This quest begins immediately after Bartering. You’ll need to travel to Ledecestre, about 1000m northwest of Ravensthorpe, to investigate whether King Burgred is in hiding there. When you reach Ledecestre, you’ll find Ivarr atop the tower in the southwesternmost point of the settlement. Speak with him and go through the dialogue options. It doesn’t matter which you choose, none will have any significant consequences. After the brief conversation, you’ll have the opportunity to search for evidence of King Burgred yourself, focusing on the church and the old bathhouse.
Note: If you’ve already looted Ledecestre or would rather finish the quest as soon as possible, skip to “Search the Old Bathhouse”, which contains the key piece of information which will allow you to complete the quest without needing to explore the church.
Search the Church
We’ll start with the church. From the tower, leap into the hay bale below, then head directly east up the stone steps, at the top of which you’ll find three guards. You can kill these if you want without alerting the rest of the settlement, but you can just as easily walk by them. So long as you don’t make any sudden movements or draw your weapons, they won’t pay any attention to your presence. From the top of the stone steps, continue northeast toward the church. You’ll be able to position yourself at its southern end without alerting any guards, even risking a run if you’re far enough away from their gaze. If you haven’t yet used the synchronization point at the top of the church, now is a good time to climb atop the cross and do so.
After using the synchronization point, climb down the church walls on its eastern side. Here you’ll find a cart filled with hay on the ground beside the church, with one static guard next to it and two guards which patrol around the church. Wait for the two patrols to head off, then assassinate the guard at the door. At this point you can enter the cart filled with hay and wait for the two patrol guards to make their way back. When they arrive, assassinate one from the cart and kill the other as you see fit. A swift arrow to the head should suffice. The commotion should cause one remaining guard within the church to come outside, at which point you can deliver the same fate to them. This will leave you free to enter the church with only one guard remaining inside.
Once you’ve killed the last guard inside, climb up the ladder at the southern end of the church above the barred door. Here you’ll find a wooden barricade which can be destroyed with a basic attack, granting you access to the crypt below. Within the crypt you’ll find a treasure chest containing the unique bow Skadi’s Wrath, and some evidence of King Burgred’s plans in the form of Leofrith’s Orders on top of a nearby wooden container. With both of these items in hand, you’ve completed the exploration of the church area and you can now move on to the old bathhouse in the northwest.
Search the Old Bathhouse
From the church, head directly north until you reach the main road. From here, you’ll see the bathhouse directly to the west. Follow the road north until you reach the northeasternmost point of the bathhouse, at the corner of which is a cart filled with hay. From the cart, look southwest and climb the bathhouse using the nearby pillars. When you reach the roof, continue south along it until you see a large hole, granting access to the interior. Climb down the ladder to the wooden platform below. Follow this north, then west, the north again, jumping down to another wooden platform which brings you to the northernmost point of the bathhouse, beside a locked door. You’ll need to take a key from a nearby guard to gain access to the room beyond this door.
Note: As with most of these stealth missions, you can always choose to carve your way through the guards with brute force if you prefer. However, if you want the challenge of a stealth approach, this guide offers one of many methods.
From the locked door, head west to the top of the stairs facing south, crouching as you go. From here you’ll remain unseen, with a good view of the guards on the wooden platforms in front of you to the south. Take out the guard on the platform with an arrow to the head, then wait a few moments to see if another guard investigates the death. If they do, greet them with the same end. You will now be free to take out the guard with the key in the same way without being seen, granting you access to the room beyond the locked door. All that remains is for you to open the door, at which point you’ll discover Ceolbert hiding. Speak with him to learn some key information about where you might find King Burgred.
After speaking with Ceolbert, you’ll need to protect him as he leads you to the market, at which point you’ll encounter Ivarr, who has instigated quite a battle. Defeat all the guards here and then speak with Ceolbert to complete the quest.
Before you leave Ledecestre, there’s one more place of interest that you will benefit from exploring if you haven’t already; the Ratae Bureau. As the latter part of the name suggests, this is an old hideout of The Hidden Ones. You’ll find it beneath some ruins to the northeast of Ledecestre, as shown below. Inside you’ll find a treasure chest containing unique armor in the form of Hidden Ones’ Gloves, alongside The Magas Codex, Page IV, which can be turned in to Hytham at the Hidden Ones Bureau in Ravensthorpe. To acquire the codex, you’ll need to read all the notes within the Ratae Bureau. To gain access, you should first locate the ruins (shown below), then shoot the link in the net full of rocks to open the blocked entrance below.
Did You Know? The Ratae Bureau is a reference to the old Roman name for Leicester (modern variant of Ledecestre): Ratae Corieltauvorum. The first part of the name, “Ratae”, is a latin variant of the Brittonic word for “ramparts”, while the second part, “Corieltauvorum”, relates to the Corieltauvi, a tribe of people who lived in Britain prior to the Roman invasion. The implication, then, is that the Ratae Bureau was occupied by The Hidden Ones during the Roman invasion.