THE WESTERN ARMY CAMP
The commanders at this camp appear to have a problem with deserters. However, investigating both cases will reveal more nuances to both stories:
Evon Creos will give you the quest "A Deserting Soldier," sending you to find a deserter named Arion Theries, who you'll find at the Leaning Elm Inn. Rathern than intending to desert, Theries actually lost his armor gambling, and is convinced that he was swindled by a thief named Aristo Radeias.
|Arion Theries tells his tale of the lost armor|
Captain Spirk: "The Two Deserters"
Spirk is yet another army officer concerned with deserters, but he's even worse than Creos: He wants the two men accused of desertion murdered as punishment. As usual, you can still get the quest even with no intention of carrying through with the assassination...
|Wilcor Fox tells his side of the story...|
|After letting Wilcor Fox go free, you can bring his braid back to Captain Spirk and lie (claiming to have killed Fox) in order to collect the bounty of gold coins...|
This army camp is a bit more high-spirited than the Western Camp, and offers the pacifist challenger the following quests:
Marco Rivdal: "Theft of Some Underpants"
While the army commanders at the Western Camp are busy giving soldiers 100 lashes or hatching murder plots against their own men, the soldiers of the Western Camp have put together a collection to reward anyone bold enough to steal their base Commander's underpants from the riverside laundry camp.
Rek Crooket: "Deliver a Letter"
You'll meet Commander Drak himself near the south wall of the camp, after a soldier named Rek Crooket (near the gate) engages you to deliver a letter for him. However, Commander Drak declares the letter to be a forgery, threatening to imprison you unless you agree to help him with a striclty confidential undertaking: Secretly bring him three bottles of spirits, without telling any of his men.
To accomplish this, you'll need to get the password from Rek Crooket, and then deliver the phrase to Samuel the Smuggler, in order to get him to admit that he has the merchandise for sale. After you purchase the three bottles from the smuggler, return them to Drak to be rewarded with some experience points.
Xyros will give you a quest to hunt down a strange and clever lone orc trapper, who is murdering sodliers form the camp by setting an array of deadly traps. The orc apparently initials his traps with symbols resembling a U and Y, so they call him "Ugly." You can find Ugly's camp fairly nearby around some boulders. (It might be possible to lure him back to the army camp to let the soldiers deal with him, but we didn't try it.)
|The orc trapper "Ugly." (If you have enough stealth skill you can still raid his chests without starting a fight.)|