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A Trial Before the Trial

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 65   A Trial Before the Trial
Quest

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
Hien: The Azim Steppe - Onsal Hakair - Mol Iloh (x:31.2, y:12)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: The Dawn Throne

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071201.png65The Heart of NationsMainquest1 Icon.png The Heart of Nations (Level 65)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 65)

Journal detail hr1 03.png Rewards

105,000
Experience Points

890
Gil
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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Hien is ready to become a warrior of the Steppe.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
  • Speak with Lyse.
  • Speak with Lyse.
  • Survey your surroundings. 0/3
  • Speak with Hien.
  • Survey your surroundings. 0/3
  • Speak with Hien.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071201.png65In the Footsteps of Bardam the BraveMainquest1 Icon.png In the Footsteps of Bardam the Brave (Level 65)

Journal detail hr1 07.png NPCs Involved
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HienCirinaLyseGosetsu
 
Journal detail hr1 08.png Objects Involved
Destination
 

  • Hien is ready to become a warrior of the Steppe.

Now then, Cirina, if you would tell us of the trial we must undertake that we might participate in the Naadam.

Ah, yes! As I mentioned before, to be recognized as warriors of the Steppe, one must follow in the footsteps of the legendary warrior Bardam.


He embarked on a great pilgrimage, eschewing cart and horse, and walked for many malms until he came to a holy place, thereafter named Bardam's Mettle. There, at the altar, as he did, you must pray.


The altar lies deep within the breeding grounds of the yol. To complete your trial, you must tame one. Only then will your trial be complete.
Fair enough. And where is the entrance to Bardam's Mettle?

You must journey far, far to the west─beyond Chakha Zoh, where lie the bones of a great and wise woman.


Beyond the ruins of Ceol Aen, hidden within the mountains is a narrow pass. Follow it, and you will come to Bardam's Mettle.
Sounds to me like it'll be a trial just getting to the trial...

More than you may know. On the eve of the Naadam, many strive to improve their fortunes─some by abducting and enslaving the warriors of other tribes.


Be ever mindful of your surroundings, lest you be taken as well.

Hah! What grim expressions you wear while nodding so powerfully! Warriors such as you are not like to fall en route to a mere rite of passage.


We shall proceed with all due caution, yes, but let us not worry overmuch.


We will overcome this trial, and the next, and the next, until we stand triumphant. That is all there is to it, no?


With me, my friends! To the west! To Bardam's Mettle!

W-Wait, Hien! Oh dear. I knew I would forget.


Here─take these whistles. Once tamed, your yol will hearken to their call.

Thanks. We'll try them out once we've finished the trial.


Let's catch up to Hien and Gosetsu!
Quest Accepted
Was the food to your liking? Good, good...
<yawn> That was just what I needed!
A new beginning lies beyond the horizon. We have but to seize it with our own two hands.

We still have a long way to go, but I think I can see that monument Cirina talked about.


I don't see Hien or Gosetsu, though. We should hurry!
It is indeed a perilous journey, but I know you will succeed─as I once did.
It is indeed a perilous journey, but I know you will succeed─as I once did.
It is indeed a perilous journey, but I know you will succeed─as I once did.

Hey...I don't know about you, but I can't shake the feeling someone's watching us.


Cirina did warn us about tribes that kidnap warriors and make them fight for them. Something tells me we're about to meet them...
It is indeed a perilous journey, but I know you will succeed─as I once did.
They're wearing yellow. I've seen their clothes somewhere before...
Is that the best you can do!? Come, villains! Come at me!
It is indeed a perilous journey, but I know you will succeed─as I once did.

Ah, there you are. As you can see, they left us little choice.


I gather you were forced to dispatch a few yourself? So it goes. A few less warriors to face in the Naadam, eh?


Ceol Aen is not much further. That said, I should be surprised if our would-be masters do not try to subdue us one final time...
It is indeed a perilous journey, but I know you will succeed─as I once did.

Right. This must be the pass that leads to Bardam's Mettle.


Perhaps you do not hail from these lands, but your forefathers did. You do them honor to carry on their legacy this day.


They say no foreigners have overcome this trial, but, well, there is a first time for everything, no?
Quest Completed
<huff> <puff> This is it! The real trial!
Tread softly. We are for hallowed ground, and the kami are restless...
It is indeed a perilous journey, but I know you will succeed─as I once did.
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