This article has an associated Zaishen Challenge Quest.
- Examine the Vanguard helmet in Grothmar Wardowns to begin the attack. (disappears from Quest Log after speaking to the Vanguard helmet).
- Search the Charr camp to the east for signs of the Vanguard captives.
- OPTIONAL Find ways to weaken the Charr garrison.
- OPTIONAL Intercept the Charr supply caravan. Use explosive charges to disable it.
- OPTIONAL Destroy the watchtowers with explosive charges. 0...2 of 2 destroyed.
- OPTIONAL Employ the siege devourers to fire explosive charges at the garrison. 0...2 of 2 fired.
- Defeat Harvest Soulreign.
- Automatically added upon completing Search for the Ebon Vanguard
- After first completion, can be obtained from:
Vanguard reputation points First time Repeats Normal 2,500 1,000 1001 Hard 1,500 150
- 1 Only if below rank 8.
All you have to do is fight your way to the Charr camp, storm it, and defeat Harvest Soulreign; everything else is optional. However, completing the optional objectives will reduce the number of Charr in the camp, cutting the garrison by half if you complete all five objectives. All of the optional objectives involve blowing stuff up, which can be quite rewarding in itself.
During this quest, you will encounter Charr Firereigners in many of the enemy groups, who each drop a Charr Explosive when they die. These are required to complete the optional objectives and can also be used against the Charr themselves, much like Dwarven Powder Kegs.
The easiest path to the camp is to run south from the starting point and cross the southern bridge, then follow the southern edge of the area until you come to the large river. Avoid the Charr around the Siege Devourer as you head north to the garrison. Harvest Soulreign is in the rear of the camp accompanied by Gordam Griefgiver, but only Harvest needs to be killed to complete the quest. When he dies, a cutscene will play, after which the party will reappear in the now-empty Charr camp with Pyre Fierceshot as an ally, talk to him to get The Dawn of Rebellion, leading you to Doomlore Shrine.
Intercept the Charr Supply Caravan: The caravan is the northwestern red icon on your mission map (U). Simply drop a Charr Explosive near any one of the supply carts to destroy the entire caravan. The nearby Ammo Cart will supply you with unlimited Charr Explosives.
Destroy the Watchtowers with Explosives: The other two red icons are the watchtowers. Drop a Charr Explosive next to each of them to burn them down.
Employ the siege devourers to fire explosive charges at the garrison: The Siege Devourers are at the two star icons on the map. While carrying a Charr Explosive, speak to the devourer to load the charge. After lobbing the charge at the garrison, a return volley will take out the devourer.
Hard mode makes the Charr a lot stronger, but doesn't change the basic tactics. The strongest enemy group is the group of six that will charge your position at the start of the mission. They can be avoided by looping clockwise around the large stone formation just west of your starting location, and then you can proceed with the mission as normal.
- 24(30) Groknar Weazlewortz (Barrage) - at Supply Caravan
- 24(30) Anmat the Trickster (Power Block) - at northern Siege Devourer
- 24(30) Frazar Frostfur (Ward Against Harm) - at southern Siege Devourer
- 24(30) Gordam Griefgiver (Eviscerate) - in central fort
- 24(30) Harvest Soulreign (Spiteful Spirit) - in central fort (killing him ends mission, impossible to capture from)
Briefing from the Scrying Pool.
|Quest Log:||"Battle signs indicate that there are still Ebon Vanguard members to be rescued. Assault the Charr camp and look for them."|
|Ogden Stonehealer:||"There was a great fight here, and recently."|
|Gwen:||"This is Captain Langmar's helmet. The Ebon Vanguard fell here."|
|Gwen:||"Those damn savages killed them all."|
|<party leader>:||"Gwen, I know what you're going through."|
|Gwen:||"No you don't! These animals took everything from me. My parents. My Home. My freedom."|
|Gwen:||"The Ebon Vanguard were my friends, my fellow warriors. Now the Charr have taken them as well."|
|Vekk:||""Taken" may be the operative word. There are not enough corpses."|
|<party leader>:||"You're right, Vekk. There's only a handful of dead bodies. How large was Captain Langmar's force?"|
|Gwen:||"About forty men and women."|
|Ogden Stonehealer:||"So there are survivors. Prisoners, most likely."|
|Gwen:||"Death is better than being a prisoner of the Charr. We must make those animals pay. We must go after them!"|
|Vekk:||"Then you're in luck, bookah. It sounds like they're coming to us!"|
|Intercept the Charr supply caravan:|
|Groknar Weazlewortz:||"Prepare for battle, prey. You will find no mercy here."|
|Gwen:||"You're the ones who will be begging for mercy."|
|<party leader>:||"We're not here to seek mercy, unfortunately...for you."|
|Groknar Weazlewortz:||"Grr. Impudent whelp. I shall skewer your body and devour your carcass whole."|
|Destroy the watchtowers:|
|Anmat the Trickster:||"Look lively, troops. Our lunch has arrived."|
|Ogden Stonehealer:||"Bah. You'll break your teeth on my hide, kitty."|
|Vekk:||"Ha ha ha ha. Good one. the big oaf thinks you're his lunch. Wait, was he referring to me?"|
|Employ the siege devourers to fire explosive charges at the garrison:|
|Gwen:||"Hand over the devourer, you mangy beasts."|
|<party leader>:||"We need this devourer. Walk away and we'll spare your lives."|
|Frazar Frostfur:||"We don't take orders from prey. And we never walk away from a fight."|
|<party leader>:||"That's as much as we can do from out here. Let's make our way to the camp."|
|Defeat Harvest Soulreign:|
|<party leader>:||"Where are the Vanguard captives? What have you done to them?"|
|Harvest Soulreign:||"You slaughter your way through my camp and demand information from me? You'll find no answers here, only death!"|
|Gwen:||"Death is what we seek. It suits your kind well."|
|Vekk:||"If you're ignorant of the information, simply admit as much. It's a simple question, really. Do you know where they are, or not?"|
|Harvest Soulreign:||"You dare speak to me as an equal? The Shamans command here, and we command you to die!"|
|The Charr Prisoner|
|<party leader>:||"A lot of dead Charr, but no sign of the Ebon Vanguard."|
|Ogden Stonehealer:||"Aye, I can see why the girl hates them. They fight well. And dirty."|
|Vekk:||"Come! That bookah girl has gone crazy!"|
|Gwen:||"Die, you mongrel!"|
|<party leader>:||"Gwen, what are you doing?"|
|Gwen:||"I'm doing my job, killing Charr!"|
|Pyre Fierceshot:||"You are a brave little mouse. Unlock the door and see how brave you are!"|
|Gwen:||"Just shut up and die!"|
|Pyre Fierceshot:||"Kill me and you'll never see your friends alive."|
|<party leader>:||"Hold on, Gwen."|
|Gwen:||"Why? He's a Charr! No better than the rest!"|
|Pyre Fierceshot:||"The Charr you killed are no friends of mine, mouse. They captured my warband and your precious soldiers. Both are marked for death."|
|<party leader>:||"What do you mean? Speak clearly, or I'll let her finish the job."|
|Pyre Fierceshot:||"The Charr here were members of the Shaman caste. They led us into worshipping false gods."|
|Prye Fierceshot:||"My warband disagreed with the Shamans, and they were captured. As were your people."|
|Gwen:||"He's lying. All Charr are evil."|
|Pyre Fierceshot:||"Some of us are more evil than others."|
|<party leader>:||"What happened to the others?"|
|<party leader>:||"What happened to our people?"|
|Pyre Fierceshot:||"I need your aid to rescue my people. You need mine to find yours."|
|<party leader>:||"And we can trust you?"|
|Prye Fierceshot:||"No. But if the mouse kills me, you'll lose the chance."|
|<party leader>:||"All right. Let him out."|
|<party leader>:||"We have a deal, Charr, but I'll be watching you."|
|Pyre Fierceshot:||"I am Pyre Fierceshot. Your enemies are mine."|
|Gwen:||"You try anything, and I will personally gut you."|
|Pyre Fierceshot:||"I would expect no less from one such as you."|
- If you are attempting to vanquish Grothmar Wardowns, completing this quest first will spawn you in an empty Charr camp, eliminating the need to take out the resilient monk boss Chaelse Flameshielder and his large mob of Charr.
- As with other quests against Charr, virtually all of the damage you receive will be fire damage, so taking fire based protection (such as Mantra of Flame) is well advised.
- If you have the quests Plan A or Failure to Communicate active, the quest-specific mobs will spawn in the Charr camp with you after completing this quest. It is recommended to either complete or abandon those quests before doing this one.
|Eye of the North storyline quests|
|Norn: Curse of the Nornbear → A Gate Too Far → Blood Washes Blood|