassadors before Jeyne arrives:

Ambassador Steelcrusher: The Vigil, here? Has something gone wrong? Where is Sergeant Jeyne?
Talk more option tango.png The Vigil was sent to reinforce the Vanguard. The renegades have planned an ambush, sir
No doubt. Well, I'm glad you're here. Maybe we can turn the tables on Ajax and his brutes.
Talk end option tango.png That's my hope, too, sir.
Talk end option tango.png Keep your voice down and stay close. Everything's going to be fine.
Minister Duran: Who are you? Where's Sergeant Jeyne? You look like Vigil troops!
Talk more option tango.png We're here to reinforce Sergeant Jeyne's escort. You're in great danger, Minister.
If the Vigil's taking a hand, the situation must be serious. Very well, I'll trust you, <character name>.
Talk end option tango.png Thank you, Minister.
Talk end option tango.png Just stay calm and we'll keep you safe.

Approaching the ambassadors with Jeyne (cinematic):

Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Minister Duran! Sir! Please, it's critical that you hear this.
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Commander Samuelsson sent me from Ebonhawke. You're both in terrible danger.
Minister Duran: Danger? Slow down, Sergeant. Take a deep breath, and tell me what's going on.
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Ajax Anvilburn and his Renegades are going to ambush you. They plan to assassinate Minister Duran and blame the attack on Ambassador Steelcrusher.
Ambassador Steelcrusher: Well, we can't let that happen, can we? Duran, can you fight?
Minister Duran: Not as well as a charr, but I can hold my own. We could take cover at Summit Peak up ahead. Having the high ground would be in our favor.
Minister Duran: The camp is a defensible location. If the Renegades don't know we're prepared, we could turn the tables on them when they attack.
Ambassador Steelcrusher: With all due respect, Minister, the best defense is usually a good offense. I recommend we find the traitor's base and destroy Ajax before he can strike.
Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: The Vigil were the ones to uncover this plot. With due respect, sirs, I think we should let them decide if we choose ambush or assault.

Talking to your allies before choosing a plan:

Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: Hurry up and talk to the ambassadors. We need a plan before those renegades get bold again.
Talk end option tango.png Right. No problem.
Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: We're here. I'll keep an eye out for attack, while you fill in the ambassadors on the situation.
Talk end option tango.png Good plan, sir.
Ambassador Steelcrusher: The High Legions have spies among the renegades. We'll find Ajax's camp, and crush their little force together.
Talk quest choice tango.png I agree. Let's take these guys out before they can do any more harm.
Leads to Quaestor's Siege
Talk more option tango.png Can you tell me more about your plan?
We know Ajax's camp is in the Thunderbreak Hills. If we surprise him there, we can end this without risking the peace talks.
Talk quest choice tango.png That makes sense. We should attack Ajax at his camp.
Leads to Quaestor's Siege
Talk end option tango.png I'm not sure that's the best idea. Let me think about this a bit longer.
Talk end option tango.png I'm not sure that's the best idea. Let me think about this a bit longer.
Minister Duran: Summit Peak is defensible. If we make our stand there, the renegades won't be able to overcome us.
Talk quest choice tango.png You're right. Defending a stable point is the best idea.
Leads to Minister's Defense
Talk more option tango.png Tell me more about your plan.
It's simple really. There are clear routes into Summit Peak, so we should be able to stop any assault.
Talk quest choice tango.png That sounds like the Vigil way! I'm all for it.
Leads to Minister's Defense
Talk end option tango.png I'm not sure I agree. Let me think about this.
Talk end option tango.png I'm not sure I agree. Let me think about this.

If assault is chosen:

Ambassador Steelcrusher: We'll head for the Renegade's Camp, and attack with all the force we can muster. Good Choice, Recruit.

If defense is chosen:

Minister Duran: Excellent. Set up the defenses. I'll try to remember what my old swordmaster, Bongo, taught me.

Talking to your allies after a choice is made:

Sergeant Eilye Jeyne: I'm still annoyed that the Vigil was sent to babysit me. But considering the odds, maybe it's good that you were here.
Ferocity Without us, you'd have been a smear on the ground! Show some gratitude.
Fine...I'm grateful. Better?
Talk end option tango.png Yes, and you're welcome for the assist.
Charisma It was my pleasure to offer you my protection.
I still think I could have handled things on my own, but...thanks very much.
Talk end option tango.png You're very welcome.
Talk end option tango.png It was for the best, Corporal[sic]. I'm glad you see that now.
Warmaster Forgal Kernsson: I'm glad we were here. No insult to Sergeant Jeyne, but she could never have handled this alone.
Talk end option tango.png I agree. I'm glad the Vigil took an interest.
Ambassador Steelcrusher: It's good that you Vigil came along. The Ebon Vanguard is powerful, but they weren't prepared for this ambush.
Talk more option tango.png Prepared or not, they were sincere in their desire to keep you safe, Ambassador.
That's true, and the gesture is meaningful. I shouldn't discount that. Thank you, <Character name>.
Talk end option tango.png You're welcome, sir.
Talk end option tango.png Glad we could help, sir.
Minister Duran: I'm grateful for your protection, <Character name>. We owe a great debt to you and Warmaster Forgal.
Talk more option tango.png How are the treaty negotiations going?
I'm heartened by Ambassador Steelcrush's[sic] attitude. I really think we can find compromises that help both of our people.
Talk end option tango.png Good to hear that.
Talk end option tango.png It was our honor, Minister. These negotiations are critical to the safety of Tyria. The Vigil knows that.

Talking with other allies:

Pugio Swifttooth: Welcome, soldier of the Vigil.
Talk more option tango.png Who are you?
I'm Pugio. Soldier of the Ash Legion. Bodyguard to Ambassador Steelcrusher.
Talk more option tango.png Ash Legion? I thought Steelcrusher was Iron Legion.
Yes, but the three great legions know that peace with the humans is the best choice. We're working together to that end.
Talk more option tango.png But not all charr believe in peace.
No, sadly, and they threaten the peace talks here. No harm will come to the ambassadors, I assure you.
Talk end option tango.png I hope not.
Talk end option tango.png Interesting.
Talk end option tango.png Nice to meet you.
Talk end option tango.png Thanks. Take care.

My story[edit]

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We managed to locate and defend the minister and the ambassador, thus saving them from assassination. Ajax won't be stopped so easily, though. We'll have to make a plan to take him out—for good.

My story