Calling All Thugs

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HardModeMissionIconIncomplete.png This quest has a Hard mode version — see Calling All Thugs (Hard mode).
Calling All Thugs
Section Kaineng City Quests
Storyline Beyond: Winds of Change
Given by Guardsman Qao Lin
in Kaineng Center
(Kaineng City)
Preceded by Finding Jinnai
Followed by Raid on Kaineng Center
Calling All Thugs (Hard mode)
Type Secondary quest
(Solo Quest)
Escape Route
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Sneak into the mercenaries' meeting for a little bit of recon.

Quest information[edit]


  • Travel to Shadow's Passage and investigate the meeting.
  • Speak with the attendees to find out what the criminals are planning. Avoid the group you are disguised as and mind your tongue. The wrong words will draw unwanted attention.
  • Go listen to the criminal's speech. Leaving early will blow your cover.
  • Escape the meeting.
  • See Guardsman Qao Lin for your reward.



During this solo quest, you will be under the effects of the Dastardly Disguise, which makes you look like a member of one of various thug groups. The quest is straightforward: enter the area, talk to several NPCs, listen to a speech, and then make a hasty retreat. However, there are several pitfalls that can cause the quest to fail:

  • During the talking phase, giving three bad answers or talking to an NPC that recognizes you as an impostor (i.e. you are disguised as one of them).
  • During the speech phase, getting too far away from the crowd (e.g. to prepare to escape) — this causes everyone to become hostile and the quest will fail.
  • During the escape phase, if you leave the area too quickly — wait until your quest log updates your success, otherwise you will not get credit (even if you have done everything else correctly).
Key triggers
  • You need to give at least three good answers to the relevant NPCs.
  • You can start moving away once the PC says "What, no, I'm not an imposter."
Skill recommendations


Allies & Foes[edit]

All NPCs begin friendly, but turn hostile by the end of the quest.

Dwarves (Stone Summit)

Humans (Am Fah)

Humans (Corsairs)

Humans (Crimson Skull)

Humans (Jade Brotherhood)

Humans (Peacekeepers)

Humans (White Mantle)


Humans (Am Fah)

Humans (Jade Brotherhood)


Initial dialogue[edit]

Guardsman Qao Lin
"One of my guards uncovered something alarming on a ship trying to smuggle stolen rice wine out of the Kaineng Docks. You're not going to believe me, but it looks like someone has sent out a help wanted ad...for criminals. It calls for all 'able-bodied thieves, murderers, scallywags, mercenaries of ill repute, thugs, brutes, gangsters, or anyone else lookin' for a good fight' to meet in Shadow's Passage for an 'offer they can't refuse.'
Normally I would pass this off as far too conspicuous for it to be real and assume it was just a prank, or some kid's game. But with the Am Fah and Jade Brotherhood being so quiet recently, I almost wonder if it might be real...
I was wondering if you might be willing to investigate this for me. My men are soldiers, not spies, and I doubt they would be able to infiltrate much of anything. I have some disguises you could use, on the off chance this is real. Oh, and I'd go alone if I were you. The less people, the less likely one of you gets recognized!"
Yes Accept: "Any chance to play dress-up!"
No Decline: "I'm not going to waste my time on this wild moa chase."
Ask Ask: "Speak with me when you're ready to go, and we'll find you a disguise that fits!"
Yes"I am ready to travel to Shadow's Passage."
No"I'm not going to waste my time on this wild moa chase."

Intermediate dialogue[edit]

If your disguise matches the group to whom you are talking
<Enemy NPC>: "Wait a minute, you're not one of our men! It's an imposter!"
After talking to three NPCs
Apep, Unending Night: "Gentlemen, ladies...I've called you all here because we all have a common problem."
Apep, Unending Night: "That problem goes by many names. The Ministry of Purity is the latest along a long line of do-gooders who are trying to upset the delicate balance between criminals and their victims. This needs to stop."
Justiciar Jeremy: "The Ministry of Purity is your problem. Why should we help you? What's in it for us?"
Apep, Unending Night: "We're getting to that..."
Reisen the Phoenix: "We're not BAD people. We're opportunistic people. Normal people see a little old lady on the side of the road, we see a coin purse with hands too frail to hold on to it. What can I say, it's a gift!"
Hermeck the Blade: "So, what.[sic] We're going to go rob the elderly? Is it Tuesday again already?"
Reisen the Phoenix: "No, it's an example. Look. Right now, the Ministry of Purity thinks they have us on the run. They think our wills are broken, that our numbers are too few to be a threat."
Apep, Unending Night: "More importantly, they think the Am Fah and Jade Brotherhood are clear on the other side of the city, still fighting each other! They've sent every available Ministry troop halfway to the Echovald Forest thinking they can heroically wipe out both of us at once while we are too busy fighting each other to notice!"
Apep, Unending Night: "That means they have left Kaineng Center, and more importantly the Imperial Palace, defenseless, spare a few Imperial Guards. The Ministry cannot hope to make it back before we have a firm hold on Kaineng Center."
Leutenant Naeem: "Aye! And by the time they arrive, we'll have plundered every last flake of gold from the Imperial Treasury, set fire to the palace, and our sails will be but specs on the horizon!"
Reisen the Phoenix: "We could do that. We could act like petty thieves, ravage the townsfolk, and loot the coffers of the empire. Or..."
Justiciar Jeremy: "Or what?"
Reisen the Phoenix: "Or, we could take the empire for ourselves."
Hermeck the Blade: "What? You're mad! How do you plan on doing that? Sure, we can get into the city, but how do you plan to hold it against the Ministry of Purity forces?"
Apep, Unending Night: "Simple: collateral. We will have their emperor, for one. I'm sure if we looked hard enough we could find their precious minister and her brat. Plus, the very scared, very fragile citizens of Kaineng Center at our mercy."
Reisen the Phoenix: "If they are the heroes they claim, the great paladins of righteousness and virtue they would have us believe them to be, they would not allow harm to come to so many innocent lives."
Reisen the Phoenix: "They will be forced to lower their weapons and negotiate. And, of course, during said negotiations we will naturally betray and murder them without a second thought."
Reisen the Phoenix: "Then, with the Imperial Guards and the Ministry of Purity destroyed, Cantha will be ours. An empire for criminals, by criminals! From our harbors, terror and chaos shall set sail to the rest of Tyria, ushering a new era!"
Apep, Unending Night: "The world deserves a better class of criminal, and we intend to give it to them. Who's with me!?"

If your disguise matches the group to whom you are talking

If wearing the Corsair disguise:

Lieutenant Naeem: "Wait a minute, I don't recognize this deckhand! It's an imposter!"

If wearing the Crimson Skull disguise:

Lieutenant Kao Li: "What's your name, sailor, I've never seen you before. Wait, you're not one of my men. It's an imposter!"

If wearing the Peacekeeper disguise:

Hermeck the Blade: "Some plan this is, eh, friend? Wait... who are you? You're not... To arms, men, we have an imposter in our midst!"

If wearing the White Mantle disguise:

Justiciar Jeremy: "Why have I never seen you before, soldier? Wait, you're not... It's an imposter! To arms!"

<Player name>: "What, no, I'm not an imposter. I was really looking forward to all that...robbing old ladies. And uhh...empire of criminals...stuff..."
Apep, Unending Night: "Well, well, well, if it isn't <Player name>. Fancy meeting you here. Are you acquainted with my guests?"

If upon previous campaign completion

If character is Canthan:

Lieutenant Kao Li: "This do-gooder murdered my captain in cold blood!"

If Nightfall has been completed:

Lieutenant Naeem: "This lice-infested sea bass sunk my ship, stole all my doubloons, and left me naked and unconcious in the middle of a swamp!"

If Prophecies has been completed:

Justiciar Jeremy: "This heathen betrayed my brethren, supported terrorists in our country, murdered our leader, and nearly wiped out our gods!"

If Prophecies has been completed:

Graun Stonefury: "<Player name> killed our leader, slaughtered hundreds of my kin, disrupted our mining facility, and TRESPASSED ON OUR LAND!"

If the War in Kryta has been completed: [verification requested]

Hermeck the Blade: "You! Because of you, I had to follow that psychopath Inquisitor Bauer back and forth across Kryta! I can't unsee the things I saw that man do!"

Reisen the Phoenix: "Wow, this nuisance sure gets around..."
Reisen the Phoenix: "Let's show <Player name> just how much we appreciate their contributions to society. Kill them."
<Player name>: "Well, it's been a really nice party, but it looks like it's time for me to hit the old dusty trail..."

Reward dialogue[edit]

Guardsman Qao Lin
"They are attacking the city NOW!? By the six! I must alert the garrison. Here, take this for supplies. Once you are ready speak with me for orders."


  • Reisen the Phoenix's quote "...An empire for criminals, by criminals!" seems to be a reference to the American clothing and hip hop apparel company FUBU, the company name being acronym for "For Us, By Us".
  • Apep, Unending Night's quote "The world deserves a better class of criminal, and we intend to give it to them" is a reference to one of the Joker's quotes from The Dark Knight: "This town [Gotham] deserves a better class of criminal, and I'm gonna give it to 'em."