Who is Lord Hragg?

One of the oldest story arcs and set of quests in DDO is the Grey Moon Waning and Cult of the Six quests.  The basic premise behind these quests is that a clan of ogres has been betrayed by a small faction of their own tribe with the support of trolls and dark priests who worship the Dark Six.  The previous clan leader of the Grey Moon ogres, who reside on Sorrowdusk Isle, is usurped by an evil and brusk ogre named Grust who has given the trolls the ancestral caves of the Grey Moon ogres and has allowed the dark priest to revive the ancient Dark Six temple that resides on Sorrowdusk Isle.

Lord Hragg is the rightful clan leader of the Grey Moon ogre tribe.  As we make our through the set of quests for these two story arcs we learn that Lord Hragg is a powerful and intelligent being.  We also learn that traditional customs and rights are extremely important to him.  Although the conversations our characters have with him are brief, we notice how important it is to him for the trolls to be eliminated from the Grey Moon’s caves and how disturbing it is to see the halls in the Temple of Dark Six active once again.  His intelligence comes to the service when he demonstrates his ability to read and understand the Libram of the Six, where he learns the rites that the dark disciples in the temple plan to complete and guides you in your quest to stop them.

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Erdrique meeting Lord Hragg of Grey Moon.

One has to wonder though, who is Lord Hragg?  How did he become the lord of the  Grey Moon clan?  How was he betrayed?  The only thing we can gleam from our brief conversations with him is that the internal struggle with Grust has left the Grey Moon tribe broken and too weak to deal with the trolls and priest of the Dark Six that are now trying to make Sorrowdusk Isle their home.  We don’t learn anything about his past or anything about him accept from our initial perceptions.  These holes in our knowledge allows someone like to me to come up with some possible thoughts on these topics.

The Eberron Wiki doesn’t give to much insight into the nature or societal structure of the traditional ogre community.  However, just knowing the strong tendency for ogres to attach first and ask questions second, I imagine that their society is largely based on a show of force and strength.  Based on this thought, I can think of two possible ways in which Lord Hragg became the clan leader of Grey Moon.  The first, is through a family history.  It is possible that Lord Hragg is an heir to the clan leadership where his family may have been the strongest of the clan.  I’m guessing that to maintain this leadership, challenges of combat and strength were issued and defended.  I’m guessing these challenges were few and far between.

A second possibility is that there is some type or ritualistic performance to determine a clan leader when the previous leader dies or can no longer maintain leadership.  I can see the most powerful members of the tribe competing against each other to determine the new clan leader.  I can see this as being a possibility, especially one which would have provided somebody like Grust the opportunity to claim leadership and failing therefore resulting in other means to usurp the current leader.

But how did Grust gather enough support to usurp Hragg?  This isn’t quite made clear.  Grust must have found some way to convince the most powerful of the Grey Moon tribe to turn their allegiance.  I’m guessing one way Grust could have done this was promising these warriors a path to greater glory in some aspect.  Perhaps he claimed he could expand their territory and conquer some other areas giving the traitors a new way to prove their strength and perhaps the leadership of smaller colonies.  Perhaps in stopping the Dark Six cultist we also stopped a possible attack on Stormreach from the “Black Sun Ogres.”

Maybe we’ll find out in some future quests in Sorrowdusk Isle or maybe it will always be a mystery.  In either case, it is always fun to speculate.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in Sorrowdusk Isle!!

 

A Run Down of Quest Activities, April 21st to April 24

The week of Good Friday was an abnormal week for me, however this past week was more of a typical week.  The only change to my normal runs was that I also tried to get in as many runs as I could for the Festival of the Traveler.  The week’s runs started out with me taking Berann (Level 7 Barbarian) out into the wilds of Korthos Island for my slayer runs of the week.  So far, I have really enjoyed playing my half-orc falchion wielding barbarian.  Although I haven’t done anything quite challenging yet with him, I like his “feel” and enjoy the play style.  After I ran around and cleared out Korthos Island, I then logged out to head to work.  Once I got back home, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 10 Druid) and took him through a round of the Festival of the Traveler to me get re-oriented with egg hunting route.  After I ran that, I logged on with my other heroic true reincarnated character, Hamllin (Level 8 Fighter).  I was scheduled to take Hamllin through Three Barrel Cove and into the Garl’s Tomb: The Troglodyte’s Get.  The Troglodyte’s Get can be a pretty touch quest if you aren’t prepared to handle a ton of slow, hold person, and fire ball spells being cast at you from a multitude of troglodyte shamans and warlocks.  I made it through the Troglodyte’s Get with little problems and then logged out to make dinner.  I then logged on later that night (while also being logged on with Digital PNP group) and brought on Rimuldar (Level 21 Wizard/Magister).  The first thing I did was to take Rimuldar through a circuit of the Festival of the Traveler.  I then noticed that Rimuldar had never completed the Web of Chaos chain so I started that out with Lords of Dust on Epic Normal.  Using my onyx panther, owl bear, and a exalted angel hireling I had no difficulty getting through it.  Since I was also playing the digital PNP game, things were slow going so I was only able to make it through Lords of Dust.  Will need to hit up the other quests next time.  After that run, I needed to log out for the night.

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Berann running through Korthos Island.

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Hamllin on his way to Garl’s Tomb decides to take some pirates down in Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin fighting Zaokh in the Troglodyte’s Get.

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Rimuldar looking to collect some eggs for the Festival of the Traveler.

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Rimuldar and his gang in Lords of Dust.

Tuesday morning started out with a quick run of the the Festival of the Traveler and then a slayer run with Rimuldar.  I was planning on working out in the High Road but since I couldn’t get to Eveningstar (without using the Hall of Heroes from the login screen) I instead went to the Vale of Twilight since I hadn’t been out there in awhile.  It was good to get into the Vale, even over level.  After gathering some Shavarath Slayers, I logged out to head to work.  Later that afternoon, I logged back on with Erdrique and did another run of the Festival of the Traveler.  I then started to take Erdrique out to Three Barrel Cove to do Scondrel’s Run.  The Scondrel’s Run was the last quest Erdrique needed to finish up Three Barrel Cove.  As I was getting ready to head out there, Twotoe logged on and joined me.  We quickly tromped through the pirates of Three Barrel Cove and then entered Scondrel’s Run on elite.  The Scondrel’s Run is perhaps the first quest where you encounter significant numbers of minotaurs, but they didn’t slow us down at all.  After the run through Scondrel’s Run both Twotoe and I logged out to take care of dinner and other things.  I logged back later that night with a character from my premium account, Containment (Level 3 Cleric).  Because Containment is on my premium account, I can’t open quests directly on elite, and this night I was planning on finishing up the Baudry Cartamon Chain on elite, since I had already ran it on normal and hard.  So I started the chain, entering Protect Baudry’s Interest, on elite.  As I was working through the quest, Hellbanisher logged on and he had just finished going through a heroic true reincarnation.  So after I got through the first quest, I joined up with Hellbanisher and helped get through Redepmtion and Sacrifices and then we came out to the Harbor where he opened the entire Baudry chain on elite (Protect Baudry’s Interest, Stop Hazadill’s Shipment, Retrieve the Stolen Goods), as well as The Kobold’s New Ringleader, Durk’s Got a Secret, and Walk the Butcher’s Path.  During the run through Durk’s Got a Secret I was fortunate enough to pull a Muckbane .  After all of those runs we called it a night.         

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Rimuldar looking for kills in the Vale of Twilight.

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Erdrique and Twotoe dealing with the scorpions and minotaurs of Scondrel’s Run.

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Containment and his hireling protecting the crate.

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Containment and Hell looking for Arissa in Sacrifices.

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Containment and Hell working to keep the crate safe.

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Containment and Hell looking for the Stolen Goods.

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Looking for the kobold’s new ringleader.

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Taking on the slimes with our hands.

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Contaiment and Hell taking a stroll through the Butcher’s Path.

Wednesday morning was a light day in the world of DDO for me.  With the DDO being down Wednesday morning because of the hot fix, I played Neverwinter Nights II instead.  I logged on with Spirit Shaman Ragnar and took his party through some of the crypts just north of Fort Locke.  After work, I logged onto DDO Hamllin and took him through the The Forgotten Caverns.  After that I brought Erdrique back on to do another circuit of the Festival of the Traveler.  I then called it a night and spent the rest of the night with my wife as it was date night .

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Ragnar leading his gang through the Crypt.

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Hamllin taking on the ice mephits of the Forgotten Caverns.

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Erdrique looking for some more eggs.

Thursday was quite an active day.  I started the day with Stoorage (Level 9 Fighter) and took him into Three Barrel Cove for my morning slayer run.  After gathering the majority of the explorers, I logged and headed out to work.  I then logged back on with Erdrique and ran through the Festival of the Traveler, Sorrowdusk Isle, and the first part of Grey Moon Waning (The Grey Moon’s Den: The Trollish Scourge).  I then logged out to take care of dinner and logged back on later that night with Stoorage once again.  Like Containment, Stoorage is one of my characters on my premium account and he was in the process of finishing up the Assault on Splinterskull on elite.  Khameltoe logged on and offered to help me finish up Assault on Splinterskull (Doom of the Witch-Doctor: The Way to Zulkash, Doom of the Witch Doctor: Zulkash, the Herald of Woe, The Last Move: The Way to Yarkuch, The Last Move:Yarkuch’s Last Stand).   After we got through out, I asked Khameltoe if he could open the Sharn Syndicate series for me on elite.  We then headed off and completed: Stand Your Ground, Dirty Laundry, The Stormrever Fresco, The Bookbinder Rescue, and Repossession).  That just left me with Come Out and Slay to worry about.  We called it a night after those runs.

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Stoorage gazing at the wreck in Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique traveling the roof tops looking for eggs for the Traveler.

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Surveying the ogre camp in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erdrique taking on the Black Sun Ogres of Grey Moon.

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Stoorage on his way to battle Zulkash.

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Stoorage on his way to deal with Yarkuch.

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Stoorage following Khameltoe into the last fight in Splinterskull.

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Having fun in Stand Your Ground.

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Stoorage is working on cleaning up the dirty laundry.

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Never trust a warforged like Zircon.

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Rescuing the Binder Family.

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Time to take back the Stormreaver Fresco.

So, it was a pretty productive week overall, at least in the number of quests tackled.  I hope everybody else had a productive week and hope that your weekend is even better!!  Happy Hunting everybody!!