Main Walkthrough

Location: Northreach
Petitioner: Isabelle
Unlocked: Complete Through the Maelstrom
Reward: 15 Steelsilk, 15 Bloody Hides, 1 Meteorite, 30 Renown, 1,500 gil

In order to unlock this side quest you need to complete Through the Maelstrom, a main story quest that will take you out to sea. Return to the Hideaway and Duty Undying will be waiting, elsewhere in the world.

Travel to Northreach and head to the Veil, where you'll find Isabelle in her customary spot out front. The High Cardinal of the empire - now the Duke of Oriflamme - has arrived in Northreach, and he plans to turn it into a fortress, at the expense of the residents. Nothing Isabelle can do will dissuade the duke, and she asks Clive to speak to him on her behalf.

Head to the Imperial Training Grounds on the west side of Northreach. The duke is standing in the middle of the grounds, and coming anywhere near him will trigger a cut scene - one in which it is clear the duke is going ahead with his plans regardless.

Once the cut scene is over you'll need to speak to three of Northreach's townsfolk, all of them down in the Markets:

  • The first, an Inn Hand, is standing next to the Merchant's stall by the Northreach Obelisk.
  • The second, an Alemonger, is running a stall just south of the main entrance to the town.
  • The third, a Chocobokeeper, is in front of the Chocobo stables on the west side of the Markets.
None of the townsfolk are happy, which is no surprise. Next you need to speak to some soldiers, all inside the walls of Northreach.
  • The first, a Townsperson, is on a street just west of the Veil.
  • The second, a Cynical Soldier, is standing near a crowd on the south end of the Imperial Training Grounds.
  • The third, a Serious Soldier, is on a balcony in the north of the Imperial Training Ground.

After you've spoken to the soldiers you'll need to find Philippe, their captain. He's standing by his Chocobo in the Royal Meadows, just north of Northreach. Chat with him, then return to Isabelle to wrap up the quest... at least for now.

Main Walkthrough