Unexpected Visitors

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Unexpected Visitors

Unexpected Visitors is first part of the personal story for norn characters who have blacked out in a recent moot. After misplacing a charr vehicle during a recent ale moot, the character is conscripted into a charr warband until the lost vehicle can be recovered.


Eir needs some help dealing with a situation at her home.

  • Talk to Eir at her homestead.

Join up with the Gear Warband as they move north.

  • Meet the warband near Taigan Groves.
  • Escort the charr caravan.
  • Defend the engineers while they repair the bridge.
  • Talk to Ballista Geargrind.


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Enter the Stonewright's Steading and listen to the cinematic between Eir and the charr. After blacking out in the company of a charr warband, you took their tank for a drive, and unfortunately nobody can remember where you left it. Under Whitebear's orders you are to resolve the situation by helping the charr recover the tank.

Head out to the Taigan Groves and enter the next instance by the waypoint. After the cinematic continue up the road with the dolyaks and the warband, defending them from Skelk. Sons of Svanir bring the bridge down before you can cross it - engineers rebuild it while you defend. The onslaught culminates after the two Veteran foes have been defeated. Continue unhampered to the Lionguard haven. Here, you learn that you were spotted the previous night heading further north with the tank.



Stonewright's Steading[edit]


Taigan Groves[edit]





Stonewright's Steading[edit]

Entering Stonewright's Steading:

Mangonel Gearstrip: Look who finally sobered up. Glad to see you can still stand.
Mangonel Gearstrip waves at <character name>.

Speaking with Mangonel Gearstrip:

Mangonel Gearstrip: Hey, Slayer! Remember me? Your drinking buddy, Mangonel! I don't remember much of that night, but from what I do, we had us a mighty good time.
Talk more option tango.png I'll have to take your word for it. I don't remember you or the moot at all.
I'm not surprised. You were drinking from a keg in each hand while balancing another on your head. You just punched a hole in it and let it flow down your face.
Ferocity That sounds like me. Someday I'll show you how to drink like that. It's all in the stance.
See, That's what I look for in a drinking buddy: someone who can teach me new techniques.
Talk end option tango.png And that's why our races get along so well.
Charisma Look, I may have been drunk, but I'm never that drunk. You've got the wrong norn.
Come on, you big liar. I recognize your face, your voice, and your scent. It was you.
Talk end option tango.png All right, I admit it: it's possible you remember better than I do.
Dignity It's rude to disagree with a guest. I'll just take your word for it.
I'm not just your guest, I'm your drinking buddy. And believe me, we went drinking, buddy.
Talk end option tango.png That does sound like me.
Talk end option tango.png Sorry, soldier. That night's a complete blank.

Approaching Eir and Ballista Geargrind:

Eir Stegalkin: You are honored guests in Hoelbrak, but you can't threaten me in my own home.
Ballista Geargrind: No? Well, that's how I work when I'm short on time. Now let's talk to this slayer of yours.

Talking to Eir (cinematic):

Eir Stegalkin: We've got trouble, Slayer. Knut Whitebear wants me to handle it...peacefully. This legionnaire says she's here to collect on a debt you owe her warband.
<Character name>: What? That's crazy. I've never seen them before.
Mangonel Gearstrip: Boss, the norn was too drunk to remember, just like me. Look, friend, you and me took the warband's chugger out for a spin after the moot.
Ballista Geargrind: And neither of you drunken, joy-riding idiots remember where you parked my ordnance. So, Slayer, it's only fair that I take you until I get it back.
Ballista Geargrind: Congratulations, you're officially press-ganged into the Gear warband auxiliary. Your behind is mine until we recover the Iron Legion's property.
<Character name>: I'm no soldier, but a debt is a debt. Honor demands I repay it. What's my first duty?
Ballista Geargrind: Escorting a supply caravan. Meet us on the road near Tiagan Groves. And don't make me come looking for you again. Dismissed!

Speaking to Eir:

Eir Stegalkin: Ah, Slayer. That's not an easy vehicle to lose! Just remember to thank Knut Whitebear. He kept Geargrind from getting violent.
Talk more option tango.png I suppose I should thank him for that. Why did he get involved, anway?
When an angry char warband shows up in Hoelbrak, Knut gets involved. We're lucky Geargrind respects him, or you'd be fighting for your life against your former drinking buddies.
Ferocity Hey, if they still want to fight, I'll be happy to oblige them.
There's no need. You can repay your debt and keep the peace here in Hoelbrak by fighting alongside the Gear warband.
Talk end option tango.png If that [sic] what it takes, I'm ready.
Charisma Well, I'm ready to make good on my debt. That should smooth things over.
That's the spirit. No sense in starting a fight when you could go on an adventure instead. Especially when you're on the wrong side of a debt.
Talk end option tango.png You can assure Knut that I will correct my mistakes.
Dignity And that should only happen at the moot, not after. Was Knut mad?
Not really. He's already got three skaalds working on "The Ballad of the Wayward War Machine" for the next moot.
Talk end option tango.png As long as you can drink to it, I'll sing along. See you later.
Talk end option tango.png Tell Knut I'll make it up to him.
Talk more option tango.png I thought Knut Whitebear would have more important concerns.
He does, but everything that happens in Hoelbrak is his responsibility. He and his whole family keeps it running. In many ways, the Whitebears are Hoelbrak.
Talk end option tango.png I know. Don't worry. I'll take care of it.
Talk end option tango.png I'll remember. Thank you, too. This is my mess, so I'll clean it up.

Speaking to Ballista Geargrind:

Ballista Geargrind: Don't get me wrong, I like a little mischief at a moot. But when you mess with Iron Legion machinery, that's when I get mean.
Charisma Well, We don't want that. Let's get your machine back.
Talk is cheap. Let's see what you can do.
Talk end option tango.png Let's go.
Ferocity Meaner than you are now? I don't want to see that.
No, you don't. Now fall in and get ready to work off your debt.
Talk end option tango.png I'll work as hard as it takes, and then some.
Dignity I can understand why. I look forward to redeeming my error.
That makes two of us. Now fall in! We've got work to do.
Talk end option tango.png I won't rest until we find your machine.

Speaking to Mangonel Gearstrip:

Mangonel Gearstrip: I'll meet you in Taigan Groves. We'll set it right.
Talk end option tango.png Sounds good.

Taigan Groves[edit]

Approaching the warband:

Ballista Geargrind: Fall in, Slayer! You're not one of my soldiers, but by Smodur's guns, you'll act like one!
Mangonel Gearstrip waves at <character name>.

Talking to Ballista Geargrind (cinematic):

Ballista Geargrind: All right, form up! Sons of Svanir have been hitting this road all month, but not today. Today, this caravan reaches its destination intact.
Mangonel Gearstrip: Hey, Slayer? Any luck remembering where we took it? I remember driving through snow, trying to spell "JORMAG EATS DUNG!" That was your idea.
<Character name>: I'm still drawing a blank. I vaguely remember doing swan dives off the cannon into the lake...
Ballista Geargrind: Quiet in the ranks! You two lushes better be ready to roll when the caravan arrives.
Ballista Geargrind: If the centurion finds out my warband is without a vehicle, my neck will be on the chopping block along with yours. Now shape up and get ready to move out.

Accompanying the caravan:

Mangonel Gearstrip: After this, we have to find that chugger, or Geargrind will strangle me with my own tail.

At the bridge:

Mangonel Gearstrip: Look alive! Svanir!
Ballista Geargrind: Listen up, Gears! You lot, stay on bridge repair. The rest of you keep the cargo safe!

Fighting the Svanir while defending the engineers:

Mangonel Gearstrip: Come on! We don't need a chugger for these icy beggers! We can mangle them ourselves!

Talking to Ballista Geargrind upon arriving at Twinspur Haven (cinematic):

Lionguard: Welcome back, Legionnaire. It's good to see the Gear warband again. But what's a norn doing with your warband? Did someone lose a bet?
Ballista Geargrind: Watch your tongue, Lionguard, or I'll tear it out. The Slayer here is attached to my warband for the time being. Is that a problem?
Lionguard: Sorry, I didn't mean to insult your warband. So, Slayer...didn't I see you swinging from the cannon of a charr vehicle last time you were here?
Lionguard: You were headed north, toward Crossroads Haven, right? I heard you shouting, "I don't take insults from a tree! Have at you, leafy!"
Mangonel Gearstrip: I remember that! Stupid tree.
<Character name>: We've got a lead, Geargrind. Next stop: Crossroads Haven.
Ballista Geargrind: Understood. Give us some time to restock and get organized. We'll meet you there.

Speaking to your allies after finishing the mission:

Ballista Geargrind: Don't wait for us. We'll meet you at Crossroads Haven as soon as we're finished here. And stay away from strong drink—you still have a debt to settle.
Talk end option tango.png All right. I'll see you there.
Mangonel Gearstrip: I hope this lead pans out. I don't like being on Geargrind's bad side. It's not healthy.
Talk end option tango.png Only one way to find out. I'll see you there.
Lionguard: Someday I'll buy you a drink, and you can teach me the end of that filthy song you were singing. I've just got to find out what you rhymed with "Halrunting."
Talk end option tango.png I don't actually know, myself. But if I find out, I'll be sure to tell you.

My story[edit]

Unexpected Visitors.jpg

The Gear Warband is missing their chugger attack vehicle. Since I share blame for losing it, I've agreed to serve as a temporary auxiliary and repay the loss. My first duty as a soldier is to join their caravan escort detail.

As temporary auxiliary member of the Gear warband, I helped defend a charr caravan bound for Twinspur Haven. We also got a lead on the missing chugger: it was last seen heading for Crossroads Haven, so that's the next stop.

My story