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This solo task begins with Praetor Lutgardis (click for map image), just north of the dock in the Combine Dredge.
Pre-Requisites for Requesting:
- Minimum Level 95
Note: Be polite while addressing Praetor Lutgardis...
Say "I accept, sir" to request the task.
You say, 'Hail, Praetor Lutgardis'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'That is no way to speak to your recruiting officer! Stand at attention and address me as sir or, if you must, ma'am!'
You say, 'OK, sir'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'Is that all? I know you were trained better than that! Say it right, or I'll assume you are invaders masquerading as recruits. You aren't invaders, are you?'
You say, 'Hail, Sir Praetor Lutgardis'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'I have a [task] for you. You will, of course, accept it unless you have other [orders].'
You say, 'What task?'
Praetor Lutgardis glares at you as if expecting something.
You say, 'What task, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'I need you to rescue some soldiers captured by the regrua. Will you [accept] this task?'
You say, 'I might have other orders here, sir'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'That is very odd. Recruits should not have orders. Go. Leave me be if you aren't going to accept my [task].'
You say, 'I accept sir'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'I have added the task to your journal. I suggest you ask me for more [information], but if you like, you can just move on.'
You have been assigned the task 'Doomscale Captives'.
As new recruits to the Doomscale army, Praetor Lutgardis has a test for you. Free a Doomscale that the regrua have captured. While there are many captured, probably intended for food, she only expects you to free one. She will use other recruits and soldiers to free the others. Kill regrua and their crab pets on the way there and the way back.
You say, 'What other information do you have, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'That shows you have some intelligence, recruit. The task is fairly simple. Go west to the ruined [mining platform]. Once there, infiltrate it. Free one of the [captives] trapped there and give him a bundle of [gear]. When the captive has their gear, he or she will activate a [teleporter] within the bundle to escape. Additionally, on your way there, when you free the captive, and when you return, kill regrua and their crab pets to reduce their numbers. I must also advise that you avoid the other Doomscale along the way. Since you're out of [uniform], they will not recognize you. Finally, if you're interested, I can give you some [history] on this conflict with the regrua.'
You say, 'What about the mining platform, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'The Combine use them as places to refine the materials they mine, and generate geomantic power to distribute around the island. This platform is to the west.'
You say, 'And what of the teleporters, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'I'll not give you a teleporter for you to use. Our supplies aren't infinite. The captive will be weak from food deprivation at the hands of the regrua. You may be weary from combatup to that point, but consider this as a test of your skills and endurance. You must return on your own.'
You say, 'What about the uniform, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'Even if you wear something that resembles our uniforms, our soldiers will not recognize you. Their general orders are to attack strangers, and that you are.'
You say, 'What is some history here, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'While the Combine were excavating on the west side of this accursed rock, a giant squid assaulted the island along with a group of regrua. The squid set to work dismantling the platform with its worming tentacles while the regrua stormed in, catching the unsuspecting Combine and Doomscale completely by surprise. A quick-thinking Combine [geomancer] [stopped] the squid's rampage, but despite the death of the squid, the regrua [continue] their assault.'
You say, 'Who was the Combine geomancer, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'The Combine geomancers were already at this island, mining for [resources], when we came and claimed it for Mistress Lanys T'Vyl. The silly geomancers thought they could destroy us, but it was easy to kill all but one of them for the Mistress's pleasure. With his information, we were able to come to an 'agreement' with Calix. The geomancers are now appropriate subjects of the Mistress, and work to find what she is [seeking].'
You say, 'Stopped its rampage, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'Yes. One of their [geomancer] casters raised and shaped a spire of rock to pierce the squid, killing it nearly instantly. In its death throes it did destroy the ramp between levels on the mining platform.'
You say, 'Why do the regrua continue this, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'We aren't clear on their motivations, but they continue their assault. For each one we kill, another rises from the sea.'
You say, 'What resources were they mining for, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'What do I care what they were mining before we came and liberated them? Now they are [seeking] for the Mistress and that is good enough.'
You say, 'What is she seeking, sir?'
Praetor Lutgardis says 'You are recruits! Why are you asking questions like that? Are you a spy?'
Get behind the regrua combat lines 0/1 (Combine Dredge)
Task Window Says: Move behind the southward enemy lines. The other Doomscale will not recognize you as Doomscale and may attempt to kill you, so avoid them in whatever manner you deem best.
This is a location update around /loc 545, 780, -55 (a good distance due west / northwest of Praetor Lutgardis, towards the coast).
Kill 7 Regrua 0/7 (Combine Dredge)
Kill 7 Crabs 0/6 (Combine Dredge)
Move into the building destroyed by the squid 0/1 (Combine Dredge)
Explore update around /loc 650, 980, 40.
Kill 2 regrua guarding the captives 0/2 (Combine Dredge)
Kill 2 crabs guarding the captives 0/2 (Combine Dredge)
Free the captive 0/1 (Combine Dredge)
Destroy the targetable object "a cage".
Deliver the arms bundle to the captives 0/1 (Combine Dredge)
Hand in the Doomscale Arms and Armor Bundle to the mobs inside the cages (they /con KOS, but will not attack).
Kill 7 Regrua 0/7 (Combine Dredge)
Kill 6 Crabs 0/6 (Combine Dredge)
Report your status to Praetor Lutgardis 0/1 (Combine Dredge)
Hail, Praetor Lutgardis Sir
Praetor Lutgardis says, 'Very good. Now that you've proven yourself, I have credible intelligence that you aren't recruits for the Doomscale army. For now, I'll let you [live].'
You say, 'live sir'
Your task 'Doomscale Captives' has been updated.
Praetor Lutgardis thanks you for your assistance, but since you aren't Doomscale recruits, she suggests you make yourself scarce.
187 platinum, 5 gold
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