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Where is the Foreign Merchant in the Protector's Bounty quest?

odnnauqodnnauq Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 67 Arc User
I rode to all 3 locations and there are people there and there are no merchant. Is it bugged? This is cruel.

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  • plasticbatplasticbat Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 9,691 Arc User
    Did you check the map? May be the merchant is on route. May be the merchant has not pop'ed. Of course, it can be bugged too.
  • paurho802paurho802 Member Posts: 6 Arc User
    30 Minutes at Blacklake and no show
  • wrathofall#7962 wrathofall Member Posts: 27 Arc User
    Found it at my guild but the mobs way overpowered me. Then killed him. Try again tomorrow. Looks like you only get one shot a day. I'm so WEAK!!!
  • kreatyvekreatyve Member, Neverwinter Moderator, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 10,488 Community Moderator
    edited June 2018
    It does appear to be bugged on a few instances. Please change instances. They are investigating.
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  • paurho802paurho802 Member Posts: 6 Arc User
    After waiting 40 minutes I changed instances several times but no luck. Ebon Downs seems to be behaving itself better than Blacklake.
  • robai#6206 robai Member Posts: 292 Arc User
    I thought it's the one that you protect in your Stronghold. It can be summoned elsewhere?
  • ilithynilithyn Member Posts: 452 Arc User
    @kreatyve It's more than a few.
    All the current nine (9) instances in Whispering Cavers are bugged out. The merchant has arrived at his destination but does not respawn at the point of origin. Five instances in Blacklake District ditto as well as at least seven (out of the fourteen existing) in Ebon Downs. That is not a few. Especially when you consider that it takes two minutes to change instances due to the cooldown, this quest is currently undoable.
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  • paurho802paurho802 Member Posts: 6 Arc User
    @"robai#6206" Only the stronghold one has to be summoned and that has an intentionally long cooldown and you need the quest to trigger it. The other zones are meant to just respawn so if you miss one another one is meant to be along in a few minutes. But the instances are stuck and the merchant is not respawning.
  • wrathofall#7962 wrathofall Member Posts: 27 Arc User
    But I only get the quest from a box drop and it's always for the stronghold. What is the name of the quest? Bugger!
  • paurho802paurho802 Member Posts: 6 Arc User
    Protector's Bounty (Repeatable)
  • wrathofall#7962 wrathofall Member Posts: 27 Arc User
    edited June 2018
    Wait! Ebon Downs is working great!

    Finally got an epic mount :)
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  • wylonuswylonus Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 2,367 Arc User
    edited June 2018
    ebon down is working, but not all zones.
    but they do have problem with merchants, loots appear little too slow, not enough time to gather my loot and it just take off too soon, it move little fast than it was suppose as last year, as i remember from last year it was on track and amount of time pause to give folks to collect loot rewards.
    now i am sick of catching up, PLEASE make it slow down just a bit, since loots pop too slow.
    Post edited by wylonus on
  • sandukutupusandukutupu Member Posts: 2,269 Arc User
    I was in Blacklake jumping every 2 minutes. No luck so I heading over to Ebon Downs and landed in his instance. I was on as my TR, I didn't have any issues keeping up... but TR with movement buffs.
  • plasticbatplasticbat Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 9,691 Arc User
    I don't see the speed difference. I played 3 toons and they have no problem to pick up loot and catch up. In the worst situation, I can always ride the mount.
  • adinosiiadinosii Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 4,294 Arc User
    Whispering Caverns and Blacklake seem to have a problem - if you enter a fresh instance, you will find the merchant and you can escort him just fine, but he does not seem to respawn. Ebon Downs does not seem to have that problem ... so, just go there.
    Hoping for improvements...
  • paurho802paurho802 Member Posts: 6 Arc User
    Not all the Ebon Downs instances are trouble fee.
  • rifter1969rifter1969 Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 516 Arc User
    Don't know if this will help...

    I ran the quest last night.
    Blacklake: In two different instances, the foreign merchant was not at the starting location. when I check the map, the merchant's icon was at the end spot. But when you go to that location, the merchant isnt even visable.

    Whispering Caverns: Only tried one instance, but it had the same result as Blacklake, the merchant's icon is on the map but at the finish.

    Ebon Downs: Only tried one instance, but this one was working. When I checked the map, I saw the merchant's icon, and it was moving along its path towards the finish.

    So I was able to complete the quest, and escort the merchant all the way to to the finish.

    But I did notice as someone above mentioned, the merchant after being accosted by bad guys, starts moving again pretty quickly, just like Linu did in the Maze Engine quest at The Chasm.
  • dragondreads#8787 dragondreads Member Posts: 6 Arc User
    Yesterday spent 30 min in ED waiting for the merchant on #1 and #15 along with a huge group of others, none popped. Blacklake on #1 nothing. Got frustrated and signed out.
  • pitshadepitshade Member Posts: 5,237 Arc User
    If you go to an instance and see that the merchant is at the destination area, then it is bugged. If they are at the start, then it isnt bugged. Upon reaching the destination, they should despawn quickly and reappear at the start.

    If working correctly, someone has tonuse Protection Orders to start them again. You get the orders from the inital box you open but they are a random drop from the box after that. With enough people in the instance, someone should always be able to restart the merchant.

    The bug is alleged to be deliberate on the part of some players. I won't elaborate for obvious reasons.
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  • cdnbisoncdnbison Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 806 Arc User

    Found it at my guild but the mobs way overpowered me. Then killed him. Try again tomorrow. Looks like you only get one shot a day. I'm so WEAK!!!

    Not quite. You can only get the quest from the protectors bounty boxes, though, and can only carry one at a time. So, the moment you get a scroll, stop opening the boxes, and start the quest (best done at your stronghold, with a group). Once you've used your scroll, open bounty boxes until you get another. Repeat.

    The nice thing about doing it in a group at your guild is that the boxes will keep piling up, but you won't have to burn through all yours to get another scroll. And you'll get many more boxes on each trip with the merchant. I ended up with 35 in under an hour with some guildies.

  • swamarianswamarian Member Posts: 36 Arc User
    Both yesterday and today, I went to Ebon Downs, started riding towards the merchant, and got "Quest Completed". Never saw the dude.
    Then today, a guild mate and I did the mission in our stronghold, and I backtracked to pick up the loot that I'd dropped. There was another merchant standing there waiting patiently, which neither one of us had spawned.
  • wrathofall#7962 wrathofall Member Posts: 27 Arc User
    But when you do manage to find one that works, great source for boxes!
  • drartwhodentdrartwhodent Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 249 Arc User
    swamarian said:

    Both yesterday and today, I went to Ebon Downs, started riding towards the merchant, and got "Quest Completed". Never saw the dude.
    Then today, a guild mate and I did the mission in our stronghold, and I backtracked to pick up the loot that I'd dropped. There was another merchant standing there waiting patiently, which neither one of us had spawned.

    Yes. The merchant will automatically respawn in the SH - and supposed to in all the other places, but he won't move until someone with the quest talks to him.
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  • baucoinbaucoin Member Posts: 39 Arc User
    This same bug was around last year. Shame they didn't fix it. :'(
  • wrathofall#7962 wrathofall Member Posts: 27 Arc User
    It was a box with many choices. I chose the drake. Dont know the name of the box.
  • cdnbisoncdnbison Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 806 Arc User
    Sounds like a glorious resurgence pack then - even better! What'd you end up choosing?
  • wylonuswylonus Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 2,367 Arc User
    forgien merchants need to slow down a bit to allow players to gather rewards, or make renowns or purple drops as automatic, since it walking too fast. too much clickfest and players get in the way.
  • mithrosnomoremithrosnomore Member Posts: 674 Arc User
    You can do the mission multiple times.

    It completes for me in strange ways sometimes, like just standing around at the entry point of Blacklake with no merchant in sight, but you can make run after run with the merchant to earn some extra boxes or reknown.
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