The Instruments of Our Deliverance

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The Instruments of Our Deliverance

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Quest giver
Minfilia Warde
The Rising Stones (X:6.1, Y:5.2)
Quest line
Seventh Astral Era Main Scenario Quests
Experience 2,340
Gil 3,108
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Main Scenario QuestA Simple Plan
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Main Scenario QuestThe Road Less Traveled

Main Scenario Progress: 213 / 953 (22.4%)


A Realm Reborn Progress: 213 / 241 (88.4%)


A plan has been devised, and Minfilia would have it carried out without further delay.

— In-game description




Despite the (Hard) in the name, the trial is not actually more difficult than any other story-mode trial. It is easily completed blind with the Duty Finder.

Minfilia is in The Solar.



  • A plan has been devised, and Minfilia would have it carried out without further delay.
  • According to Minfilia, Alphinaud has asked to speak with you before you join your fellow Scions inside Snowcloak, where preparations for Moenbryda's plan are already underway. Though she believes with all her heart that you will survive, she nevertheless thanks you for all you have done in service to the realm. Bid farewell to the Antecedent and rendezvous with Alphinaud at Snowcloak.
  • Given the likelihood that Iceheart is now aware of your plans and making haste to complete the summoning ritual, Alphinaud advises you to assemble a party of battle-hardened adventurers capable of felling Shiva if necessary. However, before you do so, he bids you speak with the stalwart Temple Knight, who bears a missive from Ser Aymeric addressed to you.
  • Those driven to the brink of despair are ever the most dangerous of foes, as you are reminded when Iceheart offers her own body as a vessel for Shiva's soul. The resurrected saint of eld lashes out with a righteous fury, pushing you to your mortal limits...yet the battle ends as it began, with the young maiden kneeling in the snow, cursing your ignorance.
  • “Hear... Feel... Think...” Of Iceheart's cryptic parting words, her final three leave the deepest impression, for few indeed are the ways in which one could come to know them. Could it be that Hydaelyn speaks to your enemy too? For the time being, put aside such troubling thoughts and inform Moenbryda of your victory.
  • Moenbryda is understandably skeptical about your description of events. However, she is willing to give you the benefit of the doubt for the time being─on the understanding that you did not suffer any form of head trauma. Certain of what you saw, you elect not to inform her that cranial injuries are only to be expected when doing battle with a primal.


Accepting the Quest

Minfilia: I have already informed Alphinaud of our plan to recreate the beacon in the manner Moenbryda described. He agreed that despite the inherent danger, it represents our only hope of success.
Minfilia: He also said that he wished to meet with you at Snowcloak before proceeding. I expect you will find him waiting for you there when you arrive.
Minfilia: I want you to know that I appreciate everything you have done on our behalf, [Forename], and that I have faith you will return to us─as you always have.

Optional Dialogue

Minfilia: Monebryda is a brilliant and dedicated scholar. I would not have endorsed her plan were it not so.
Moenbryda: Trust in the power of white auracite, [Forename]─and in me, of course.

Speaking with Alphinaud

Alphinaud: Good to see you, [Forename]. I was starting to wonder if you were having second thoughts.
Alphinaud: Captain Ilberd sends his regards, by the way. He attends to the interrogation of Eline Roaille in Ul'dah even as we speak.
Alphinaud: But I shall not distract you from the matter at hand. We can discuss the Ivy upon your return.
Alphinaud: I trust that... By which I mean to say... Ahem. The others are waiting for us at the aetheryte. After you, Scion.

Cutscene Start

Moenbryda: There, it's ready!
Moenbryda: Hah! It worked...I think.
Moenbryda: Try attuning to the aetheryte now. Feel for the current and try to locate the beacon.
Alphinaud: We have done all we can, [Forename]. For now, let us withdraw.
Alphinaud: When your final preparations are complete, you must seek out the beacon we have created. If, by the grace of the Twelve, you arrive safely, you must stop Iceheart before she summons Shiva.

Speaking with Alphinaud

Alphinaud: We cannot ignore the possibility that our actions have alerted Iceheart to our plans.
Alphinaud: Should that be the case, she may attempt to hasten the completion of the summoning ritual. And if she succeeds, you will have little choice but to face Shiva in battle.
Alphinaud: Knowing little of this “saint,” I cannot say if your own strength will suffice, and so I would encourage you to call upon your allies.
Alphinaud: Some may have reservations about wagering their lives on the success of Moenbryda's experiment, but others will surely agree that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Alphinaud: Ah! Before you assemble your party, pray speak with that knight. I believe he has a message for you from Ser Aymeric.

Optional Dialogue

Alphinaud: Of all the myriad challenges you have faced, I should be amazed if it were a failed teleportation attempt that finally killed you. Pray do not surprise me.
Moenbryda: I've a mind to join you, but Urianger made me promise I wouldn't.
Moenbryda: Apparently the thought of me becoming Shiva's thrall was too much to bear. Hmph. As if I'd give her the chance.

Speaking with the stalwart Temple Knight

Stalwart Temple Knight: Sir/Madam. Ser Aymeric regrets that he could not be here in person, and asks that I read to you this letter. Ahem.
Stalwart Temple Knight: “Ishgard faces an unprecedented threat─yet in our hour of need, it is not her knights who stand poised to defend her. [Forename] [Surname], the Warrior of Light, savior of Eorzea─your deeds this day shall not be forgotten.
Stalwart Temple Knight: “Where others would flee, you choose to remain. Where others would falter, you rise to the challenge. Where others would use their gifts for selfish ends, you wield yours in service to a greater cause.
Stalwart Temple Knight: “May Halone bless you with good fortune and see you safely home.”

Confronting Shiva in the Akh Afah Amphitheater


Iceheart: You should never have come here, Warrior of Light. I labor only to forge a lasting peace. 
Iceheart: A peace you would deny us out of ignorance and blind faith. 
Iceheart: No matter. If it is our fate to be at odds, then it is mine to strike you down. 
Iceheart: We whom gods and men have forsaken shall be the instruments of our own deliverance! 
Iceheart: Partake of my flesh—fill this vessel with your light! Walk amongst your brothers and sisters once more! 
Iceheart: O Saint Shiva, still the hatred within our hearts and bless us with eternal grace! ???: Hmph... 

Duty Dialogue

Shiva: Those who have taken up the sword shall perish by the sword! 
Shiva: Rise to join in the chorus, my brothers! 
Shiva: Embrace the serenity... Renounce the hatreds that consume you... 
Shiva: And scatter them like dust in the wind... 
Shiva: Forgive them, my beloved... 

Post Duty Cutscene

Iceheart: Fool... Blind, bloody fool. 
Iceheart: You of all people should understand the suffering war begets─that no sacrifice is too great if it brings an end to the violence. 
Iceheart: Mine is the righteous cause! 
Iceheart: You fight in a war you do not understand─a pawn of liars and schemers. 
Iceheart: And they are no less ignorant than you! Following the creed of their fathers without question, never thinking to ask why. 
Iceheart: Trapped in a delusion of their own creation and blind to the truth. 
Iceheart: Warrior of Light, redemption is not beyond us. 
Iceheart: We who walk before may lead those who walk after. 
Iceheart: Seek the Keeper of the Lake. See with eyes unclouded. 
Iceheart: not squander Mother's gift. 
Iceheart: Hear... Feel... Think... 
???: And so the vessel withdraws. A predictable outcome. 
???: Nevertheless, Lahabrea will be pleased. 
???: How unfortunate. 

Speaking with Moenbryda

Moenbryda: By the Twelve, you're alive! I-I mean, of course you're alive! Why wouldn't you be?
Moenbryda: Iceheart did what?'re certain about that, are you? Dravanians are skilled with glamours, after all...
Moenbryda: Look─if you say that's what you saw, I believe you. It's just that I've never heard of a primal being summoned like that before.
Moenbryda: Are you sure you're not injured? Head trauma has been known to cause hallucinations, you see... No? Fair enough. I was only asking.