An Ally for Ishgard

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 60   An Ally for Ishgard
Quest

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
Alphinaud: Foundation - Congregation of Our Knights Most Heavenly (x:13.4, y:11.2)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Foundation → The Forgotten Knight

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071201.png60The Man WithinMainquest1 Icon.png The Man Within (Level 60)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 60)

Journal detail hr1 03.png Rewards

16,740
Experience Points

1,031
Gil
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Peperoncino
Boscaiola
Loaghtan Steak
Apple Strudel
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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Alphinaud is eager to hear what tidings Ser Aymeric has to share.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
  • Speak with Ser Aymeric.
  • Speak with Vidofnir in Anyx Trine.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071201.png60Winning Over the WyrmMainquest1 Icon.png Winning Over the Wyrm (Level 60)

  • Alphinaud is eager to hear what tidings Ser Aymeric has to share.
  • It would seem that Ser Aymeric has a favor to ask. Now that Nidhogg is possessed of both of his eyes, the lord commander believes that there is only one being capable of standing against the vengeful shade─Nidhogg's own brood-brother, Hraesvelgr. As such, he would have you escort him to Zenith, and aid him in convincing the great wyrm to stand with Ishgard. Though Alphinaud harbors understandable doubts as to the wisdom of this course, it is plain that Ser Aymeric will not be swayed. Notify the lord commander when you are ready to depart.
  • Though Ser Aymeric is ready to ascend Sohm Al, he acquiesces to Alphinaud's suggestion that you first visit Vidofnir at Anyx Trine. Travel to the Dravanian forelands, and speak with the wounded dragon.
  • Vidofnir dismisses your concern regarding her injury, but can offer little in the way of hope for your intended audience with her sire. Disheartened but not dissuaded, Ser Aymeric resolves to press on into the Churning Mists.

Hmmm... Might Ser Aymeric perchance have received word of a Dravanian advance?

...Or mayhap they have located Esti─ That is to say, mayhap Nidhogg has been found!


Come! I would hear what the lord commander has to say!
My friends, I thank you for coming.
You have had news of Nidhogg?
Alas, not. Our scouts range far and wide, but they have as yet found no trace of the great wyrm.
We dispatched an elite unit of dragoons to reconnoiter the Churning Mists, but even they returned empty-handed.
A pity...
Fear not, Alphinaud─we shall see the wyrm again soon enough. His words at Falcon's Nest attest to that.
Indeed, he is like to come sooner than we would wish.
I assume Ishgard's defenses are being bolstered as we speak?
With all haste. I mean to call upon every able-bodied warrior at our disposal, from the knights of the four houses to the men and women of the watch.
But I did not summon you to discuss strategy.
What then would you have of us, my lord?
I will speak plain: now that Nidhogg is possessed of both of his eyes, no mortal force we can muster will repel him. That being the case, we must needs recruit an ally of equal strength...
You speak of Hraesvelgr!?
I do. To whom else could we turn?
That he is Nidhogg's equal I do not deny. Nor can I name another. But convincing the reclusive creature to do battle with his own brood-brother will be... How shall I put this?
It will be no small undertaking, yes. Estinien's report was most particular about Hraesvelgr's unwillingness to involve himself in the affairs of men.

But much has changed since your visit to Sohm Al, and if there is even a chance that the dragon may be swayed, I must plead our case. Whatever price the dragon asks of me, I shall pay it─such was my oath to defend the people of Ishgard.


Come what may, my friends, the battle with Nidhogg will mark the end of my tenure as the acting head of church and state. Will you help me discharge this final duty?
We will, my lord─though I fear our involvement offers no guarantee of success.
Come, then─we will depart at your leisure.
Thank you. Both of you.
The city is yours, First Commander.
My lord. We shall pray for your swift return.
I somehow doubt that Hraesvelgr will be pleased to see us. But for Estinien's sake, and that of countless others, I suppose we must risk his displeasure.
It grieves me to impose upon you in this manner, but you of all people understand the threat we now face.
It is no imposition, Ser Aymeric─to Forename and I, Ishgard is as a second home.
After the many battles we have fought and the bonds we have forged, the plight of your nation has become our own. If there is aught that we can do to aid in its salvation, then pray impose all you must.
You are true friends...
Shall we be about our task, then? We have no way of knowing when Nidhogg's shade will strike, but we must assume that time is not our ally.
Indeed. With that in mind, I have taken the liberty of dispatching a messenger to inform Mistress Tataru that you will be escorting me to Sohm Al. I confess, I did not provide the exact details of our destination, as they are as yet unknown to me...
We will summon Hraesvelgr at Zenith in the Churning Mists. Ere we begin our ascent, however, I think it best that we pay a visit to Anyx Trine.
You seek an advantage in the coming negotiations?
I do. I would consult with Vidofnir.
I propose this in part out of concern for her condition. Were she to succumb to her wounds, it could have grave consequences for our alliance. That apart, she may be able to provide insight into her sire's current state of mind.
Well reasoned. To the Dravanian forelands, then.
A nice young knight told me you were off to negotiate with Hraesvelgr again. Have you considered using the Manderville art of parley? It's surprisingly effective, you know!
Ah, 'tis the warrior of warriors and his companions. What bringeth you to mine abode?
Pray forgive us for disturbing your recuperation, Vidofnir. I hope your wound does not pain you overmuch...
Didst thou imagine me close to death? The thrust was deep, but not mortal. I will heal in time.
Full glad am I to hear it. You were the guest of honor at our conference, and we failed in our duty of protection. On behalf of Ishgard, I apologize unreservedly.
...I am a dragon full-grown, and thou thought to protect me, mortal? I was tempered by the fires of battle ere thy great-grandsire learned to crawl.
Thy words do remind me of a knight whom I called friend some thousand years past. He swore to defend me from harm and hardship...
Would that we could return to that era of peace, when man and dragon knew such comradeship.
Would that our every effort to do so were not undone by ancient rancor...
For a truth, there can be no peace while Nidhogg's shade yet lingereth.
That much is plain─yet we lack the strength to banish him. Thus do we make for Sohm Al, to beseech the aid of your sire once more.
Folly. Thou know'st as well as I how he will answer.
...Hraesvelgr's heart remains unchanged, then. A pity.
But if it is folly to hope, I am content to die a fool.
As hath ever been the way with thy kind. Go then, but be warned: the shade's presence hath driven its minions to frenzy.
Thank you, Vidofnir. We shall disturb your rest no longer.
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