Keeping the Oath


Name: PLD6 - Keeping the Oath
How to begin: talk to Jenlyns in Ul'dah
Areas: Ul'dah, Bluefog

Last quest: Parley on High Ground
Next quest: -

Requirements to sign up: PLD50, Parley on High Ground complete
Required items: -
Reward: Gallant Surcoat, ?


Coming soon


Enemy list
Manipulated Ogre
Manipulated Eye

Once done picking up the quest, you will need a party with at least two tanks, and preferably also two healers. Note that you may end up with many more tanks than that (this is a paladin quest after all! Most people wanting to join will be PLD), but that's alright, although try to make sure there are at least some DDs in the mix. One tank should kite the ogre while the others take down the eye first. When it's down, move on to the ogre - and usual with ogres, beware of attacking it from behind. Other than that, there should be no major difficulties.



Deathly Trap

Jenlyns: Well come, paladin. I had hoped to see you before I left. You remained a true friend, even after the wrongs I did to you, and I owe you my trust. So I will tell you everything I have learned.
After our encounter in the hills, I spent some time in the care of Solkzagyl, recovering from my wounds. As I convalesced, he gave me the true account of what happened these last few years in his solitary war against the Monetarists.
After he went into hiding, he tried to get word to me about what was happening, but I was surrounded by agents in the pay of the Monetarists who kept me isolated and ignorant.
They planted the lie that Solkzagyl was a traitor, and tricked me into tracking him down. I was their puppet, twitching obediently at the end of the strings they pulled.
But when I discovered that Death's Embrace had been behind the demise of my brothers and sisters, they panicked - especially when they found out I had shared the information with you. They set a trap for us, and baited it with the promise of a 'parley' with Solkzagyl.
Solkzagyl was no traitor, as I should well have known. But I allowed myself to be deceived by the whispers of mummers and flatterers, and… No. That was not the way of it. It was not their lies that made me blind, but my desire - nay, obsession to restore our honor.
For the Sultansworn, and all paladins who have bent the knee to a higher cause, honor is a means to an end, not the end itself. I lost sight of that, and in so doing, lost sight of my true duty.
Solkzagyl understood what was happening, and that is why he gave you the Soul of the Paladin. It was a remonstration, a message. Look how adventurers live, he was telling me. Where does their honor, their authority come form?
I owe my position to the machinations of the Monetarists. They calculated that a young captain, eager to prove his loyalty, bound by unquestioning fealty, would be all the easier to control. They were right.
I am a sham and a fake. But the world does not know that, and even the illusion of power is a power of sorts. I can use it to fight back.
I will tell my subordinates that I'm fleeing to the wastelands southeast of Camp Bluefog. When the Monetarists hear of this, as they surely will, they will send assassins after me again.
But when they show their hand, I will stand my ground and fight back.
You offer to fight with me?
Thank you, my friend. You are truly a paladin worthy of the name.
But I cannot in good conscience put you in harm's way anymore. You, too, have become a target of the cabal's assassins.
The odds will be against me, that much is certain. But Solkzagyl has taught me much, and if I am brave and vigilant, I know I can triumph.
I am sorry you have been caught up in our own political struggles. But now, as a paladin, it is time you traveled your own path.
(quest accept)
Jenlyns: Find somewhere safe, go to ground until the battle is done. When I return, I would be honored to meet with you again. I owe you much, and for all my fualts, I would never have it said that I do not pay my debts.

Jenlyns: I am going to the wastelands southeast of Camp Bluefog to bait the Monetarists into attacking me. When I strike back, it will be a call to arms for every loyal brother and sister of the Sultansworn. As for you, it is time you travelled your own path.

Otherworldly Pawns

(you see several ogres and eyes surround Jenlyns and Solkzagyl, and run to their side)
Jenlyns: You as well? I told you to go to ground - this isn't your fight!
First Solkzagyl, now you. Are you both so eager to die?
Solkzagyl: You forget that we are paladins! Wheresoever our duty leads us, we go - and do so of our own free will.
To abide by one's own sense of justice is to embrace the paladin's creed.
Sworn or unsworn, we are paladins true, and the only true oath we swear is the one we swear to ourselves.
Now, come! Let us stand shoulder to shoulder and show the blackhearts the mettle of our souls, and the steel of our swords!
(fight initiated)

(the eye lies defeated. The ogre falls before you)
Solkzagyl: You've done well. You never flinched from your duty, you followed the path you knew you had to take, and you showed us what it means to be a paladin.
And you even managed to prize the scales from Jenlyns's eyes while you were at it. It's been an honor to know you, and to watch you grow.
In any case, today's battle should blunt the Monetarists' dagger, at least for a while. They'll think twice before sending assassins after the Sultansworn again.
I trust you will see to this mess, Jenlyns?
Jenlyns: Yes, sir! I mean, Captain! Please, sir, return to the capital…take up your command again. The burden - it is too much for the likes of me…
Solkzagyl: The Monetarists may have stolen Oathkeeper, but oaths are not forged in steel - they are sworn in the heart.
You never betrayed your oaths, Jenlyns. And as for your leadership, well, ask this paladin if he learned anything from you.
No matter what the circumstances, once a man has left the Sultansworn, he cannot return. No, I followed my own path, and on it I will stay.
Jenlyns: …I have followed you since the day I vowed to join the ranks of the Sultansworn. Has the time come for me to stop following, and begin to lead…?
Thank you for coming. Once again, you have placed me in your debt. See me in the city when you return - I will have something for you.

Breaking Tradition

Jenlyns: Well come, paladin. These have been troubled times for the Sultansworn, and you have served us loyally.
You did what was just, followed the paladin way, and defended the weak and needy. You are a true oathkeeper.
Honor and right were yours from the very beginning, and that is what made you strong. Strong enough to defeat me.
The sword Oathkeeper has yet to be found, but I have come to realize that I do not need it - nay, not to lead the Sultansworn nor to restore its good name. The oaths we keep are in our hearts, not in hallowed blades.
Solkzagyl has left to wander the nations of Eorzsea. He is a man of honor, and unless I am very much mistaken, he will continue to look for the Oathkeeper that was gifted by our ruler centuries ago.
I shall continue to serve Ul'dah as one of the Sultansworn. You shall defend the people of Eorzea as a free paladin.
Our paths diverge now, but we shall forever be bound by the oaths we keep in our hearts…
Ah, but listen to me! Noble words aren't much good to an adventurer who has to face monsters and menaces out in the real world. Fortunately, I have something that will serve you rather better…
This sacred armor has been kept within the Sultansworn for many generations. It was given only to those Sultansworn who had, through feats of arms and deeds of great courage, earned the prviilege to wear it.
But something tells me that, for the first time since it left the armorer's forge, this armor should go to someone who is not of the Sultansworn. If I allowed myself to be a slave to tradition, the paladin who deserves it the most would never wear it!
Now wouldn't that be a waste of fine plate?
Just one thing - if anyone asks where you got it, you mustn't say it was me!
(obtain Gallant Surcoat)

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