This quest begins immediately after Brewing Rebellion. The quest involves helping to secure Geadric’s position by helping to protect his fyrd, and then destroying supplies which belong to Lady Eadwyn.
Note: Throughout this quest you’ll notice a progress bar which will move toward completion each time you do something to weaken Eadwyn’s forces. Depending on how many of the below objectives you complete, you may need to finish Pilgrimage to St. Albanes and Fiery Ambush before the progress bar is completely filled.
Help the Fyrd
In this context, helping the fyrd just means helping Geadric’s warriors wherever you find them. You’ll find one group of them northeast of Buckingham at Thaerelea Ruins. When you arrive, help the fyrd to defeat the Saxon attack. This will be a brief battle, with the main threat coming from the Yeomen and Skirmishers. The latter can be particularly deadly, with their swift dual-wield attacks and agile fighting style. If you find it difficult to defeat them with basic attacks, create some distance between yourself and the Skirmisher, and then target the weak points. This will make them vulnerable to stun attacks, which should finish them off. Alternatively, just spam some high damage abilities such as Harpoon Impalement and Rush & Bash.
You’ll find another, smaller group of fyrd in the woods southwest of Buckingham (as shown above). Go there and speak with the soldier to initiate a defence of the area against a small patrol of Saxon soldiers. Among them you will find two Pikemen, so try not to get too close. When you’re done here you’ll find a third group of fyrd southeast of Buckingham, and directly south of Linforda. This time the group you encounter will be in trouble, and you’ll need to help them by defeating the attacking Saxon soldiers.
Did You Know? A fyrd is broadly defined as a local militia group which mostly consisted of experienced soldiers, but would sometimes be reinforced by conscripts of freemen when forces were stretched thin. The violence of the Viking Age saw fyrds expand in numbers and improve in their effectiveness as a defence against raids, culminating in Alfred the Great organising fortified towns (or burhs), each with their own dedicated fyrd assembled by the local lord.
Destroy Supply Carts
The nearest supply carts to Buckingham can be found in a small camp to the southeast of the Ruined Tower. Head in that direction and then use you raven to scout ahead when you’re prompted to locate the relevant area from the quest objective. As you approach the camp, use Odin’s Sight to highlight the location of any guards within it. You’ll need to destroy all three supply carts in the camp to complete this section, but you might as well kill all the guards first for the extra loot and XP. You won’t find any special enemies here other than another Skirmisher. When they’re all dead, use your torch to light the carts on fire.
Note: You can stand next to the carts with a lit torch until they catch fire, or you can throw torches at them. Just make sure you run away once they’re on fire to avoid the imminent explosion.
You’ll find some more supply carts at Cyne Belle Castle, far to the south of Buckingham on the southern border of Oxenefordscire. This is a much more heavily guarded area, and you don’t need to burn these supplies to complete the quest if you don’t want to. If you’re up for the challenge, you can take out all the enemies in the castle, or you can run through and throw torches on the supplies. But be warned: doing so will attract a large amount of soldiers which will be difficult to shake off. If you’re not too bothered about the challenge and just want to complete the quest, we recommend leaving this area for now.
Kill the Flagbearer in Oxeneforda
You’ll find this settlement (Oxeneforda) southwest of Buckingham, on the western border of Oxenefordscire. All you need to do in terms of progressing the quest here is kill the Standard Bearer. As with other Standard Bearers, you’ll find weak points on the right arm and left foot. Shoot these to weaken the defences of the opponent, or just use a series of high damage abilities to bring them down swiftly. Despite their imposing stature, they’re not actually all that tough. Once the Standard Bearer is dead you can move on if you want, but while you’re here (if it’s your first time), you might as well pick up a unique ability (Thor’s Vengeance) and some unique armor (Magister’s Trousers).
Find the Unique Armor and Ability
You’ll find the unique armor in the main church tower where the Standard Bearer was patrolling. You’ll need to climb its eastern wall above the front door, until you reach a wooden post in front of a decorated window. While on the post, shoot the window to destroy it and then enter the tower. Once inside, you’ll see a wooden barricade above you in the southeastern corner. Shoot it and then climb up. At the top you’ll see a chandelier in the room in front of you, blocked by a barricade. Shoot the link in the chandelier and then move the barricade to gain access to the room with the chest. Looting it will provide you with the Magister’s Trousers.
Before you leave the tower, head back down the way you came and move the barricade in the northwestern corner of the second floor. This will reveal a hole down to the ground floor, where you’ll find a key. Take the key and leave the tower from the front door. You can now use the key to open the door to the small chapel to the north, within which you’ll find a Book of Knowledge granting you the Thor’s Vengeance ability.
The locations noted here should be enough to fill the bar marking your progress in weakening Eadwyn’s forces. However, if you don’t want to bother with Cyne Belle Castle, you’ll find another Standard Bearer during Pilgrimage to St. Albanes, who will count toward the progress when killed. If all else fails, you’ll find more supply crates during Fiery Ambush. Once the bar is filled, the quest will complete.