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Midsummer: July 25th - August 6th
The midpoint of summer is a time of feasting and love, marked by dalliances, betrothals, and (traditionally) good weather. In Waterdeep, the Open Lord publicly reaffirms the rule of the hidden Lords via the Shieldmeet (sixteen of them assemble in a public event, masked). This year the Open Lord, Laerel Silverhand, seems to have disappeared just days before the festivities are set to begin...
The Missing Lord The Missing Lord
Search for the absent Open Lord of Waterdeep.
Area Goal Quests & Cinematics
1 Kill 25 Monsters
Celeste ava
Celeste: "The days leading up to Midsummer have a special feel to them. It's a rare sensation of hope and peace that seems like it can counter any darkness."
Vanessa ava
Vanessa: "I feel it as a reflection of love. I am so glad to have made the journey north, that I might spend time with my beloved Birdsong for a while."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Ain't much fer peace or love, meself. But I confess, I don't mind a day off from time ta time. 'Tis nice ta just relax and enjoy tha company o' friends."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Ah, no. When you talk like that, my quest sense starts clanging like a fire alarm..."
The road to Waterdeep is packed with folk heading to the city for Midsummer and Shieldmeet -- and also swarming with rabbits! Clear these critters out before they get stepped on.
2 Kill 25 Monsters Giant frogs wandering out from the nearby marshes are a potential threat to travelers. Drive these croakers back!
3 Destroy Log Barricades
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "These frogs aren't letting up!"
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "There be somethin' supernatural about this. Like they're wantin' ta tell us somethin'."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Or it could just be that they're hemmed in by those fallen logs up ahead."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "No, I remember an old tale me gran told. We need ta be kissin' these frogs ta see if one o' 'em's truly a polymorphed princess o' tha mountain realm!"
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "...."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "..."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Right. I guess I be doin' it meself."
Windstorms have dropped fallen trees across the road. If you don't clear these barricades, the frogs will have travelers surrounded!
4 Kill 25 Monsters Axe beaks are straying far too close to the road. Scatter them back into the forest.
5 Kill Axe Beak Alpha The axe beak alpha seems intent on claiming this territory for its pack. Convince this creature to relocate!
6 Kill 25 Monsters
Vanessa ava
Vanessa: "I am fascinated by all the traditions of Midsummer. Your celebrations here in the northlands are so different than in Chult."
Celeste ava
Celeste: "Indeed. But it's the day after Midsummer that I find more intriguing, and you might as well. Shieldmeet in Waterdeep is something special. The Open Lord of the city reaffirms the rule of the Masked Lords in a public event. It's truly a momentous day."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "And it looks like we're not the only ones heading in to see it. Though I have a feeling that mob ahead is less interested in the political spectacle..."
Bandits slinking toward the city have only mischief and crime on their minds. Send them packing!
7 Kill 25 Monsters The bandits have an isolated farmstead under siege!
8 Collect 25 Bandit Masks Masks let these bandits practice their villainy in secret. Perhaps exposing their identities will break their resolve.
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Looks like this lot were taking their lead from the Masked Lords. Keep your identity hidden to keep your crimes under wraps."
Celeste ava
Celeste: "Jarlaxle! The Lords of Waterdeep are the ones who protect the city from this sort of riffraff."
Calliope ava
Calliope: "The Lords of Waterdeep are the ones who let the crimes of select riffraff be occluded under cover of darkness. Or perhaps I see a different side to Waterdeep than you do..."
9 Kill 25 Monsters A wagon destroyed on its way to the city is being picked clean by another bandit band. End this villainy!
10 Kill Bandit Ranger
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "We've got these bandits on the defensive, finally. Drive them back!"
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "I can see tha leader o' this mob lookin' ta rile up tha troops. Oi! Time fer ye and yer mates ta cut yer losses -- or me axe will be cuttin' somethin' else!"
The ranger who leads these brigands will answer for their crimes!
11 Kill 25 Monsters The city is alive with a sense of celebration! And with giant rats looking to join in on the fun!
12 Kill 25 Monsters The rats seem intent on challenging you for control of these streets. Make your stand!
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "Returning to the city is never boring, I'll give it that."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "And I have a feeling it's about to get even worse. My quest sense is kicking in again."
CityWatchOfficer ava
City Watch Officer: "Champions! Thank goodness I've found you. The Blackstaff knew you were traveling to the city, and has requested an immediate audience."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "And there it is."
Calliope ava
Calliope: "Never any rest fer them seekin' it, it seems. Best we make fer Blackstaff Tower at double march."
13 Kill 25 Monsters Clear away the awakened guardians guarding Blackstaff Tower!
14 Collect 25 Rusted Daggers
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "What's going on here? What could have gotten those animated guardians so riled up?"
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "I think I know. Look sharp!"
A band of low-end thieves has broken in to pilfer the riches of the tower's entrance halls. Seize their weapons to limit their offense!
15 Kill Shifty Bandit Thief The shifty bandit who leads these thieves has them whipped into a fighting frenzy. Take them out!
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "That's tha last o' them out tha front door. I expect the Blackstaff must o' heard this ruckus by now."
VajraBlackstaff ava
Vajra Blackstaff: "Indeed, champions, and you have my thanks for dealing with the intrusion. I'm afraid that group took advantage of my... preoccupation with other events. Laeral Silverhand has disappeared. Whether it's foul play or just some private business, I don't know -- but if she's not present for Shieldmeet, I fear the city will be plunged into chaos."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "I think you mean 'deeper into chaos...'?"
Calliope ava
Calliope: "Shut it, drow. Whatever you need help dealing with, Blackstaff, Force Grey and its associates will see it done."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Wait, I don't want to be an associate. When did we become associates? Was there a meeting I missed?"
Calliope ava
Calliope: "No time fer talkin', elf. We got a Lord o' Waterdeep ta find!"
16 Kill 25 Monsters
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Tha Lady Silverhand's place looks quiet 'nuff from tha outside. No sign o' fightin' or other foul play."
Celeste ava
Celeste: "No. But look here. It's some sort of commemorative token of the Midsummer celebrations. And there's another. But this seems an odd place to find them..."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "We have more immediate concerns, I think. Look out!"
These Midsummer tokens might be a clue to Laeral Silverhand's disappearance. But an unexpected crowd of sprites seems intent on hindering your search!
17 Kill 25 Monsters
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "What are these sprites doing here? Have they kidnapped Lady Silverhand?"
PixieLeader ava
Pixie Leader: "Foolish mortals. 'Twas us who brought a message to the lord, that hastened her toward the door. With word from the fey, she flew on her way!"
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Oi, I knew ye, pixie -- and I remember tha trouble ye've caused in tha city before. Ye'll be givin' us that message fer posterity -- and ta keep me from servin' that rabbit ye ride as a Midsummer night appetizer!"
PixieLeader ava
Pixie Leader: "Threats and bluster! You'll get no message from us, sir. A dour and unfriendly dwarf, he'll learn that... that... Wait, what rhymes with 'dwarf'? Confound this Common tongue!"
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "'Nuff o' this guff. Get these varmints!"
Sprites and pixies are swarming the Open Lord's offices! Clear these fey out!
18 Collect 25 Missorted Books Pixies are trashing Laeral Silverhand's valuable tomes! Teach them some respect!
19 Kill 25 Monsters The pixies have taken offense to your lesson in library etiquette! Whoops!
20 Kill Rabbit Riding Pixie Leader This pixie leader craves chaos. Time to impose some order on it and its minions!
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "You've lost this fight, pixie! I command you to stand down and tell us what we want to know!"
PixieLeader ava
Pixie Leader: "Confound you all and your standing tall! This game is no longer fun to play. So I command all fey to run, run away!"
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Blast 'em and all their kind! They're scattered, and we got no sense o' what tha Open Lord is up ta."
Calliope ava
Calliope: "Or perhaps we do. Look, here's another of those Midsummer tokens. If we can find more of them in the city, we might be able to follow their trail to where they came from -- and perhaps deduce where Lady Silverhand has gone."
21 Kill 25 Monsters Zhentarim spies are out in force during the Midsummer festivities -- and looking for trouble. Convince them to look for it somewhere else!
22 Kill 25 Monsters These Zhents aren't backing down! Teach them a lesson!
23 Collect 25 Midsummer Tokens
Celeste ava
Celeste: "My locate object spell is doing its job. I can sense more tokens, close by and straight ahead."
Calliope ava
Calliope: "Gather all of them up. They're evidence, one way or another."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Looks like you're not the only one with that thought..."
Following the scattered tokens will let you follow Laeral Silverhand's path through Field Ward -- if these gulls don't grab them first!
24 Kill 25 Monsters
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Them tokens we snatched up is makin' a pretty straight line fer tha Field Ward gates. Come on!"
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "Listen up... is that screaming ahead?"
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "It's Field Ward. If people weren't screaming, I'd find it odd. Except that does seem to be more screaming than usual..."
Crocodile hatchlings are emerging from the sewers and running amok! Get them under control!
25 Kill Master Thief
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Those hatchlings didn't escape on their own. Look! That halfling is opening the sewer grates and enticing them out."
MasterThief ava
Master Thief: "Yes, yes... come forth my little ones. Put these folk into a panic, and Shifty Saradac will slip into their homes while they're out, yes he will."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Oi, thief! Can't say I ain't got me own share o' bad habits, but confessin' yer crimes while talkin' ta yerself is somethin' ye might wanna work on. Once we're done with ye, o' course..."
Show this master thief that his plans to disrupt Midsummer are done!
26 Collect 25 Midsummer Tokens
Celeste ava
Celeste: "More tokens. And all conveniently spaced for us to follow them."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "And for Lady Silverhand to follow them before us. No wonder she's missing -- without a party as large as ours, it would take a tenday to follow this trail."
Celeste ava
Celeste: "But she left it for us to follow in turn rather than gathering the tokens up. I suspect the Open Lord isn't in danger, or she would have asked for help... but did she suspect she might need help from someone else?"
The trail of tokens leads you out of Waterdeep -- but a rowdy wolf pack is in your way!
27 Kill 25 Monsters
Calliope ava
Calliope: "Stay sharp in these woods. Especially following this token trail, it's the perfect place for a freaking ambush."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Ye got good instincts, lass. I can see somethin' movin' ahead. Elf, what do yer eyes make out?"
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Humanoids. A large group, it looks like... and... oh, lovely. What's the opposite of feeling homesick, exactly?"
The mystery deepens! Drow infest the forest, but what exactly are they up to?
28 Kill 25 Monsters Another wave of drow cultists presses in! Drive them back!
29 Kill 25 Monsters
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Them drow ain't gettin' any thinner on tha ground. We need a rallyin' point."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "There's a building ahead. Looks like an inn. Except we're not the only ones looking to stop by..."
A drow force along the road means to keep you from reaching the inn! Push past!
30 Kill Drow Library Overseer
Celeste ava
Celeste: "Look there, just next to the inn door! Someone's hung a Midsummer token. This is our destination."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "And not just us. Them drow are in ambush positions all around. Take 'em out, and quick!"
The drow raiding party has the inn surrounded. Time to end this!
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Oi, elf! Help me figure out which o' these surrendered drow is tha leader type."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "You want to look for the one hiding behind the largest number of other surrendered drow. Her, I'd say."
DrowLibraryOverseer ava
Drow Library Overseer: "Curse you and all your line, exile scum."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "That's 'Mr. Exile Scum' to you. But why don't you tell us why you're here, and I'll do what I can to convince my friends to let you crawl back to your homes."
DrowLibraryOverseer ava
Drow Library Overseer: "We had intelligence of a target visiting this place. A wizard who my mistress has old business with. This ambush was for him."
Calliope ava
Calliope: "Wait... through the window there. I thought I saw... Well, my word. Let them go, Jarlaxle. And make sure they understand that if not for our timely intervention, their ambush would have gone badly."
31 Kill 25 Monsters
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Well, by me gran's tired eyes. Ain't that somethin'..."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "We are well met, friends. I watched your brief engagement with the dark elves through the window. A most memorable entertainment."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Okay, my quest sense is really going off now."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "Show some respect, Jarlaxle. You recognize who this is. Sage of Shadowdale, we are honored by your company. But also, I confess, a bit confused. We were seeking Laeral Silverhand."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Aye, ye were -- and so was I. I was looking to catch up with the young lass over drinks and dinner, so I set her a trail to follow. Just a bit of fun for her. I don't know how much of that she has these days, hemmed in by politics and sycophants and rivals to all sides."
Celeste ava
Celeste: "And she never arrived? That's distressing news."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Nay, not as distressing as all that. She was called away before she could follow my trail, or so a little bird whispered word in my ear just before ye arrived... Ah, but I think the rest of this story might need to wait."
This unexpected meeting is interrupted by an even more unexpected attack. Cursed rats are everywhere!
32 Kill 25 Monsters
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "By me granfa's braided ear hair, these rats is relentless! Where are they comin' from?"
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "The kitchens, by the look of it. Remind me to decline if we're asked to dine later."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Nonsense! The savory pie in this place is to die for. It's all about having a sturdy constitution."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Speaking of which, I can't help but notice you're taking your time joining in on this battle."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Ye're handling yourself majestically, lad. Just let me finish my ale and I'll be right with ye."
These cursed rats aren't giving up! Good thing you've got the most legendary mage in Faerûn sitting around and watching you fight!
33 Collect 25 Rancid Meat
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Ye see, I had spoken with Laeral not long ago, and she had told me of dealings with a bronze dragon near Luskan. Chotyn, her name is. A regal and matronly creature."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Oi! We know that dragon. Had business o' our own with her on Dragondown."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Aye, Laeral told me that tale as well. And the word that's come to me today speaks of rumors from near Luskan that Chotyn is in some manner of trouble. My little birds tell me that Laeral was seen traveling there, wanting to lend aid, no doubt."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Speaking of lending aid, I can't help but notice that your ale's done. So..."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Aye, aye, eager to join in the fray, my boy. Just let me finish these pickled eggs first."
Clear away the rancid meat before the other tavern folk get sick!
34 Kill 25 Monsters
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Look to it, friends. An ill-starred priest just stepped forth on the far side of this fray. To my eye, he's the mastermind behind this trouble."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "A safe bet. And I can't help but notice he's closer to you than to us."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "I'll just be a moment dealing with the last of these tarts. Step lively, lad."
The villain behind this unnatural assault needs to be taught a lesson! But you'll need to get these drunk patrons to safety first!
35 Kill Cursed Cleric The cursed cleric makes a last stand! Fight your way through this crowd to finish him!
Elminster ava
Elminster: "All right. I'm not the force I once was, I confess, but I'll lend ye stalwarts what aid I can... Ah, but it looks as though ye've managed this all on your own. Good on ye."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Sorry, couldn't hear that. Too busy drinking healing potions."
Celeste ava
Celeste: "Elminster, if what you've said of Laeral is true, we could offer her our assistance as well. But I fear we won't reach her in time."
Elminster ava
Elminster: "Aye, and it'll be my pleasure to help ye with a teleportation spell. Gather close, all. We are bound for the northlands!"
36 Kill 25 Monsters
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Never anythin' but an unsettlin' feelin' ta that kind o' magic. But true 'nuff, we're here."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "And I can't help but notice that the old mage teleported himself away after dumping us. He's a marvel of watching other people get into trouble, that one."
Celeste ava
Celeste: "Hush, Jarlaxle. Show some respect."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Better right now to show some steel, I think. Look out!"
A familiar coastal vista opens up before you -- filled with even more familiar creatures reacting badly to your sudden appearance!
37 Kill 25 Monsters The gulls' aerial assault makes getting past the giant crabs that much harder. Fight on!
38 Collect 25 Spider Silk Strands The path to Chotyn's cave along the cliffs is strung with silken spider webs -- which will trap you as easily as they do smaller prey. Tear them down!
39 Kill 25 Monsters
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Oi! Anybody else but me recognize that burnt-hair smell?"
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "Slime-covered gnolls! Like the ones we fought in the dungeon near that cursed farmstead."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "That means their ooze pet ain't likely ta be far away..."
These sizzling gnolls are a deadly vanguard. Look sharp!
40 Kill Gelatinous Cube The deadly ooze that bestowed its power upon the gnolls rears up before you! Finish this fight!
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "That was far more slime than any one fight needs. What I wouldn't give for a sudden rainstorm."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "No time fer talkin' about tha weather. There's Chotyn makin' her way along tha cliff side. Oi there, dragon!"
Chotyn ava
Chotyn: "Adventurers. You are welcome here, and you have my thanks for dealing with those accursed intruders."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "It sounds like you know these gnolls? Is this the threat that Laeral Silverhand came to help you with?"
Chotyn ava
Chotyn: "In a manner of speaking, yes. The gnolls are no threat to me and my children, but they have stolen something from me."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Again? In the name of all the gods of bad planning, dragon, get some security on this hoard of yours! Build a gate, hire a bouncer..."
Chotyn ava
Chotyn: "..."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "I'm sorry, you were saying?"
Chotyn ava
Chotyn: "Laeral Silverhand is farther along the coast track. You will have no trouble finding her."
41 Kill 25 Monsters
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "I can see tracks ahead, still. We're on the right trail."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "A pity you couldn't have held your tongue to avoid insulting a dragon. We might know more about where we're going and what we'll face there."
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Sometimes the truth hurts."
Chotyn's directions lead you true -- but you're not the only group prowling around this night.
42 Kill 25 Monsters Another wave of pixies tries to overwhelm you. Time to send these fey on their way!
43 Collect 25 Berries A final force of fey surrounds you, but another counterattack will alert the gnolls to your presence. Distract them with gifts instead!
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Finally, them fey is runnin'. Gettin' a mite tired o' their shenanigans, and that's tha truth."
LaeralSilverhand ava
Laeral Silverhand: "You'll have to forgive them, my friend. The gnolls invading their territory have put the fair creatures on edge."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "My lady! It is good to see you safe. Chotyn sent us to you -- and another old friend of yours, the sage of Shadowdale himself."
LaeralSilverhand ava
Laeral Silverhand: "My word! It sounds like your journey here was more exciting than mine. The fey brought a message to me from yet another old friend -- Barok Clanghammer. The gnolls stole a valuable gem from Chotyn's lair that Barok had asked her to keep safe for him. I came to get it back."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Oi, we know Barok ourselves. Met him on Wintershield, we did. But excuse me bluster, lady, but there should be no talk o' ye takin' on this gnoll pack by yerself."
Celeste ava
Celeste: "Bruenor is right, Lady Silverhand. You need to appear in the city for Shieldmeet -- and ideally, in good health."
LaeralSilverhand ava
Laeral Silverhand: "As much as I wish I could argue with you, friends, I will take your counsel. It's true, I miss the excitement of my life before. But we'll make quicker work of these monsters together."
44 Kill 25 Monsters Even caught unawares, the gnolls quickly mount a deadly defense!
45 Kill Greater Mimic
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "Look there! The gnolls are protecting that chest. It's a safe bet that's where their valuable loot is stored -- and Clanghammer's gem with it."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "I'm on it! One pile o' fine firewood comin' right up!"
LaeralSilverhand ava
Laeral Silverhand: "Bruenor, look out!"
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Gah! This chest be fightin' back!"
The gnolls don't seem surprised to find this mimic in their midst. What trickery is this?
46 Kill 25 Monsters
LaeralSilverhand ava
Laeral Silverhand: "The pack has us pressed on all sides. It's like that false-chest mimic was an attempt to lure us in."
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Aye. Almost like they know ye would come fer tha gem when tha message was sent. I got a wary feelin' about all this."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "Keep it in your back pocket for now and focus on the fight!"
The gnolls that fell back quickly close in once more!
47 Kill 25 Monsters This pack has you surrounded! Fight on!
48 Kill 25 Monsters The gnolls howl as more mimics advance! It's a trap!
49 Collect 25 Treasure Chests
Jarlaxle ava
Jarlaxle: "It's a mimic army! All that would-be treasure, trying to kill us! The indignity of it all!"
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Aye, them chests is on tha move. But I see more than a few that ain't movin', and that gives me an idea. Come on!"
The real treasure collected by these gnoll raiders is revealed. Grab it to shake this fight up!
50 Destroy Arvaiss the Red
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "That's a monstrous red or I've been drinkin' from me gran's private stash! Get inta position!"
Arvaiss ava
Arvaiss: "Fools! You have walked into the trap I set. But I see my feast of the Open Lord will be sweetened by these champions! An even sharper blow struck against your precious city. Bow down before Arvaiss, worms! And I may let you bask in my glory a while before your end!"
The reasons for the gnolls' tactics suddenly become clear! Stand fast!
Bruenor ava
Bruenor: "Here's that gem tha lady was lookin' fer, after a fight fer tha ages. That'll be somethin' fer Birdsong ta be singin' about, once we're all rested up a mite."
LaeralSilverhand ava
Laeral Silverhand: "Indeed. Thank you for your assistance, champions."
Nayeli ava
Nayeli: "Our service is our pleasure, my lady. And if I may suggest it, we would be happy to accompany you back to the city, and then to return the gem to Barok Clanghammer."
LaeralSilverhand ava
Laeral Silverhand: "Your company would be most welcome, champions. And if I may say so, I think we should all have a longer conversation with our mutual friend. It seems that dragons are becoming increasingly interested in the activities of Waterdeep. And that gives me great pause..."
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