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- At the Bannock, you learn that Ixali activity has been steadily increasing since the appearance of an as-yet-unknown individual in the Twelveswood. Suspecting a connection, Galfrid bids you investigate Lifemend Stump to the northeast.
- Arriving at Lifemend Stump, you are met with a baffling sight: a sword has been thrust into the stump, and an Ixal lies dead nearby. Yet the mystery does not end there. Who were those two strange characters, and what was the scene that unfolded inside your mind's eye? The sword may well be a clue...
- You have removed the sword from Lifemend Stump. Take it back to the Bannock and show it to Galfrid.
- It turns out that the Hyuran lass and Lalafellin lad you encountered are friends of Gridania. Named Yda and Papalymo, respectively, the pair are scholars who are assisting the Gods' Quiver and the Wood Wailers. That revelation aside, your efforts have helped shed some light on the Ixal's recent activities. Galfrid expresses his gratitude, and asks that you continue to labor in service of Gridania and her citizens.
|Head to Lifemend Stump and investigate the Magicked Blade to instigate a cutscene, followed by a battle. At the start of the fight you will face three Frenzied Elms, but as the fight goes on there will be waves of Frenzied Oaks and Frenzied Bulbs that join the battle.
Stick close to the Pugilist and Thaumaturge, as they can easily tank the entire fight. The Thaumaturge will even cure you and cast area of effect spells. Follow their advice to stick close, and the battle will be quickly over.
Afterwards, pull the sword from the stump and return to Galfrid for your reward.