|The Palace of Light|
|Quest Giver||Brother Sanders, Annika|
|Requirements||Completed the Abyssal Depths segment of Winter Wolf, or defeated the smugglers in The Siege of Khor'minos|
"I've met valkyries, [pc.name]. The only reason they would not be joining the fight already is if they were already fighting… either the demons, or something else. And that is what is worrying me so much."
|0||Speak to Brother Sanders about the valkyries before starting Winter Wolf
Optional quest state
|Brother Sanders, worried about the demon threat, has suggested gaining the assistance of the valkyries, Lumia's faithful winged warriors. Journey to the Glacial Rift and try to locate them there.|
|1||Speak to Sanders about the valkyries after starting Winter Wolf, or update from 0 after meeting Gweyr
Optional quest state
|Brother Sanders has suggested that you ally with Lumia's valkyries against the demons, but you'll have to put looking for them on hold until after you and Gweyr deal with the Cult in the Glacial Rift.|
|2||Speak to Sanders about the valkyries after finishing the Abyssal Depths, or update from 1 after defeating the Lureling
Optional quest state
|Brother Sanders, worried about the demon threat, has suggested gaining additional assistance in the far north. Although you were interrupted by Tollus and his minions, you've dealt with them for now, and the way should be clear to find Lumia and her valkyries. Search for them in the open spaces of the Glacial Rift.|
|3||Complete the combat encounter with Annika||Lumia's sun warriors are itching to join the fight against the demon cult, but they're stuck fighting a much older and more dangerous war that's sapping their goddess's strength… and which may very well threaten the fabric of this world's reality. Only Lumia herself can allow you into the Keep to help them, but unfortunately, she's in seclusion somewhere in the Rift, recuperating from her fight against the Wraiths. Annika, one of the goddess's valkyries, has offered to bring you to her so that you can make your case in person.|
When exploring the Glacial Rift after finishing the Abyssal Depths dungeon in Winter Wolf, choose Investigate during Annika's encounter and then successfully complete the fight. Alternatively, it's possible to gain an optional breadcrumb that starts this quest early through an encounter with Brother Sanders in Hawkethorne, which triggers on the Hawkethorne Waystone tile after either completing Winter Wolf or the smuggler fight in The Siege of Khor'minos.
If you receive the quest from Sanders before finishing Winter Wolf, it will update as you progress through the quest. Only after finishing Winter Wolf can you find Annika in the Glacial Rift.
Encountering Annika leads to two options: Investigate and Leave. The latter returns the encounter to the Rift encounter table for a later date. The former initiates a fight alongside an unnamed, slightly-wounded Valkyrie against several Wraith-touched trolls. Regardless of the outcome of the fight, the valkyrie successfully drives off the trolls, introduces herself as Annika, and asks to speak to the party about the reason for the valkyries' disappearance. In short: there is something energizing and empowering the Wraith-touched monsters of the frozen north in their endless quest to annihilate all living beings, and the order of valkyries is fighting them desperately on the field of battle while Lumia, their goddess, seeks a way to destroy whatever is animating the Wraith-touched. Annika offers to meet elsewhere in the Rift and bring the party to a personal meeting with Lumia herself to see what can be done to stem the tide.
This is as far as this quest can be advanced as of 0.5.20.
Completing the fight alongside Annika yields several Trail Rations.
- If High Ground was completed and any option other than a corrupted Dawnsword resulted, Annika recognizes the Champion as either the swordbearer (if Champ got the Dawnsword) or the swordbearer's ally (if Liaden got the sword). Otherwise, she recognizes them as the Champion of Frost.
- After completing Annika's fight with the trolls, it's possible to roll a random encounter in the Rift where the party visits the wreckage of a battle between valkyries and Wraith-touched trolls.