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{{Quote|Not the Gandalf who was responsible for so many quiet lads and lasses going off into the blue for mad adventures? Anything from climbing trees to visiting elves—or sailing in ships, sailing to other shores! Bless me, life used to be quite inter—I mean, you used to upset things badly in these parts once upon a time.|Bilbo Baggins about Gandalf the Grey, ''The Hobbit'', An Unexpected Party}}
 
{{Quote|Not the Gandalf who was responsible for so many quiet lads and lasses going off into the blue for mad adventures? Anything from climbing trees to visiting elves—or sailing in ships, sailing to other shores! Bless me, life used to be quite inter—I mean, you used to upset things badly in these parts once upon a time.|Bilbo Baggins about Gandalf the Grey, ''The Hobbit'', An Unexpected Party}}
   
'''Mini-quests''' are tasks given by [[:Category:NPC|NPCs]] for players to complete. They were added in {{Update|20}} and changed in {{Update|29}}. Mini-quests are started by speaking to friendly NPCs.
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'''Mini-quests''' are tasks given by [[:Category:NPC|NPCs]] for players to complete. They were added in {{Update|20}} and changed in {{Update|29}}. Mini-quests are started by speaking to friendly NPCs.
   
 
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{{Grid/Crafting Table|left|Output=Red Book|Output-image=RedBook.png
 
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|A2=Book|B2=Rose Red|B2-image=RoseRed.png|B2-link=Dyes|C2=Gold Nugget}}
To keep track of your quests, it is recommended that you use the [[Red Book]], as it records the details of all your currently active mini-quests. If you spawned in a single-player world, you will find a Red Book in the [[Ring Portal|starter chest]], but it can also be crafted, so don't worry about not finding it in multiplayer.
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To keep track of your quests, it is recommended that you use the [[Red Book]], as it records the details of all your currently active mini-quests. Before {{update|35}} it was found in the [[Ring Portal|starter chest]], now it is given to the player by the [[Grey Wanderer]]. It can also be crafted (see recipe to the left), so don't worry about not finding it.
 
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The nature of the quest can consist of any number of tasks, from killing a certain number of enemy units to simply getting a [[Dwarf]] a few raw porkchops so the family can enjoy supper.
 
The nature of the quest can consist of any number of tasks, from killing a certain number of enemy units to simply getting a [[Dwarf]] a few raw porkchops so the family can enjoy supper.
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Note, that the possiblilty to give out quests in general and bounty quests in particular can be disabled using the [[configuration]] file.
 
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== Active quests ==
 
== Active quests ==
 
[[File:RedBookIcon.png|thumb|250px|[[Red Book]] icon above a [[Hobbit]].]]
 
[[File:RedBookIcon.png|thumb|250px|[[Red Book]] icon above a [[Hobbit]].]]
You can only have one quest active for an NPC at once, but a single NPC can have multiple quests for different players at once. After completing their quest, you may be offered another. There is also a limit of five active quests per faction. You can, however, remove active quests by cancelling them in the [[Red Book]]. If you would exceed the limit, the NPC will tell you in a polite manner, instead of the quest panel popping up.
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You can only have one quest active for an NPC at once, but a single NPC can have multiple quests for different players at once. After completing their quest, you may be offered another. There is also a limit of five active quests per faction. You can, however, remove active quests by cancelling them in the [[Red Book]]. If you would exceed the limit, the NPC will tell you in a polite manner (unless if it's an Orc, of course), instead of the quest panel popping up.
   
 
All active quests are recorded and updated in the [[Red Book]].
 
All active quests are recorded and updated in the [[Red Book]].
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== Completing a quest ==
 
== Completing a quest ==
 
[[File:Mini_Quest_Alignment.png|thumb|left|350px|A reward for a quest – in this case, it was Rohan [[alignment]]]]
 
[[File:Mini_Quest_Alignment.png|thumb|left|350px|A reward for a quest – in this case, it was Rohan [[alignment]]]]
Once you have done your deed, return to the NPC who offered you the quest (making a [[Waypoints|custom waypoint]] near them can help with this). They will take the items you gathered for them (if applicable) and give you some reward in return – most often [[alignment]] with their faction, the exact amount depending, of course, on how difficult the quest was to complete and since {{Update|29}} also on the mood of the quest-giver. As of {{Update|20.1}}, [[Silver Coin|silver coins]] and [[achievements]] are also awarded. Since {{Update|29}} you might also get a [[pouch]], since {{Update|30}} [[:Category:Armour|armour pieces]] or [[Rohan Shieldmaiden|loyalty]] as well.
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Once you have done your deed, return to the NPC who offered you the quest (making a [[Waypoints|custom waypoint]] near them can help with this). They will take the items you gathered for them (if applicable) and give you some reward in return – most often [[alignment]] with their faction, the exact amount depending, of course, on how difficult the quest was to complete and since {{Update|29}} also on the mood of the quest-giver. As of {{Update|20.1}}, [[Silver Coin|silver coins]] and [[achievements]] are also awarded. Since {{Update|29}} you might also get a [[pouch]], since {{Update|30}} [[:Category:Armour|armour pieces]] or [[Rohan Shieldmaiden|loyalty]] as well, and since {{Update|33.4}} there is also a chance to receive [[Lore Texts|Lore Books]] from completing mini-quests
   
You can speak to the NPC before completing the quest. They will urge you to complete the quest and may give a reminder of what the quest requirements are. If it is a ‘collect’ quest (see below), they will take the items you have currently gathered from your inventory (but not out of your [[Pouch|pouches]]) and the quest will be updated in the [[Red Book]]. A progress bar (see below) will be shown in the top left corner of you screen.
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You can speak to the NPC before completing the quest. They will urge you to complete the quest and may give a reminder of what the quest requirements are. If it is a ‘collect’ quest (see below), they will take the items you have currently gathered from your inventory (but not out of your [[pouch]]es) and the quest will be updated in the [[Red Book]]. A quest-tracker (see below) will be shown in the top left corner of you screen, if this feature is enabled via the [[configuration]] file.
   
A notable feature about questing is that it allows you to get alignment without killing units. This is especially useful for [[Pacifism|pacifists]] and the [[Hobbit]] faction before the player feels ready to leave [[the Shire]]. In fact, questing is now the only way to get Hobbit alignment besides killing [[Huorn|dark huorns]].
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A notable feature about questing is that it allows you to get alignment without killing units. This is especially useful for [[Pacifism|pacifists]] and the [[Hobbit]] faction before the player feels ready to leave [[the Shire]].
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'''Note''', that it is not possible to turn in quests, while the quest-giver is [[Alcoholicity|drunk]]. Either wait until the person gets sober again, or give up the quest via the [[Red Book]].
   
 
== Mini-quest types ==
 
== Mini-quest types ==
Currently, there are two main types of mini-quest in the mod, each of which has several hundred quest possibilities.
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Currently, there are four main types of mini-quest in the mod, each of which has multiple quest possibilities (except for the tutorial).
   
 
=== ''''Collect' quests''' ===
 
=== ''''Collect' quests''' ===
[[file:Progress Bar.png|thumb|248px|The progress bar shows how many items were already delivered. In this case one of three [[Berry Pie|pies]] were already given to the [[Hobbit]].]]
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[[file:Progress Bar.png|thumb|248px|The quest-tracker shows how many items were already delivered. In this case one of three [[Berry Pie|pies]] were already given to the [[Hobbit]].]]
 
These require you to collect a certain amount of a specific item and bring it to the NPC. Said items can be obtained through any method, including crafting, looting, or drops from enemies. The amount of items the NPC requests is randomly chosen for each quest.
 
These require you to collect a certain amount of a specific item and bring it to the NPC. Said items can be obtained through any method, including crafting, looting, or drops from enemies. The amount of items the NPC requests is randomly chosen for each quest.
   
 
These quests can range from forging items for an NPC to prove your standing among their people, to collecting enemy drops as a token of strength, to bringing a Hobbit food for his uncle's birthday party, and much more.
 
These quests can range from forging items for an NPC to prove your standing among their people, to collecting enemy drops as a token of strength, to bringing a Hobbit food for his uncle's birthday party, and much more.
   
A progress bar in the top left corner of your screen informs you about how many items were demanded and how many were already delivered. You can switch it off or to another quest, using the [[Red Book]].
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Since {{update|33.4}}, Quest-givers of collect quests now check the player's held item before other inventory items
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A quest-tracker in the top left corner of your screen informs you about how many items were demanded and how many were already delivered. You can switch it off or to another quest, using the [[Red Book]].
   
 
=== ''''Kill' quests''' ===
 
=== ''''Kill' quests''' ===
These types of quests require you to kill a certain number of enemies, either of a certain [[Factions|faction]], or a specific type (e.g. [[Troll]]s). As with other quests, in order to complete the quest, you must return and speak to the NPC after having slain all the enemies.
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These types of quests require you to kill a certain number of enemies, either of a certain [[Factions|faction]], or a specific type (e.g. [[troll]]s). As with other quests, in order to complete the quest, you must return and speak to the NPC after having slain all the enemies.
   
These quests most often require you to kill enemies of the NPC who is giving the quest. For example, a [[Rohirrim|Man of Rohan]] may ask you to slay a certain amount of [[Uruk-hai]] or [[Dunlending]]s, but will never ask you to kill [[Mirkwood Spider]]s. When you don't mind getting negative alignment with factions, and you want a lot of alignment with the faction you play as, this is the easiest way. Because: you get alignment for every enemy you kill already, but ontop of that you also get +1 when doing a quest which can, with the right quests give you 150+ alignment.
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These quests most often require you to kill enemies of the NPC who is giving the quest. For example, a [[Rohirrim|Man of Rohan]] may ask you to slay a certain amount of [[Uruk-hai]] or [[Dunlending]]s, but will never ask you to kill [[Mirkwood Spider]]s. When you don't mind getting negative [[alignment]] with factions, and you want a lot of alignment with the [[faction]] you play as, this is the easiest way. Because: you get alignment for every enemy you kill already, but ontop of that you also get +1 when doing a quest which can, with the right quests give you 150+ alignment.
   
 
Somehow a special case of this type is a quest given out by a [[Rohan Shieldmaiden|Shieldmaiden of Rohan]], which was added in {{update|30}}. The reward for it is recruiting the maiden, instead of only her gratitude.
 
Somehow a special case of this type is a quest given out by a [[Rohan Shieldmaiden|Shieldmaiden of Rohan]], which was added in {{update|30}}. The reward for it is recruiting the maiden, instead of only her gratitude.
   
 
=== ''''Bounty' quests''' ===
 
=== ''''Bounty' quests''' ===
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{{Quote|And for four years he was an outlaw in the land of his fathers, grim and solitary; and his name was feared, for he went often abroad, and slew many of the Easterlings that he came upon. Then they set a great price upon his head; but they did not dare to come to his hiding-place, even with strength of men, for they feared the Elven-folk, and shunned the caves where they had dwelt.|Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin|Unfinished Tales}}As of {{update|33}}, a new type of mini-quest has been added: bounty quests. These quests, given out by NPCs, send you in a dangerous mission to kill another player. Perform the deed and return to your quest giver to receive your reward.
As of {{update|33}}, a new type of mini-quest has been added: bounty quests. These quests, given out by NPCs, send you in a dangerous mission to kill another player. Perform the deed and return to your quest giver to receive your reward.
 
   
 
'''How the bounty system works:''' When a player kills too many NPCs, near or inside a faction's Sphere of Influence, they will be put in a 'Wanted' state by the said faction for a time. Then, quest givers from that faction will start handing out quests to kill the Wanted player. There's no time limit to kill the player with a bounty on its head, but beware, for if another bounty hunter claims the kill first for the faction, you will fail the quest. (If the target player is killed under normal circumstances - or killed for ''another'' faction's bounty quest - your quest won't be affected.)
 
'''How the bounty system works:''' When a player kills too many NPCs, near or inside a faction's Sphere of Influence, they will be put in a 'Wanted' state by the said faction for a time. Then, quest givers from that faction will start handing out quests to kill the Wanted player. There's no time limit to kill the player with a bounty on its head, but beware, for if another bounty hunter claims the kill first for the faction, you will fail the quest. (If the target player is killed under normal circumstances - or killed for ''another'' faction's bounty quest - your quest won't be affected.)
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However, if a targeted player manages to kill a player who is hunting them, the target player will instead gain alignment with their highest faction, and the hunter will lose some with the faction who handed out the quest. This also causes the hunting player to fail their quest.
 
However, if a targeted player manages to kill a player who is hunting them, the target player will instead gain alignment with their highest faction, and the hunter will lose some with the faction who handed out the quest. This also causes the hunting player to fail their quest.
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=== ''''Special' quests''' ===
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Since {{update|35}} a tutorial is included into the mod, driven by the [[Grey Wanderer]] and described on his page.
   
 
==List of achievements gained from questing==
 
==List of achievements gained from questing==
Below are a list of the current achievements that can be awarded when a player completes a mini-quest for a certain faction:
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Below are a list of the current [[achievements]] that can be awarded when a player completes mini-quests mainly for a certain [[faction]]:
* '''Blood Pact:''' Complete a [[Dunland]] mini-quest
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* '''Blood Pact:''' Complete a {{faction|Dunland}} mini-quest
* '''Deeds of Dale:''' Complete a [[Dale]] mini-quest
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* '''Deeds of Dale:''' Complete a {{faction|Dale}} mini-quest
* '''Desert Wanderer:''' Complete a [[Near Harad|Southron]] mini-quest
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* '''Desert Wanderer:''' Complete a {{faction|Near Harad|Southron}} mini-quest
* '''Errand Scout:''' Complete a [[Ranger of the North|Ranger]] mini-quest
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* '''Errand Scout:''' Complete a {{faction|Dúnedain of the North|Ranger}} mini-quest
* '''Esquire of Rohan:''' Complete a [[Rohan]] mini-quest
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* '''Fair and Free:''' Complete a {{faction|High Elves|Lindon}} mini-quest
* '''Fair and Free:''' Complete a [[Lindon Elf|High Elves]] mini-quest
 
* '''Fell Deeds Awake:''' Complete an [[Uruk-hai]] mini-quest
 
* '''Forest-Man:''' Complete a [[Tauredain]] mini-quest
 
* '''Friend of the Lady:''' Complete a [[Galadhrim Elf|Galadhrim]] mini-quest
 
* '''Friend of the Vintners:''' Complete a [[Dorwinion]] mini-quest
 
* '''Hand of Sauron:''' Complete a [[Mordor]] mini-quest
 
* '''In Aid of Gondor:''' Complete a [[Gondor]] mini-quest
 
* '''Kin of Durin:''' Complete a [[Dwarf|Durin's Folk]] mini-quest
 
* '''Local Shirriff:''' Complete a [[Hobbit]] mini-quest
 
* '''No Living Man am I!:''' Earn the service of a [[Rohan Shieldmaiden|Shieldmaiden of Rohan]]
 
* '''Rites of Passage:''' Complete a [[Moredain]] mini-quest
 
* '''Scavenging Filth:''' Complete a [[Gundabad Orc|Gundabad]] mini-quest
 
* '''Servant of Evil:''' Complete an [[Angmar]] mini-quest
 
* '''Spider Spawn:''' Complete a [[Dol Guldur]] mini-quest
 
* '''Trollish Tasks:''' Complete a [[Half-troll]] mini-quest
 
* '''Trust of the Elves:''' Complete a [[Wood-Elf|Wood-elf]] mini-quest
 
* '''Welcoming Halls:''' Complete a [[Blue Mountains]] mini-quest
 
* '''Friend of Rhûn''' Complete a [[Rhúdel]] mini-quest
 
* '''Friend of Rivendell''' Complete a [[Rivendell]] mini-quest
 
 
* '''Fearsome''' Complete a player hunting mini-quest
 
* '''Fearsome''' Complete a player hunting mini-quest
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* '''Fell Deeds Awake:''' Complete an {{faction|Isengard|Uruk-hai}} mini-quest
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* '''Friend of Rhûn''' Complete a {{faction|Rhúdel}} mini-quest
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* '''Friend of Rivendell''' Complete a {{faction|High Elves|Rivendell}} mini-quest
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* '''Friend of the Forest:''' Complete a {{faction|Taurethrim}} mini-quest
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* '''Friend of the Lady:''' Complete a {{faction|Lothlórien|Galadhrim}} mini-quest
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* '''Friend of the Mark:''' Complete a {{faction|Rohan}} mini-quest
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* '''Friend of the Vintners:''' Complete a {{faction|Dorwinion}} mini-quest
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* '''Hand of Sauron:''' Complete a {{faction|Mordor}} mini-quest
 
* '''Headhunter''' Complete five player hunting mini-quests
 
* '''Headhunter''' Complete five player hunting mini-quests
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* '''In Aid of Gondor:''' Complete a {{faction|Gondor}} mini-quest
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* '''Kin of Durin:''' Complete a {{faction|Durin's Folk}} mini-quest
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* '''Local Shirriff:''' Complete a {{faction|Hobbits}} mini-quest
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* '''Looking for an Adventure:''' Complete the [[Grey Wanderer]]'s mini-quest
 
* '''Not This Day!''' Kill a player who is hunting you for a mini-quest
 
* '''Not This Day!''' Kill a player who is hunting you for a mini-quest
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* '''No Living Man am I!:''' Earn the service of a [[Rohan Shieldmaiden|Shieldmaiden of Rohan]]
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* '''Rites of Passage:''' Complete a {{faction|Morwaith}} mini-quest
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* '''Scavenging Filth:''' Complete a {{faction|Gundabad}} mini-quest
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* '''Servant of Evil:''' Complete an {{faction|Angmar}} mini-quest
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* '''Spider Spawn:''' Complete a {{faction|Dol Guldur}} mini-quest
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* '''They Had it Coming:''' Complete a {{faction|Gondor}} mini-quest in pursuit of [[Gondorian Renegade]]s
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* '''Trollish Tasks:''' Complete a {{faction|Half-trolls}} mini-quest
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* '''Trust of the Elves:''' Complete a {{faction|Woodland Realm|Wood-elf}} mini-quest
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* '''Welcoming Halls:''' Complete a {{faction|Blue Mountains}} mini-quest
   
 
==Optimal questing==
 
==Optimal questing==
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===Focus and quest completion strategy===
 
===Focus and quest completion strategy===
 
Now on to some tricks to get maximum quest rewards, in a limited number of time, for the two main quest types:
 
Now on to some tricks to get maximum quest rewards, in a limited number of time, for the two main quest types:
* For '''collect quests''': Get a good idea on what types of materials must be collected to please the faction you wish to befriend. Make notes and go out to collect as much units of material you can get. Base your farming, lumberjacking, mining, herb collecting or whatever appropriate strategy on this objective. Name a pouch appropriately (like '''Galadhrim allegiance bag''') and stuff it with the materials you wish to share with that faction. Take the appropriate [[:Category:Crafting Tables|crafting table]] with you, to be able to craft the demanded items directly in front of the quest giver. Then start acquiring assignments in the way described above. Note that the harder to collect items, the higher the reward.
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* For '''collect quests''': Get a good idea on what types of materials must be collected to please the faction you wish to befriend. Make notes and go out to collect as much units of material you can get. Base your farming, lumberjacking, mining, herb collecting or whatever appropriate strategy on this objective. Name a pouch appropriately (like '''Galadhrim allegiance bag''') and stuff it with the materials you wish to share with that faction. Take the appropriate {{CT|C}} with you, to be able to craft the demanded items directly in front of the quest giver. Then start acquiring assignments in the way described above. Note that the harder to collect items, the higher the reward.
 
* For '''kill quests''': Get a clear notion of which foes you need to eliminate to please the faction you want to befriend. Decide which foe you wish to fight, on behalf of your friends. Acquire quest assignments using the tips and tricks mentioned above. Plan your PvE strategy and go get them! Don't forget to take your [[Red Book]] with you on your campaign. Keep in mind that kills from hired NPCs don't add to your credits. Return safely after you have completed all quests. Get maximum rewards! As shown in the example below, the rewards of killing dozens of foes can amount up to 3-5 times the single value alignment points and coins per killed foe per faction that wanted them eliminated! Note that '''one''' kill may count for '''several''' quests (same faction or different) at once.
 
* For '''kill quests''': Get a clear notion of which foes you need to eliminate to please the faction you want to befriend. Decide which foe you wish to fight, on behalf of your friends. Acquire quest assignments using the tips and tricks mentioned above. Plan your PvE strategy and go get them! Don't forget to take your [[Red Book]] with you on your campaign. Keep in mind that kills from hired NPCs don't add to your credits. Return safely after you have completed all quests. Get maximum rewards! As shown in the example below, the rewards of killing dozens of foes can amount up to 3-5 times the single value alignment points and coins per killed foe per faction that wanted them eliminated! Note that '''one''' kill may count for '''several''' quests (same faction or different) at once.
Note that the nasty habit of [[Skirmish|skirmishing]] between [[Orc]]s does not interfere with either of the above 2 methods. Since {{Update|23.3}}, [[Orc]]s involved in active quests are exempt from [[skirmish]]es with their 'friends', but can still be killed by enemies, accidents and other players on [[servers]].
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Note that the nasty habit of [[skirmish]]ing between [[Orc]]s does not interfere with either of the above 2 methods. Since {{Update|23.3}}, [[Orc]]s involved in active quests are exempt from [[skirmish]]es with their 'friends', but can still be killed by enemies, accidents and other players on [[servers]].
   
 
===Example for kill quest optimization===
 
===Example for kill quest optimization===

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Not the Gandalf who was responsible for so many quiet lads and lasses going off into the blue for mad adventures? Anything from climbing trees to visiting elves—or sailing in ships, sailing to other shores! Bless me, life used to be quite inter—I mean, you used to upset things badly in these parts once upon a time.

–Bilbo Baggins about Gandalf the Grey, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party


Mini-quests are tasks given by NPCs for players to complete. They were added in Public Beta 20 and changed in Public Beta 29. Mini-quests are started by speaking to friendly NPCs.

vanilla crafting recipe
Crafting
Book
Rose Red
Gold Nugget
Red Book

To keep track of your quests, it is recommended that you use the Red Book, as it records the details of all your currently active mini-quests. Before Update 35 it was found in the starter chest, now it is given to the player by the Grey Wanderer. It can also be crafted (see recipe to the left), so don't worry about not finding it.

Starting a questEdit

QuestPanel

Quest panel describing the task.

Since Public Beta 29 possible quests are indicated by a faction-related coloured exclamation mark hovering above a NPC's head. When you right-click the NPC, a panel pops up on the screen that gives you the choice to either accept or decline the quest (provided that you haven't already reached your quest limit). It also provides a description of the quest. Pressing the ‘Decline’ button will not result in any penalties.

The nature of the quest can consist of any number of tasks, from killing a certain number of enemy units to simply getting a Dwarf a few raw porkchops so the family can enjoy supper.

Note, that the possiblilty to give out quests in general and bounty quests in particular can be disabled using the configuration file.

Active quests Edit

RedBookIcon

Red Book icon above a Hobbit.

You can only have one quest active for an NPC at once, but a single NPC can have multiple quests for different players at once. After completing their quest, you may be offered another. There is also a limit of five active quests per faction. You can, however, remove active quests by cancelling them in the Red Book. If you would exceed the limit, the NPC will tell you in a polite manner (unless if it's an Orc, of course), instead of the quest panel popping up.

All active quests are recorded and updated in the Red Book.

Any NPC who you are currently questing for will not despawn. They have a Red Book icon floating above their heads, making them easier to relocate. These icons are also shown in the world map. If the NPC somehow dies before the quest is complete, this will be written in the Red Book, and the quest will become invalidated, waiting for you to remove it.

Completing a quest Edit

Mini Quest Alignment

A reward for a quest – in this case, it was Rohan alignment

Once you have done your deed, return to the NPC who offered you the quest (making a custom waypoint near them can help with this). They will take the items you gathered for them (if applicable) and give you some reward in return – most often alignment with their faction, the exact amount depending, of course, on how difficult the quest was to complete and since Public Beta 29 also on the mood of the quest-giver. As of Public Beta 20.1silver coins and achievements are also awarded. Since Public Beta 29 you might also get a pouch, since Public Beta 30 armour pieces or loyalty as well, and since Public Beta 33.4 there is also a chance to receive Lore Books from completing mini-quests

You can speak to the NPC before completing the quest. They will urge you to complete the quest and may give a reminder of what the quest requirements are. If it is a ‘collect’ quest (see below), they will take the items you have currently gathered from your inventory (but not out of your pouches) and the quest will be updated in the Red Book. A quest-tracker (see below) will be shown in the top left corner of you screen, if this feature is enabled via the configuration file.

A notable feature about questing is that it allows you to get alignment without killing units. This is especially useful for pacifists and the Hobbit faction before the player feels ready to leave the Shire.

Note, that it is not possible to turn in quests, while the quest-giver is drunk. Either wait until the person gets sober again, or give up the quest via the Red Book.

Mini-quest types Edit

Currently, there are four main types of mini-quest in the mod, each of which has multiple quest possibilities (except for the tutorial).

'Collect' quests Edit

Progress Bar

The quest-tracker shows how many items were already delivered. In this case one of three pies were already given to the Hobbit.

These require you to collect a certain amount of a specific item and bring it to the NPC. Said items can be obtained through any method, including crafting, looting, or drops from enemies. The amount of items the NPC requests is randomly chosen for each quest.

These quests can range from forging items for an NPC to prove your standing among their people, to collecting enemy drops as a token of strength, to bringing a Hobbit food for his uncle's birthday party, and much more.

Since Public Beta 33.4, Quest-givers of collect quests now check the player's held item before other inventory items

A quest-tracker in the top left corner of your screen informs you about how many items were demanded and how many were already delivered. You can switch it off or to another quest, using the Red Book.

'Kill' quests Edit

These types of quests require you to kill a certain number of enemies, either of a certain faction, or a specific type (e.g. trolls). As with other quests, in order to complete the quest, you must return and speak to the NPC after having slain all the enemies.

These quests most often require you to kill enemies of the NPC who is giving the quest. For example, a Man of Rohan may ask you to slay a certain amount of Uruk-hai or Dunlendings, but will never ask you to kill Mirkwood Spiders. When you don't mind getting negative alignment with factions, and you want a lot of alignment with the faction you play as, this is the easiest way. Because: you get alignment for every enemy you kill already, but ontop of that you also get +1 when doing a quest which can, with the right quests give you 150+ alignment.

Somehow a special case of this type is a quest given out by a Shieldmaiden of Rohan, which was added in Public Beta 30. The reward for it is recruiting the maiden, instead of only her gratitude.

'Bounty' quests Edit

And for four years he was an outlaw in the land of his fathers, grim and solitary; and his name was feared, for he went often abroad, and slew many of the Easterlings that he came upon. Then they set a great price upon his head; but they did not dare to come to his hiding-place, even with strength of men, for they feared the Elven-folk, and shunned the caves where they had dwelt.

–Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin, Unfinished Tales

As of Public Beta 33, a new type of mini-quest has been added: bounty quests. These quests, given out by NPCs, send you in a dangerous mission to kill another player. Perform the deed and return to your quest giver to receive your reward.

How the bounty system works: When a player kills too many NPCs, near or inside a faction's Sphere of Influence, they will be put in a 'Wanted' state by the said faction for a time. Then, quest givers from that faction will start handing out quests to kill the Wanted player. There's no time limit to kill the player with a bounty on its head, but beware, for if another bounty hunter claims the kill first for the faction, you will fail the quest. (If the target player is killed under normal circumstances - or killed for another faction's bounty quest - your quest won't be affected.)

This quest, based on its dangerous and unpredictable nature, offers a great reward in coins and alignment; the amount is calculated based on the number of NPCs killed by the Wanted player.

Completing a bounty quest once awards the player with the "Fearsome" title, and completing 5 bounty quests awards the player with another title, "Headhunter", and a Headhunter's Trophy, a special weapon augmentation item.

If killed by a bounty hunter for a quest, you will lose a considerable amount of alignment for the faction you currently have highest alignment with.

However, if a targeted player manages to kill a player who is hunting them, the target player will instead gain alignment with their highest faction, and the hunter will lose some with the faction who handed out the quest. This also causes the hunting player to fail their quest.

'Special' quests Edit

Since Update 35 a tutorial is included into the mod, driven by the Grey Wanderer and described on his page.

List of achievements gained from questingEdit

Below are a list of the current achievements that can be awarded when a player completes mini-quests mainly for a certain faction:

  • Blood Pact: Complete a Dunland mini-quest
  • Deeds of Dale: Complete a Dale mini-quest
  • Desert Wanderer: Complete a Southron mini-quest
  • Errand Scout: Complete a Ranger mini-quest
  • Fair and Free: Complete a Lindon mini-quest
  • Fearsome Complete a player hunting mini-quest
  • Fell Deeds Awake: Complete an Uruk-hai mini-quest
  • Friend of Rhûn Complete a Rhúdel mini-quest
  • Friend of Rivendell Complete a Rivendell mini-quest
  • Friend of the Forest: Complete a Taurethrim mini-quest
  • Friend of the Lady: Complete a Galadhrim mini-quest
  • Friend of the Mark: Complete a Rohan mini-quest
  • Friend of the Vintners: Complete a Dorwinion mini-quest
  • Hand of Sauron: Complete a Mordor mini-quest
  • Headhunter Complete five player hunting mini-quests
  • In Aid of Gondor: Complete a Gondor mini-quest
  • Kin of Durin: Complete a Durin's Folk mini-quest
  • Local Shirriff: Complete a Hobbits mini-quest
  • Looking for an Adventure: Complete the Grey Wanderer's mini-quest
  • Not This Day! Kill a player who is hunting you for a mini-quest
  • No Living Man am I!: Earn the service of a Shieldmaiden of Rohan
  • Rites of Passage: Complete a Morwaith mini-quest
  • Scavenging Filth: Complete a Gundabad mini-quest
  • Servant of Evil: Complete an Angmar mini-quest
  • Spider Spawn: Complete a Dol Guldur mini-quest
  • They Had it Coming: Complete a Gondor mini-quest in pursuit of Gondorian Renegades
  • Trollish Tasks: Complete a Half-trolls mini-quest
  • Trust of the Elves: Complete a Wood-elf mini-quest
  • Welcoming Halls: Complete a Blue Mountains mini-quest

Optimal questingEdit

This section explains how to optimally profit from quest rewards. Of course, we all hope this will encourage players to optimally enjoy the immersive aspects of the Mod. (... and not encourage the cowardous, lazy and oh-so-un-lotr-mod ways of '(trap-)grinding' ...)

Acquire quest assignmentsEdit

Here are a number of tips and tricks on how to optimally acquire quest assignments:

  • Stay in one area with a maximum concentration of NPCs of the faction(s) you want to befriend, to get a maximum number of NPCs to spawn.
  • Decide on what type of quest assignments you wish to get: 'collect' or 'kill' and focus on one of them.
  • When acquiring quest assignments, go in an area with many NPCs and then walk/run around (can be mounted) and each time right-click another NPC with an exclamation mark, until you get a satisfactory assignment.
  • Set a waypoint in an area where you acquired a maximum amount of quests for a faction. Return to finish 5 quests at once and only leave after you acquired 5 new useful quest assignments.
  • Consider multiple faction 'quest typicals' for deciding on which type of quests to focus. Some factions have comparable desires.

Focus and quest completion strategyEdit

Now on to some tricks to get maximum quest rewards, in a limited number of time, for the two main quest types:

  • For collect quests: Get a good idea on what types of materials must be collected to please the faction you wish to befriend. Make notes and go out to collect as much units of material you can get. Base your farming, lumberjacking, mining, herb collecting or whatever appropriate strategy on this objective. Name a pouch appropriately (like Galadhrim allegiance bag) and stuff it with the materials you wish to share with that faction. Take the appropriate crafting table with you, to be able to craft the demanded items directly in front of the quest giver. Then start acquiring assignments in the way described above. Note that the harder to collect items, the higher the reward.
  • For kill quests: Get a clear notion of which foes you need to eliminate to please the faction you want to befriend. Decide which foe you wish to fight, on behalf of your friends. Acquire quest assignments using the tips and tricks mentioned above. Plan your PvE strategy and go get them! Don't forget to take your Red Book with you on your campaign. Keep in mind that kills from hired NPCs don't add to your credits. Return safely after you have completed all quests. Get maximum rewards! As shown in the example below, the rewards of killing dozens of foes can amount up to 3-5 times the single value alignment points and coins per killed foe per faction that wanted them eliminated! Note that one kill may count for several quests (same faction or different) at once.

Note that the nasty habit of skirmishing between Orcs does not interfere with either of the above 2 methods. Since Public Beta 23.3, Orcs involved in active quests are exempt from skirmishes with their 'friends', but can still be killed by enemies, accidents and other players on servers.

Example for kill quest optimizationEdit

This example shows how optimally acquiring quests and focus on a single type of kill quests can get you maximum rewards for each 'Kill that filthy enemy!' assignment.

TriviaEdit

  • Before Public Beta 29 you could just talk to any NPC who you were friendly or neutral with. When you were lucky, they would give out a different quest every 4 seconds. If not, you talked to the same NPC several times until you got a quest from them.
  • Before Public Beta 31.1, quest givers didn't take renamed items or items that "belonged to" someone else before, even when it was the item they requested.
Gameplay mechanics of the Lord of the Rings Mod
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