Strange things are afoot in Middle-earth, lately. Starting with a Strongly-Worded Letter from one Bungo Grubb of Oatbarton, a scavenger hunt of sorts has begun.
Deciding to investigate further, I set out for Oatbarton to see this suspicious stone Mr. Grubb spoke of appearing in his fields. Upon arriving at the field in question, just to the east of Oatbarton in the southern reaches of Evendim, I immediately had a sense of dread. I carefully approached the strange looking stone and began to inspect it. Just as I suspected, it was more than just a prank by another farmer jealous of his pipe-weed crop. Although I wouldn’t tell Mr. Grubb that. He’s not likely to believe you.
Inspecting the stone itself grants a level 20 quest that requires you to talk to Bungo Grubb. He tells you his thoughts on the matter and at this point you open up a deed that instructs you to find 4 more of these relics in other, undisclosed locations of Middle-earth. Note: This deed is tied to having access to the quest packs for the zones the Mysterious Relics are found in.
Successfully completing this deed will grant you the title “Calm Before the Storm”. Note: Although the first quest for the deed is level 20, not all the locations are accessible to players below level 60.
Based on the fact that 4 of the 5 relics seem to be near places that could easily be made into instance doors, I imagine we may be seeing something very interesting in these locations in the near future. We’ve heard talk of new instances coming in the first quarter of this year, so I’d guess that this is pointing toward that.
For a more thoughts on the matter regarding how it fits into the lore, I’d suggest visiting Roll one hundred’s post about the Mysterious Relics deed. I’m very excited about this development and can’t wait to see where it leads!
At this point, I’d advise that anyone not wanting to have the process of discovering these relics spoiled look away now. In other words:
There we go. Now, are you sure you want to know? This is your last chance to look away…
Still here? Alright, here are the locations for all of the Mysterious Relics:
- Oatbarton, Evendim (23.6S, 66.7W)
- William Peake’s Farm, North Downs (10.9S, 50.4W)
- Ironspan, Forochel (16.9N, 59.5W)
- Laenan Caves, Trollshaws (Entrance is at 24.8S, 17.7W. The relic is all the way in the back of the caves.)
- Serpent Halls, Enedwaith (67.2S, 8.3W)
After finding the Mysterious Relic in the Laenan Caves, you will be asked to investigate a door nearby and then speak to Elrond in Rivendell about it. After you’ve found all five relics, you’ll be directed to speak to Barliman Butterbur in Bree.