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The Bard Queen’s Song: hints and tips

Morbus – your eventual destination in the Fantasy Faire Quest!

Note: This article has been updated to reflect some late-breaking changes to the Quest.

This year, Fantasy Faire once again presents the hunt in an expanded, story-based quest in which visitors to the Fairelands are invited to participate. In previous years, a call has gone to Heroes and Heroines to come to the Bard Queen and assist her in righting wrongs. But this year, it is the Bard Queen herself who has seemingly vanished – and that could be very bad news for the Fairelands!

Watch the trailer to find out more!

 

So – if you’re ready to be the Hero or Heroine – here’s a quick run-down of what to do and what to expect.

A Quick Overview

There are in fact two quests available – the The Bard Queen’s Song, which forms a multi-part adventure, and a treasure hunt.

The Bard Queen’s Song is multi-part, HUD-driven story you can complete in one go, or complete in stages; it is an Experience based activity, so all your progress is automatically saved, even if you remove your HUD. These notes are about this quest.

The treasure hunt involves seeking the treasure chests hidden in each of the Fairelands involved in the hunt (one per region) and touching them to claim your prize. The hunt can be completed before, after or during your progress through The Bard Queen’s Song, or without ever engaging on the main Quest.

Getting Started

First off, you’ll need the Quest HUD. This can be obtained from the kiosks at any of the Faireland realms landing points. Two versions are available:

  • L$250 – provides you with the Standard Quest package with HUD and Farion NPC
  • L$350 – provides you with the Deluxe Quest HUD and Farion NPC, together with a special gift card and male and female costumes so you can be more in character – and it will help you recognise other Adventurers, so you can help and support one another!
The Experience Permissions dialogue

When you have purchased your HUD package and unpack it.

IMPORTANT: if you purchase the Deluxe HUD package you must REZ it to unpack it do not wear it to unpack, as doing so will cause the gift card to be lost.

When you have unpacked the package, wear both the HUD and the Farion NPC (which will sit on your shoulder, but be invisible – it will appear once you have met Farion on the Quest.

As noted above, The Bard Queen’s Song is Experience based. This means that if this is your very first Fantasy Faire Quest, or if you revoked the Fantasy Faire Experience from 2016, you must accept the Experience via ta dialogue similar to the one shown on the right (note that as I never revoked the Fantasy Faire Experience, the image on the right refers to the 2016 Quest – the dialogue box you see will reference The Bard Queen’s Song).

It is essential you accept the Experience by clicking Yes, otherwise it will not work.

If you have previously participated in the 2016 Fantasy Faire Quest and did not subsequently revoke the Experience, you will be automatically accepted into The Bard Queen’s Song without this dialogue appearing.

The HUD

As with most HUD-based activities, the HUD tracks your progress, provides hints, provides access to various options and displays information pertinent to your progress, such as the scrolls shown below.

The Quest HUD (bottom) with clickable options, and showing three of the scroll displays – note the centre one is only display when you first wear the HUD, and explains joining the Experience

The following options are available on the HUD:

  • Teleport – displays the clickable teleport list (shown above right)
  • Sponsors – displays a list of Quest sponsors’ logos
  • Help – provides a note card on using the HUD
  • History – displays dialogue box allowing you to replay the videos (“cutscenes”) which introduce the various parts of the Quest or obtain note cards (“logs”) introducing the various parts of the Quest
  • Lists – displays a list of the Fairelands containing a treasure chest if you’re on the treasure hunt (shown above left). Regions where you have found a chest are greyed-out (as with Mudrana)
  • Setup – offers you a number of settings:
    • SAVE – saves your progress to date in the Quest (which should happen automatically)
    • RELOAD – reloads your progress to data if required – this is sometimes necessary if you crash for any reason while on the Quest
    • RESET – completely resets your status in the Quest, allowing you to start over from the beginning, if you want. Use this option with care, as all your current progress will be lost!

Farion NPC

Make sure you wear the Farion NPC – it will not be visible until you’ve completed your fist task (finding him!) – but one visible, you can touch him at any time for additional clues – some of which will be vital for progress without frustration. Should he turn transparent for any reason, just touch him again to pop him back into view.

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The Quest Begins!

The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen’s Song is now open!

Every landing point in the Fairelands has Quest HUDs available for purchase. There are two HUD-versions:

  • L250: Basic HUD (HUD & the shoulder companion)
  • L350: Deluxe HUD (HUD, the shoulder companion & custom outfit for both men and women)

The custom outfits are created and donated by Silvan Moon Designs, one of our Faire sponsors, and they look absolutely stunning!

The Quest offers you a dragon hoard sized pile of prizes, one per Faireland and then the end treasure from the Faireland creators!

Most importantly, it offers you a chance to be the Hero of the Fairelands and save the Bard Queen! Don’t delay, the days are fleeting and she needs your help! Hints and tips, if you need them are available!

The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen’s Song

The Fairelands Quest: The Tale of the Exiles 2016 – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont.

Every year the Fairelands arrive with a mystery to solve, a quest to challenge brave adventurers, and this year is no different! Last year might have lead you to face a dragon, but this year we (and Farion) have a much bigger problem in our hands.

FARION SUNBREEZE IS A PIXIE WITH A PROBLEM.

His boss has gone missing and he (and The Lads) have come to the conclusion that, while she’s been known to do this sort of thing before, something’s not right about this one. Were Farion a noodle seller from Kakushi Pasu this wouldn’t be a problem, but Farion (and The Lads) work for the Bard Queen – and an absent Bard Queen is bad news for the Fairelands.

So Farion (and, yes, The Lads) have come up with a plan: for Farion (and this is where The Lads backed off a bit) to follow the Bard Queen’s trail, see what she’s been up to and help out if she needs it. If she’s catching some her-time with a fruity beverage in Dawn’s Promise then all’s well, but if the Unweaver has something to do with it…

Well, let’s face it: Farion’s a pixie. Great of heart, but not so much with the sword-arm – even if he did grow up on the wrong side of town. He’s going to need some help. Someone brave, strong, true… and preferably unaware of Farion’s slightly questionable reputation before the Bard Queen hired him.

What Farion needs is a hero.

The Bard Queen’s Song takes you to Morbus, where the Unweaver’s twisted power has turned beauty into chaos and nature against itself. Search among the thorns, avoid the twisted denizens and then on into the Alchemist’s tower to –

What, you were expecting spoilers? For shame! These are the Fairelands, hero; enlightenment only comes to those willing to seek it.