This quest begins immediately after A Show of Character. You’ll need to speak with Ciara at Durrow to learn more about your next objectives.
How to Complete Royal Demands
When you speak with Ciara in Durrow, she’ll ask you to complete some Royal Demands from the various kings throughout Ireland. These are essentially small side quests which require Eivor to deal with various problems for the kings. They can include killing an entire camp of bandits, retrieving stolen items from camps, or assassinating a specific target. To acquire Royal Demands for the purposes of this quest, you’ll need to interact with the nearby pigeon coop in Durrow.
What are Kings’ Pleas?
When you accept a Royal Demand from the pigeon coop, you’ll notice additional objectives associated with them when you add the quest to your tracker. These are referred to as Kings’ Pleas, and are essential bonus objectives which can earn you extra rewards if you manage to complete them. You’ll notice that the Kings’ Pleas are different for each Royal Demand.
The first Royal Demand that we’ll deal with is Meath: Gemstones. The “Meath” only refers to the region, so you could get an almost identical Royal Demand in Dublin or Connacht whenever you accept Royal Demands from the pigeon coops in those regions. This one is located in a camp near to the border with Dublin, and involves recovering some royal jewellery from a small bandit camp.
The Kings’ Plea for this Royal Demand requires that you don’t make any unessential kills, so you’ll need to be careful as you infiltrate it. This means keeping your cloak on, approaching slowly, and using the nearby foliage to hide. You can use your raven to scout the camp, and as you draw near be sure to use Odin’s Sight to highlight the bandit who has the jewellery on them. As with other quest objectives, the bandit who has the jewellery will be highlighted in teal. All you need to do is sneak up behind the bandit and steal the jewellery from them, then leave the area without killing anyone.
Meath: Killing Time
This one involves killing a specific target at Lambay Abbey, on the small island east of Dublin. The target you’ll need to kill is an Elite Warrior, so a one-hit kill is out of the question unless you’re in melee range and have the Advanced Assassination (Way of the Raven) skill. If you’re able to get in melee range and assassinate with one hit, this will be the ideal situation. However, the Elite Warrior likes to patrol around a specific area, so you may want to wait a while and observe their movements from a safe place such as bushes, which will hide you from other patrols.
As all the guards in the area will change their patrol patterns, sooner or later you’ll be forced to strike before you get caught. If you can get a clear headshot with your bow on the Elite Warrior, this will take out most of their health. A second hit is all that it will take to kill them, but be aware that they will pull their shield out once alerted, making it more difficult to hit them. Once you’ve killed the Elite Warrior, you’ll need to confirm the kill by interacting with the body. Do this as soon as possible before other guards are able to hit you, since one of the Kings’ Pleas here is to take no damage.
Once the kill on the Elite Warrior is confirmed, get out of the area as soon as possible to avoid taking any damage.
Meath: Smite Them Down
The last one requires you to eliminate all the bandits in a camp located north of Dublin. This sounds like a simple and easy job, but it is made more complicated by the Kings’ Pleas associated with it: remain undetected, and don’t take any damage. This means that you’ll have to be incredibly careful as you approach the camp, and as you move through it. Thankfully most of the enemies patrol the camp on their own, so you can take them out one by one whenever they’re far enough away from each other. However, there are two bandits at the centre of the camp who stick together. To kill these without being detected, you’ll need to use an ability which does a significant amount of damage in a short amount of time. Good options for this are Mark of Death, Incendiary Powder Trap, Focus of the Nornir, or Harpoon Impalement.