A Loose Cannon

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A Loose Cannon
Section Istan Quests
Campaign Nightfall

(Elonian only)

Given by Shaudok
in Zehlon Reach
(Istan)
Type Secondary quest
Map(s)
A Peaceful Solution map.jpg
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Ignoring the warnings of his superior, help Shaudok 'convince' a local grain merchant to lower his prices.

Quest information[edit]

Requirements[edit]

Objectives[edit]

  • Travel with Shaudok to the merchant's camp.
  • Teach the merchant and his bodyguards the error of their ways.
  • See Shaudok for your reward.

Reward[edit]

Dialogue[edit]

Initial dialogue[edit]

When getting close to Kohanu and Shaudok:

Kohanu: "You're a loose cannon, Shaudok! I can't have you running around the island willy-nilly breaking kneecaps! It's just not respectable."
Shaudok: "I get results, Kohanu! It's not my fault that sometimes the only way to deal with a bad situation is to use a little force!"
Kohanu: "One more mistake and you're out, Shaudok. I'll have your spear and shield!"
Shaudok
"I don't care what Kohanu says. This island has problems that need to be solved, and if the Sunspears aren't going to do something, who will? There's this merchant named Dashon who is making a killing selling grain to underproducing farmers. See, there used to be a lot of merchants stockpiling grain. They'd sell it at an affordable rate during bad seasons and buy it back during good ones. Anyway, our friend Dashon put those folks out of business by practically giving away his grain. Now he's the only grain merchant in the area, and he can charge an arm and a leg! Some of the farmers can barely even afford to eat after they pay his prices. I say we go convince him to lower his demands . What do you say?"
Yes Accept: "That sounds terrible. Let's go teach him a lesson."
No Decline: "That's a little drastic for someone who's just being a good merchant, don't you think?"
Ask Ask: "Let's go pay Dashon a visit. Lead the way!"

Intermediate dialogue[edit]

Shaudok: "Alright, Dashon...enough is enough. Your price gouging ends now!"
Dashon: "You can't intimidate me! I'm a legitimate businessman charging honest prices. It's not my fault that the grain market is so inflated this season. It's not right that you'd take it out on me with violence. What kind of people are you?"
Shaudok: "There are people practically starving because they can't afford your prices. You'd make just as much profit selling more grain at less cost. All you're doing is starving people."
Dashon: "This is excessive use of force! Help! Help! I'm being oppressed! Merkod! Nadara! Help me!"

After defeating Merkod and Nadara:

Dashon: "All right, all right! You win. I'll make some price cuts. Thirty percent off!"
Shaudok: "Fifty. Or I'll..."
Dashon: "What?! That's outrage... All right, all right. Put your weapons away. Fifty percent it is."
Shaudok: "I'm glad we could come to an understanding, Dashon. Your bruises will heal in no time."

Reward dialogue[edit]

Shaudok
"Hey, wow! Nobody died! You did a good job there. A fine Sunspear, you are. Makes me happy to know I'm not the only one willing to do what needs to be done. The farmers around here should be able to get the grain they need… at least until Dashon raises his prices again."

Notes[edit]

Anomaly Anomaly.Shaudok is shown holding a sword and shield rather than the spear Kohanu refers to.
Anomaly Anomaly.The pre-quest offer dialogue will always get initiated for non-Nightfall characters despite the fact that non-Nightfall characters will not be offered this quest.

Trivia[edit]

  • Dashon's line "Help! Help! I'm being oppressed!" is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.