This quest begins immediately after Settling Down. Take some time to become familiar with the layout of your new settlement, then speak to Randvi in the longhouse when you’re ready.
Speak with Randvi
Randvi will introduce you to the Alliance Map, which can be used to learn more about neighbouring regions as you consider forming alliances with them. At this point you have two options; ally with Ledecestrescire, or with Grantebridgescire. At this point you can choose either first, but keep in mind that you will eventually be able to pursue both, as they lead into separate questlines. For the purpose of this guide we will begin with Ledecestrescire, which leads into the quest The Sons of Ragnar.
To Serve the Light…
In addition to choosing your first alliance, Randvi will recommend that you build the Hidden Ones Bureau in your settlement. This will allow you to begin tracking down members of the Order of Ancients, opening up new quest lines. While not yet a requirement, it is recommended that you heed Randvi’s advice and build the Hidden Ones Bureau as soon as you’re able to. This will cost you 400 Supplies and 30 Raw Materials. If you’re running low, look for treasure chests throughout the landscape. The most profitable will be found in large settlements and religious sites, such as monasteries.
Tip: Once you’ve built the Hidden Ones Bureau, you should begin tracking and killing members of the Order of the Ancients as soon as possible. Killing them will gain you favor among the locals, allowing you to form alliances more easily.
After building the Hidden Ones Bureau, Hytham will thank you profusely. He will then offer you a gift, in the form of a… teaching. Follow him south over the river, and then up the hill. Once you reach the cliff edge, perform the leap of faith to incorporate it into your arsenal of skills. Follow Hytham back to the settlement, where you’ll be informed about how to find clues to the location of members of the Order of Ancients.
Note: Whenever you kill a member of the Order of Ancients, be sure to bring any Order Medallions and codex pages back to Hytham at the Hidden Ones Bureau. In return, you will receive rewards in the form of special abilities or cosmetics.