Now that you’ve made it back to Fornburg in one piece, take some time to interact with the locals, sell loot to the merchant, engage in a drinking game with Tekla, and speak with Alvis for a round of Flyting to earn +1 Charisma.
Speak with Gunnar
The only mandatory thing you need to do for this quest is speak with Gunnar to sharpen Varin’s Axe and reinforce the handle. Gunnar will also mention that you can return to him at any time with ingots to enhance your equipment. When prompted, select Varin’s Axe and enhance it to a Superior Bearded Axe, then exit the menu to continue the conversation. Before you leave, be sure to ask Gunnar how he’s doing for an amusing dialogue.
Help the Locals
You’ll notice that when speaking with Randvi, the king is not yet ready to be seen. At this point you could choose to complete A Seer’s Solace and then return to Randvi to progress with the main story, but you’d be missing out on some side objectives. To find them, you should speak with more people in Fornburg. In particular, you’ll notice four teal icons pointing to specific people. These are also shown on your map. They include:
- Norse Man
- Norse Woman
Note: There is no mention of these side objectives in the quest log. The only indication that they’re available comes from the teal icons, and paying attention to what each person says when you speak with them.
You’ll find Tove at the southwest corner of the settlement, waiting by the archery range. As you approach Tove she’ll ask you to teach her a thing or two about archery. Oblige her by stepping up to the platform, and take some arrows from the nearby iron container if you need to. When ready, shoot all the targets in the range, including two mannequins on the ground, two fire pots on the ground, three pots on the ledge beneath the frozen waterfall, and two more mannequins above those. Once all the targets have been hit, Tove will thank you for the demonstration and offer a new tattoo schematic which can be viewed at the tattoo shop in Fornburg, which is owned by Svend.
Now that you’ve earned the new tattoo schematic, visit Svend - the tattoo artist - to view it. You’ll find Svend outside his shop just east of the central longhouse. You can apply new tattoo schematics to almost any part of your body, and you can also change your hair style and color by speaking with Svend.
When you’re done with Svend, head back to the longhouse to the west, out side of which you’ll find the Norse Man sat on the ground, just west of Randvi. Speak with him to play the minigame of Orlog, the rules for which are described by him. It doesn’t really matter if you win or lose, just that you’ve had a go.
Finally, you’ll find the Norse Woman, who is a hunter, standing outside a triangular building northeast of the longhouse. Speak with her to ask for advice on where to hunt. She’ll ask you to bring her three sets of reindeer antlers in exchange for the knowledge. This sounds like a simple enough task, right? Well, unless you’re stupendously lucky, you can expect to spend at least an hour searching for these antlers. Naturally, you’ll find them only on stags, and these can be found with other deer in the woodland to the west of Fornburg. You’ll want to use any cover that you can find here; the deer are extremely skittish, and difficult to hit on the run.
Tip: Cloudberry bushes provide excellent cover for you to wait from within, but keep in mind that when you pull the bowstring, Eivor will rise slightly, revealing their location to the deer. You’ll need to be quick with firing once you’ve identified a target.
Not all reindeer stags that you encounter will provide antlers, so you’ll likely need to kill more than three reindeer before you get what you need. If you’re having trouble finding the reindeer, use Sýnin to identify any in the surrounding area. If you kill all the deer in the small woodland area to the east of Fornburg and still need more reindeer antlers, try hunting in the larger woods to the west. However, you’ll need to be careful in these woods; they contain wolves, bears, and boars which have the potential to overpower you before there’s any time to react.
Complete ‘A Seer’s Solace’
With all of the above optional objectives covered, the last thing you’ll need to do is complete A Seer’s Solace by visiting Valka to the northwest of Fornburg. After that, return to Randvi outside the longhouse in Fornburg to complete the quest.