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Up The Ladder
Quest Giver
Headmaster Raul Salaberry
Quest Type
Main Quest
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Up The Ladder is a Quest in Outward. It is fourth in the series of main quests, and is the first quest of the Sorobor Academy quest-line.

Quest Summary[]

The first quest of the Sorobor Academy faction sees the player working their way up through the ranks of the Sorobor Academy. What starts out as a few simple errands very quickly demonstrates the harshness of the Antique Plateau, and the lengths certain members of the Academy are willing to go to in order to make it out here.


Busy Work[]

After some busy-work, the player speaks to Victor.

Speak to one of Sorobor's Deans about doing some work.

The beginning of this quest involves picking a Dean to do some busy-work for. You can choose one of three options, simply do whichever one is easiest for you. You can continue doing more work for other Deans after the first one if you want, but it is not mandatory.

Speak with Victor Berthelot about getting a faster promotion.

Speak to Victor Berthelot, Dean of the Military in the Military district in eastern Harmattan about doing some work. He will task you with two objectives: to help Artois Sutherland retrieve a stolen package from some bandits, and to help Desy Laroche retrieve a delivery from the Abandoned Storage room.


The player confronts the Kazite Bandits in the Abandoned Living Quarters.

Help Artois retrieve a stolen package from the bandits in the Ancient Bunker, in the North-West of the Antique Plateau.

Head to the Abandoned Living Quarters in north-west Antique Plateau (which is accessible via the Runic Train system if you have unlocked it). Artois is directly ahead from the exterior Antique Plateau entrance, or at the top of the dungeon if you used the train.

Speak to the non-aggressive Fourwind gang leader here and you have two options:

[Optional] Bring the bandits 5 sticks of ordinary Meat Jerky, 1 Waterskin, 1 Iron Claymore and 1 Iron Halberd.

Get 5 Jerky (regular only), 1 Waterskin, 1 Iron Claymore and 1 Iron Halberd and give these items to the Bandits. There is likely a time-limit on this.

Defeat the Bandits and rescue Artois!

Simply defeat all three bandits to complete this section with combat.

After dealing with the bandits either through their small task or with combat, speak to Artois. Curious about what is inside the box, the two of you have the option of breaking the wax seal and peaking inside or leaving the box as is. If you peak inside, you learn that the box contains two Tsar bullets with a strange poison canister, though you will receive slightly reduced rewards for the quest.


The player speaks with the Butcher of Men.

Help Desy retrieve a delivery from the Abandoned Storage Room, along the South-East side of Harmattan's cliff.

Head to the Abandoned Storage, east of the southern exit of Harmattan in Antique Plateau. Inside you will see a brightly illuminated Immaculate ahead, the Butcher of Men, who is not aggressive for now. Speak to him and he will fill your glass vial with his blood as Victor requested.

Desy regains consciousness and urges us to attack the Butcher, as she believes he is too dangerous to allow him to leave. You have the option of letting him go or fighting him.

Fight the Butcher of Men and protect Desy!

If you choose to fight him, you must defeat him in combat without the help of Desy. The Butcher is weak to Lightning Lightning damage, and drops a unique item.

Finishing Up[]

Victor, Artois, Desy and the player speaking at the end of the quest.

Return to Victor Berthelot.

After completing both tasks, return to Victor Berthelot, Dean of the Military in Harmattan to complete the quest.

When speaking to Victor, you have the choice of staying with him and Artois, or leaving for Gregory Turnbull with Desy. Your choice here does not seem to impact the course of events, the next quest will play out the same way regardless.


From Victor (defeated Butcher and helped Artois in time, did not open package):

If you did not defeat the Butcher, or you opened the package:


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