Guide: Air Saga – Arc 1: Rites

Rift Air Saga Arc 1 Guide

The first arc begins by speaking to either Cyril Kalmer in Sanctum (Guardians) or with Asha Catari in Meridian (Defiants). The quests are Level 32 and are obtainable at Level 28.

Completing the final quest “Welcome to the Fight” will give you the achievement “Winter Is… On Its Way” and reward you the title: “of the Icewatch”.

Table of Contents:

  • Quest 1: Might of the Icewatch
  • Quest 1a: Keepers of the Storm
  • Quest 1b: Guest Instructor
  • Quest 1bi: Fortify the Defenses
  • Quest 1bii: Train the Recruits
  • Quest 2: Rite of the Body
  • Quest 3: Rite of the Mind
  • Quest 4: Rite of the Spirit
  • Quest 5: Rite of the Forge
  • Quest 6: Welcome to the Fight
  • End of Air Saga – Arc 1: Rites

Quest 1: Might of the Icewatch

This is the quest that starts the first Arc. Speak to Cyril Kalmer in Sanctum (Guardians) or with Asha Catari in Meridian (Defiants) to start this quest.

Objectives

– Complete the Icewatch quest “Keepers of the Storm”.
– Complete the Icewatch quest “Guest Instructor”.
– Speak with the Lord-Protector of the Icewatch when you have Decorated notoriety with the Icewatch.
– Speak to Master-at-Arms Ramos.

Walkthrough

Some players may have already done “Keepers of the Storm” and “Guest Instructor”. In that case, it’ll skip straight to “Speak with the Lord-Protector of the Icewatch when you have Decorated notoriety with the Icewatch”.

– Complete the Icewatch quest “Keepers of the Storm”.

To complete the Icewatch quest “Keepers of the Storm”, speak to Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors. Check below for the walkthrough.

– Complete the Icewatch quest “Guest Instructor”.

To complete the Icewatch quest “Keepers of the Storm”, speak to Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors. Check below for the walkthrough.

– Speak with the Lord-Protector of the Icewatch when you have Decorated notoriety with the Icewatch.

lordprotectornervalspeech

You will need Decorated with the Icewatch in order to speak to Lord-Protector Nerval to progress this quest. [Location: Lord-Protector Nerval.]

You can do some of the daily quests, carnage quests and Iron Pine Peak storyline quests offered in the Chancel of Labors to increase your Icewatch notoriety.

– Speak to Master-at-Arms Ramos.

Speak to Master-at-Arms Ramos at (4529, 1711) to complete this quest.

Reward

10 Plaque of the Mountaineer, 1 Pure Crystallized Insight, 4,320XP. 18g 82s. 750 Icewatch.

Quest 1a: Keepers of the Storm

Speak with Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors at Iron Pine Peak.

Objectives

– Ask Lord-Protector Nerval about the Icewatch.
– Ask Lord-Protector Nerval about his role.
– Speak with Luminary Yentia.
– Speak with Archivist Aristoi.
– Speak with Forgemaster Recklen.
– Return to Lord-Protector Nerval at the Chancel of Labors.

Walkthrough

– Ask Lord-Protector Nerval about the Icewatch.

Speak to Lord-Protector Nerval and choose the “What is the Icewatch?” option.

– Ask Lord-Protector Nerval about his role.

Speak to Lord-Protector Nerval and choose the “What is your position in the Icewatch?” option.

– Speak with Luminary Yentia.
– Speak with Archivist Aristoi.
– Speak with Forgemaster Recklen.

Speak with each NPC that is marked by a speech bubble in the Chancel of Labors.

– Return to Lord-Protector Nerval at the Chancel of Labors.

Return to Lord-Protector Nerval to complete this quest.

Reward

3,060 XP + 12g 60s + 300 Icewatch Notoriety.

Quest 1b: Guest Instructor

Speak with Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors at Iron Pine Peak. He’ll now have a new quest “Guest Instructor (Story)”.

Objectives

– Speak with Master-at-Arms Ramos.
– Help train the Icewatch Recruits.
– Help fortify the Chancel defenses.
– Return to Master-at-Arms Ramos.

Walkthrough

– Speak with Master-at-Arms Ramos.

Speak with Master-at-Arms Ramos outside the front gate of the Chancel of Labors at (4529, 1711).

– Help train the Icewatch Recruits.
– Help fortify the Chancel defenses.

Speak to Master-at-Arms Ramos again to receive two additional quests, “Fortify the Defenses (Story)” and “Train the Recruits (Story)” which will help complete this quest.

– Return to Master-at-Arms Ramos.

Return to Master-at-Arms Ramos after you’ve completed the two side-quests above.

Reward

Choice of beginner Chest piece + 3,060 XP + 12g 60s+ 300 Icewatch Notoriety.

Quest 1bi: Fortify the Defenses

Speak with Master-at-Arms Ramos at (4529, 1711). This quest is part of the objective to completing “Quest 1b: Guest Instructor”.

Objectives

– Place Ballista
– Place Barricades 0/3
– Recruit Soldiers to man the defenses 0/2
– Return to Master-At-Arms Ramos at the Chancel of Labors

Walkthrough

– Place Ballista
– Place Barricades 0/3
– Recruit Soldiers to man the defenses 0/2

ballistas1

There will be map-markers near Master-at-Arms Ramos on your mini-map. Click on a green magic symbol on the ground to place the Ballista, then place the barricades and recruit soldiers using the green symbols on the ground.

Tip: Don’t stand directly on top of the green symbols when you are interacting with them. Sometimes (especially the Ballista placement), you may end up falling through the ground.

– Return to Master-At-Arms Ramos at the Chancel of Labors

Return to Master-At-Arms Ramos.

Reward

Choice of beginner Chest piece + 3,060 XP + 12g 60s + 300 Icewatch Notoriety.

Quest 1bii: Train the Recruits

Speak with Master-at-Arms Ramos at (4529, 1711). This quest is part of the objective to completing “Quest 1b: Guest Instructor”.

Objectives

– Speak to an Oathbound Trainer
– Demonstrate a proper Combat Stance
– Demonstrate a basic Thrust attack
– Demonstrate how to Parry an attack
– Demonstrate a more advanced Swipe attack
– Demonstrate a more advanced Cleave attack
– Demonstrate a more advanced Kick attack
– Demonstrate to the recruits your Battle Cry
– Return to Master-at-Arms Ramos at the Chancel of Labors

Walkthrough

– Speak to an Oathbound Trainer

The Oathbound Trainers have speech bubbles above their heads (and on the mini-map). Speak to them to receive a Reactive Bar.

trainoathboundquest

– Demonstrate a proper Combat Stance
– Demonstrate a basic Thrust attack
– Demonstrate how to Parry an attack
– Demonstrate a more advanced Swipe attack
– Demonstrate a more advanced Cleave attack
– Demonstrate a more advanced Kick attack
– Demonstrate to the recruits your Battle Cry

The reactive buttons will become Active as the training progresses. Simply click on the active ones (it goes from left to right) to progress the quest.

– Return to Master-at-Arms Ramos at the Chancel of Labors

Return to Master-At-Arms Ramos.

Reward

Choice of beginner Chest piece + 3,060 XP + 12g 60s + 300 Icewatch Notoriety.

Quest 2: Rite of the Body

Speak with Master-at-Arms Ramos at (4529, 1711) to start this quest.

Objectives

– Light the first Icewatch Checkpoint Beacon
– Light the second Icewatch Checkpoint Beacon
– Light the third Icewatch Checkpoint Beacon
– Light the fourth Icewatch Checkpoint Beacon
– Light the fifth Icewatch Checkpoint Beacon
– Light the last Icewatch Checkpoint Beacon
– Return to Master-at-Arms Ramos outside the Chancel of Labors.
– Speak with Luminary Yentia in the Chancel of Labors.

Walkthrough

RiteoftheBodylocationmarkersGo to the areas indicated on the map surrounding the frozen lake outside Chancel of Labors. Click on the bonfires to light them. An add will spawn at each bonfire. There’s an approx. 15min timer – you should have plenty of time though to complete them all.

– Return to Master-at-Arms Ramos outside the Chancel of Labors.

You will need to return to Master-at-Arms Ramos. Note that the timer is still running for this part.

– Speak with Luminary Yentia in the Chancel of Labors.

Speak to Luminary Yentia at (4551, 1622) to complete the quest.

Reward

10 Plaque of the Mountaineer + 1 Pure Crystallized Insight + 5,640 XP + 31g 91s + 750 Icewatch Notoriety.

Quest 3: Rite of the Mind

Speak to Luminary Yentia at (4551, 1622) to start the quest.

Objectives

– Mentally prepare for the exam at the Icewatch Study Podium.
– Answer Archivist Aristoi’s question correctly.
– Return to Luminary Yentia in the Chancel of Labors.

Walkthrough

annals

First up, there are glowing books all around the ground floor library in the Chancel of Labors called Annals. You can pick them up and they’ll be added to your inventory. Right-click on the book in your inventory to collect it.

annals2

There are a total of 5 of these Annals that you can read up on to answer the single question that Archivist Aristoi asks. To read a book you have collected, go to your Character Window (default key “c“) and click on the Books tab.

Note: Once you have picked up a book, the book may still glow in the open world, but if you click on it again you won’t receive anything.

– Mentally prepare for the exam at the Icewatch Study Podium.

studypodium

Underneath the Chancel of Labors down the stairs to the sides of the middle of the Chancel of Labors is where you’ll find the Icewatch Study Podiums on either end of the basement library. Click on one of them to begin casting a studying channel. Allow the channel to end to progress the quest.

Troubleshooting: You may experience a ‘Rite of the Mind bug’. If you can’t go downstairs because the stairways are blocked by portals – this is caused by a temporary event for one of the Iron Pine Peak quests that somebody else (or yourself) have started. Dev Tacitus has stated that for some shards this quest can occasionally become ‘stuck’ and not reset.

Contact a GM via the in-game report feature or PM Dev Tacitus to ask for a reset. [r]

– Answer Archivist Aristoi’s question correctly.

archivist aristoi

Speak to Archivist Aristoi who is right next to Luminary Yentia on the ground floor of the Chancel of Labors and answer his question correctly. He will ask one of many questions. If you get the wrong answer you will have to repeat the quest so choose carefully.

You can either read the Annals to find the answer, or use the following ‘Cheat Sheet’.

Rite of the Mind Cheat Sheet
Archivist Aristoi Answers.

Question: Who was the first to bear the title of Champion?
Answer: Vachir Altan

Question: How was Warlord Borte related to another great Telaran leader?
Answer: She was the daughter of the Bahmi Shalastir leader

Question: Who fixed into place the keystone to Crucia’s prison?
Answer: Phynnious Rothmann

Question: What famous marksman came from the village of Whitefall?
Answer: Gisa Malik

Question: Who was the last of the Valnir clan to fall when the Storm Legion swept through Iron Pine Peak?
Answer: Ekkehard Valnir

Question: Gisa Malik became renown for her skills as a what?
Answer: Marksman

Question: Who was the general leading the forces that took the Storm Legion strongholds here in the Iron Pine Peaks?
Answer: Warlord Borte

Question: Who was beaten and left for dead in the snow by the Storm Legion before being granted Shamanistic power through his faith in Thedeor?
Answer: Ekkehard Valnir

Question: Who were Phynnious Rothmann’s people?
Answer: The Northman tribes of Mathosia

Question: Who slew Crucia’s whelp Arconis, known as the Bane of Kerenton?
Answer: Vachir Altan

Note: This may not be all the questions. If you find a question that isn’t on this list, it would be greatly appreciated if you could write the question and answer down in the comments section.

– Return to Luminary Yentia in the Chancel of Labors.

Return to Luminary Yentia at (4551, 1622) to complete the quest.

Reward

10 Plaque of the Mountaineer + 1 Pure Crystallized Insight + 5,640 XP + 31g 91s + 750 Icewatch Notoriety.

Quest 4: Rite of the Spirit

Speak to Luminary Yentia at (4551, 1622) to start the quest.

Objectives

– Sit in contemplation on the edge of the Cloudbourne Tarn.
– Witness a vision regarding the Icewatch.
– Kill Rod’gha.
– Describe your vision to Lord-Protector Nerval in the Chancel of Labors.

Walkthrough

– Sit in contemplation on the edge of the Cloudbourne Tarn.

solemncontemplation

The location where you have to contemplate is outside the front gate of the Chancel of Labors at (4479, 1723).

A blue magic circle will appear. Stand on it and you will receive a reactive ability called “Solemn Contemplation”. Click on it and channel for the full 7 seconds to progress this quest.

You will be ported to an story version of Exodus of the Storm Queen instance.

– Witness a vision regarding the Icewatch.

Watch the roleplay in the Exodus of the Storm Queen instance by walking to the marker on the mini-map right in front of the burning building (the one with blue flames).

– Kill Rod’gha.

Rod’gha spawns in the same location where you activate the roleplay. Kill him to progress the story.

– Describe your vision to Lord-Protector Nerval in the Chancel of Labors.

purpleportalchancel

Exit the instance via the purple swirling portal back in the entrance to Chancel of Labors and speak to Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors to complete this quest.

Reward

10 Plaque of the Mountaineer + 1 Pure Crystallized Insight + 5,640 XP + 31g 91s + 750 Icewatch Notoriety.

Quest 5: Rite of the Forge

Speak to Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors to start this quest.

Objectives

– Collect Blood Iron Ore at the Blood Iron Pools 0/8.
– Collect Rough Windstone from Air rifts that grant experience 0/5.
– Collect an Aqueous Aether from a Aqueous Vortex in the Crystal Depths.
– Return to Lord-Protector Nerval in the Chancel of Labors.

Walkthrough

– Collect an Aqueous Aether from a Aqueous Vortex in the Crystal Depths.

chargedcrystal

The Aqueous Aether is obtained from an Aqueous Vortex inside the Crystal Depths cave to the south-east of the Chancel of Labors.

You summon the Aqueous Vortex by breaking Infused, Charged and Unstable Shards within the cave. Each time you smash one of the crystals, a Vortex will appear. Doesn’t matter which one as it’s a random chance that the Aqueous Vortex will appear. All other times a Crystal Vortex will appear that doesn’t give the quest item.

– Collect Blood Iron Ore at the Blood Iron Pools 0/8.

Collect 8x Blood Iron Ores at the Blood Iron Pools. [Location].

bloodironore

Note: The Blood Iron Pools is a location and doesn’t actually refer to the pools themselves. The Blood Iron Ores are located in the cave in the left marker area and around the dark rocks in the right marker area.

The Blood Iron Ores have a fixed range of spawns up at any one time. The two areas marked on the map share a single ‘network’ so if one gets over-farmed, the other one will be filled with nodes. [r]

So, if you see a ton of people in the cave, head for the other area.

– Collect Rough Windstone from Air rifts that grant experience 0/5.

roughwindstone

Close Air Rifts that grant experience. You don’t have to complete Stage 5. If the rift’s timer runs out at Stage 3 and you close the Rift at Stage 3, you will also gain the quest item. Quest item will appear in your loot bag when you close an Air Rift that grants experience.

Note: Make sure you are mentored down properly and are there to close the rift.

This is one of the only quests where you might need to consider mentoring down. The mob’s level must not be grayed out to you.

setmentorlevel

To mentor down, right-click your portrait’s character level and choose “Set Ascended Mentor level”, then choose your desired level. Something around -2 to +2 level of the mobs in the Air rift should be fine.

To return to your actual, non-mentored level, right-click your portrait’s character level and choose “Clear Ascended Mentor level”.

– Return to Lord-Protector Nerval in the Chancel of Labors.

Return to Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors to complete this quest.

Reward

10 Plaque of the Mountaineer + 1 Pure Crystallized Insight + 5,640 XP + 31g 91s + 750 Icewatch Notoriety.

Quest 6: Welcome to the Fight

Speak to Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors to start this quest.

Objectives

– Use the Forge Tools to help create a newly smithed weapon 0%.
– Return to Lord-Protector Nerval in the Chancel of Labors.

Walkthrough

– Use the Forge Tools to help create a newly smithed weapon 0%.

forgetools

The Forge Tools are located at the Forge right behind Nerval. Walk up the ramp to the top where the two smiths are. Click on the Chancel of Labor Forge Tools and the NPCs will help forge the weapon 20% at a time. Just keep clicking the Forge Tools as they become interactable to progress this quest.

– Return to Lord-Protector Nerval in the Chancel of Labors.

Return to Lord-Protector Nerval at (4633, 1542) in the Chancel of Labors to complete this quest.

Reward

Weapon of choice + 10 Plaque of the Mountaineer + 1 Pure Crystallized Insight + 6,480 XP + 22g 58s + 1500 Icewatch Notoriety.

Achieve: “Winter is… On Its Way” with the title reward: “of the Icewatch”.

End of Air Saga – Arc 1: Rites

Completing the final quest “Welcome to the Fight”  concludes ‘Arc 1: Rites’ of the Air Saga and gives you the achievement “Winter Is… On Its Way” and reward you the title: “of the Icewatch”.

Click below for a guide to Arc 2: Chekaroth:

You can also return to the main Air Saga World Event Guide:

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15 Comments on “Guide: Air Saga – Arc 1: Rites”

  1. DaShiznit
    February 13, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    You might want to mention that the Air Rifts to be closed must be in IPP, I did some in Brevane (at my level) and got nada for it.

    • February 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Hmm, that’s interesting. I did some in Droughtlands and got the quest reward. Perhaps it’s a Mathosia-only thing? Thanks for the heads up, I’ll give that a mention. 😀

    • February 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      Untrue. I completed mine in Ashora with no difficulties.

  2. Jappi
    February 17, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    Did my Air Rifts in Ashora, confirm

  3. black
    March 14, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    god damn it how does that Quest 4: Rite of the Spirit work? im standing on the sopot and nothing’s happen someone help me out?

    • March 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

      Try going out of the magic circle and back into it and waiting a bit. There may be a delay on the reactive ability appearing. If the reactive ability doesn’t appear, try abandoning the quest and getting the quest again from Luminary Yentia.
      What is supposed to happen is that after you use the reactive, you’ll be ported to an instance that looks exactly like the Chancel. If trying to adjust your standing position and waiting for the reactive to appear or going in and out (or abandoning and re-taking the quest) doesn’t work – contact a GM in-game to see if they can find a fix for you.

  4. Pat
    April 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    i can’t seem to study for the test. I have all five books but i can’t enter the room under the stairs.
    any ideas?

    • April 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

      That strange. You don’t need to even pick up the books for this quest – it’s purely optional (though it helps for answering the question). Is there a barrier or something at the end of the stairs? I’ve never heard that problem occur. Try abandoning the quest – talking to Luminary Yentia again and see if that allows you to go downstairs again.

    • Pat
      April 11, 2014 at 4:13 am #

      Yeah there’s a purple portal at the bottom of each stairs which prevents me from entering. And yeah i’ve tried abandoning it and restarting to no avail. 😦

    • April 11, 2014 at 5:19 am #

      I did a bit of checking myself – I went to the Chancel of Labors with one of my low-level alts who has never been to IPP (thus hasn’t picked up or done any of the quests there). There were no portals and I was able to get into the Scriptorium (the basement) with no issues.

      Perhaps check your quest log and see if there are any other Iron Pine Peak quests that could be temporarily interfering with your ability to go down there. Perhaps one of the quests is temporarily blocking you from entering.

      If that doesn’t work, contact a GM in-game via the “?” button in the mini menu-bar and selecting “Contact Game Master”.

    • April 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      Hey Pat, just an update – Dev Tacitus has responded to a few threads on the forums stating that those portals blocking the area is due to an end-of-zone Iron Pine Peak Quest event that is supposed to reset but didn’t on certain shards. Tacitus has gone ahead and reset them.

      If it isn’t fixed yet, try throwing a PM or reply to Tacitus on this thread here: http://forums.riftgame.com/general-discussions/general-discussion/423844-bug-chance-labor.html#post4765034

  5. Pat
    April 24, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    awesome thanks for the reply mate!

  6. usws
    May 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    To collect Shale Caps (for Guardians), there are precisely 6 in a Cave at Tearfall Creek (it shows on the map, but go downwards instead of up the hill)

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