The Mother Lode

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The Mother Lode
Level: 48
Preceded by:
Followed by:
Given by: Discarded Journal (1944, 831)
Starts in: Icespire Peak
Also occurs in: Protector Ridge
Ends in: Icespire Peak
Turn in to: Vaile Birchsmith
Rewards: 1,761 XP 7 Silver 12 Copper
Duration: {{{duration}}}

Objective[edit | edit source]

  • Follow the Trail of Axes to find the Mother Lode.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Discarded Journal
The final entry in this miner's journal reads:

The filthy little goblins are coming, and just when I finally struck it big! Found the ruby the size of me head encased in ice, but I wasn't able to cut it free in time. I'm retreating back to Torunedar with the others, but I'm not a fool. On me way out I left me best set of axes behind to point the way to the ruby. I'll leave me journal next to the last of them.

If you can read common and you're no friend of the goblins, follow me axes and find the ruby. If you succeed and bring me the gem I'll reward you well!

-Vaile Birchsmith

Steps[edit | edit source]

  • Read a Discarded Journal (1944, 831)
  • Follow the Axe Trail
  • Retrieve The Massive Ruby (2184, 638)
  • Bring the Ruby to Vaile Birchsmith

Completion[edit | edit source]

Vaile Birchsmith
Well I'll be, you struck the mother lode alright! As I promised in my journal, I'll split the bounty with you. I did find it first, after all...

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

To save time this quest is best paired with Prisoners of War quest as it's objective's locations are right around the path for this quest.

Near the north west end of Prospector's Ridge as you enter the area following the road on the left is a square pillar and on the right a boulder. You will find the Discarded Journal (1944, 831). Interact with the journal to start the quest. The trail of axes leads south and south east of the journal. They aren't too easily spotted. The Massive Ruby (2184, 638) is lodged into the rock face just past the last axe in the trail. Interact with it to progress the quest to bring the ruby to Vaile Birchsmith.

Axe Coordinates:

  • Small axe on ground since started quest The Mother Lode. (1944, 799)
  • Small axe on rock with white plant. (1946, 751)
  • Small axe on Tree. (1979, 703)
  • Big axe on the cut tree from prison peoples by Frost Goblins. (2088, 699)
  • Small axes on wood box, and ground at freeze waterfall. (2112, 638 & 2141, 632)
  • Big axe inside freeze waterfall. (2185, 638)
  • Small axe and Massive Ruby. (2184, 638)