The Village of Everdale
If you've arrived from Wolfenwood, you'll find yourself still on the forested road a short distance from the village of Everdale on the north side of the Farrock Mountain Range. As you approach the town, you'll see the Wolf's Den Inn below the road, and can also examine the sign above it to add Everdale to your quick travel destinations.
|Evardale's Wolf's Den Inn, just off the road from Wolfenwood|
This inn is in the woods beside the road on the western side of Everdale. If you talk to the owner, Travet, you'll have the option of buying and selling, and he'll also tell you that he has an ambition to build a bath house by renovating a ruin near a spring east of the village. However, a monstrous plant (a Sentinel Stalk) has taken root in the ruin and now attacks any one who comes near by spitting barbed projectiles. Travet will consequently offer to reward you if you get rid of the Sentinel Stalk, so that he can safely renovate the ruins. This will initiate the quest "A Weed in the Bath House."
If you're a strict pacifist challenger who will harm no living creature (fair or foul) and wants to avoid even indirect violence, you can skip this quest. (If not, one possible solution that also includes a lot of spoilers is described in the optional "Lycanthrope" subsection.)
Here you'll meet Harpen, the magick dealer who owns and runs the "Wolfsbane Magicks" shop down the road in the middle of the village. If you avoid raising the thorny issue of lycanthropy, you'll be able to deal with him as you would with any other magick dealer, selling him magical items or alchemical reagents, and buying from his varying stock of scrolls, potions, rings, amulets, and other wares. (If you want to consider stepping into pacifist challenge-run grey area, see the separate section on "The Lycanthrope.")
The building next door to the Hunter's Outfitter (just down from the well you can find up the north path in the woods) contains an empty building. No actual NPC seems to live there, but there is an old cryptic treasure map you can find inside, showing a route to a treasure box relative to several landmarks, including three short crags of rock and an old tree stump. To solve this mystery, see the section on the EASTERN FELLPINE FOREST.
|The Hunter's Outfitter|
The last building on the northeast edge of town is Ara's blacksmithing and outfitting shop. If you ask her if she has any work that needs to be done, she'll give you a quest called "Adamantium Ore Else," and ask you to go and look for a specimen of Adamantium ore in the Farrock Caves.
|Ara offers the quest to find a chunk of Adamantium Ore in the caves|
|Route to Farrock Caves via back door exit of the Wolf's Den Inn|
|Entrance to the Farrock Caves, where a path is visible heading into the crags|
After you enter the caves, you'll find yourself in shadowy rock tunnels inhabited by spiders called Phase Hunters, who can be dangerous if they surround you, but can be evaded easily enough with stealth or haste, among other methods. You will notice a number of black powder kegs inside the caves along the walls (e.g. one on the western passage, and two more on the upper northeast passage), and will need at least one if you want to try to exit the caves in the east.
If you want to explore the caves further:
There are many gemstones hidden inside the rock walls of the Farrock Caves. If you have enough Perception and points in the "Spot Hidden" skill when you pass by the edges of the rock walls, you'll see a flash of light and be able to inspect the walls at that place to find large and small emeralds, rubies, and other gems.
|A flash of light when "Spot Hidden" succeeds in finding a hidden gem in the caves|
|A large emerald discovered in the rockfaces of the Farrock Caves|
If you travel all the way to the eastern side of the caves, you'll find a passageway turning sharply south where you can blow open a blocked tunnel to access the lower path of a sandy waterside area where an underground river flows out of the caves through the cave mouth leading to the Northern Farrock Range.
|Exiting the Farrock Caves through the eastern tunnels|
The Southern Caves & Exit to the Farrock Monolith
|The Farrock Monolith|
|Jawbreaker the Blacksmith|