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Run! is the second main quest in Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

Synopsis

My home town was attacked by foreign soldiers and many people slaughtered. I couldn't get inside the castle before they closed the gates, so they sent me to Talmberg to warn the people there in case they faced a similar fate.

Objectives

  • Help Theresa get away from the rapists
  • Get a horse
  • Go with Sir Robard to the kitchen
    • Eat
      • Go to the courtyard lodge and sleep there until morning
  • Optional (take the torch from the table)
    • Go to the battlements via the gateway stairs
      • Talk to Sir Robard
        • Keep watch on the battlements
          • Wait until morning
  • Go the the battlements of the outer bailey
    • Talk to Sir Robard
  • Get out of the castle
    • (Optional) Get a horse
      • Flee the castle and get to Skalitz
        • Bury your loved ones in Skalitz

Walkthrough

Equipped with what little he could find in home, and armed with Sir Radzig's sword; Henry stood frozen as he witnessed his mother and father being slaughtered by Cuman soldiers. Shaken out of his stupor as Markvart turns his attention towards him, Henry flees towards the closing castle gates only to find himself on the wrong side of the garrison. The soldiers on the battlement yell at Henry to flee Skalitz and to make for the town of Talmberg, to warn them of the oncoming army.

Henry flees Skalitz

Henry rides for Talmberg as Skalitz burns

Follow the path to the town's stable, on the outskirts of the town's fortifications. Make hast, as one of the Cuman soldiers is after you, and even with Sir Radzig’s sword, you will be out matched if you choose to confront him. In fact, any enemy you see at this point should be avoided at all costs - make sure you sprint when you can to keep them at a distance. If you get drawn in to combat (note the clashing swords icon at the top), keep sprinting to break away before they catch you in an attack.

Once you reach the main road, you will hear Theresa being accosted in front of the house. You might not ready to be a sword-swinging hero - but you can startle them to buy her time to run away, just make sure you sprint out of there too! Keep in mind that whistling works both as a distraction and to summon a horse. Or you can keep running, and save yourself, if that's the type of man you are.

Henry is pursued by Cumans

Henry is pursued by Cumans on horseback

Once on horseback, ride to put distance between your pursuers, and follow your compass to Talmberg. Don't try to race in the opposite direction, you'll be hit by a stray Cuman arrow and die. While racing towards Talmberg, you'll meet face to face with soldiers on horse back, who will shoot Henry in the leg. You have neither the skills nor the time to bandage it, so your only choice is to keep riding. If you take too long to reach Talmberg, you will bleed out and die.

Continue to gallop to get a burst of speed and outpace your attackers. If you don’t hustle, they’ll fill you full of arrows before you can get away. As you cross a small stream into the town of Rovna, hang on the left path as it goes out of town and over another stream towards Talmberg. Be sure to keep an eye on your horse’s stamina. You will ride through Rovna, witnessing the villagers being mercilessly slaughtered as they flee for the sanctuary of the church.

Robard takes care of Henry's wound

Robard tends to a wounded Henry

When your stamina gets low, switch from galloping to cantering to regenerate some stamina and take off again. Your attackers aren’t the kind to give up, so try zigzagging along the road to evade arrows until you finally reach Talmberg, where the garrison will scare them off.

Once Henry is behind the safety of the walls, his wound is tended to by the Captain, Sir Robard. Henry is then taken immediately to the Lord of Talmberg, Lord Divish, to explain what has happened to Skalitz. Sadly, Lord Divish doesn’t have the means to assist those now barricaded in Castle Skalicky, and has no choice but to bring his own people behind the relative safety of the walls and wait. He notes that they have little chance of defense should Sigismund attack them next. Henry is taken to the kitchen by Sir Robard, where he meet's Divish's young wife, Lady Stephanie. She praises him for his bravery, and instructs Sir Robard to let Henry sleep in a proper bedroom just off the courtyard, rather than the straw cots used by the guards.

Stephanie comforts Henry

Stephanie comforts Henry

Eat the pottage given to you by the cook, and help yourself to more food from the table until your nourishment is around 100. Remember - don't over or under eat, and try to always carry some dry food with you. After you have eaten your fill, it’s time to take care of your energy. Head across the courtyard to find your bed. If you don’t manage your energy level, tiredness will get the better of you, and you’ll find it hard to keep your eyes open. When sleeping, try to give yourself enough rest to put your energy (and possibly heath) to 100. But don't sleep too long, as sleeping lowers your nourishment. It's a good idea to carry a few books with you to read during later hours, unless you'd prefer to stumble around in the dark. Sleeping in a bed you own also saves the game, without having to use saviour schnapps, and you'll be awarded your own rooms for various services as the game progresses. Or you can rent or buy a room at the various inns and taverns.

As he lies awake in bed, silently contemplating the horror of the day, Lady Stephanie knocks on the door, bringing you a cup of wine. She sits with you, and asks if you'd like to talk about what happened. You can tell her that it's too soon, and she'll leave you be, but otherwise, you'll have the opportunity to tell your story and increase your Speech level, which gains XP with every conversation. To beat the skill check, you should aim to have a higher speech, charisma or intimidation than the other person - however, sometimes the stats need to have a dramatic difference, depending on how important the question is. Check the individual's page for information on their stats, as you wont see their stats until you know them, or have the required perk.

Henry's Nightmare

Henry is haunted by dreams of his father calling him a coward

Stephanie's Stats

Speech Charisma Strength
2 5 8

Stephanie will then tell her own sad tale to Henry, and the two take comfort in knowing they are not alone in their suffering. Then, she leaves you to your rest. Henry is haunted by nightmares, watching his town burn and his parents murdered all over again, even imagining his father accusing him of being a coward. Sir Robard will abruptly wake you to tell you that a large group is approaching the town, and you should join the rest of the garrison on the battlements. Be sure to grab a torch and equip it in your inventory, then head outside and go around the longhouse you were in to find the path to the main gate.

Radzig flees Skalitz

Sir Radzig and the refugees pass by Talmberg


Just to the left of the gate are stairs you can take up to the battlements. Head around to the South side to find a small group is gathered, and speak to Sir Robard. Luckily, the incoming group are not invaders, but the refugees of Skalitz. When the sudden storm forced the Cumans into their tents, Sir Radzig silently snuck all his people out of the castle. Divish offers them sanctuary, but Radzig points out it would simply guarantee Sigismund will attack and kill them all. Radzig is pleased that Henry has survived, and praises his bravery - but commands him to stay in Talmberg, and not return to Skalitz. He and the refugees will flee to Rattay for sanctuary, and pray that Sigismund passes Talmberg by.

After they leave, Sir Robard will ask you to help keep watch during the downpour, so put your torch to good use and keep an eye out. Of course, there’s not much to do, and a nearby guard will advise you just stay put and wait it out - courtesy of the Wait action. Just after the 5th hour, you’ll hear an alarm sounding - follow the moving guards across from the castle to the adjoining wooden ramparts, where the garrison has gathered, looking over the battlements in fear at Sigismund's massive army, poised to attack. Sir Robard dryly remarks about their new self-appointed king's method to win the love and respect of his people.

Divish negotiates with Markvart

Divish negotiates with Markvart

Markvart von Auliz approaches to parley with Divish, claiming that Sigismund is only punishing those who are causing trouble in the realm, such as Sir Radzig, who he says was using the King's silver to fund an insurrection against the crown. After a tense but polite standoff between Divish and Markvart, the army will depart, which means Skalitz lies abandoned and full of the dead. Before you can return to bury your parents, you’ll need permission to leave the castle. Go find Sir Robard down by the Combat Arena. He doesn’t like the idea of you leaving after you were ordered not to, but you can try and convince him. Unfortunately, he's unwilling to defy his Lord.

Note: if you have posh clothes and Flower Power perk from Herbalism and Loose Tongue perk from Drinking and also use a drink, with Charisma 17 Robard has a different response - he kind of agrees with Henry but urges him to wait a little for things to settle down. He still doesn't give the order to open the gates.

Robard's Stats

Speech Charisma Strength
12 13 13

Go seek out Lady Stephanie and ask for help, and she’ll also suggest taking some armor - and give you several places to start looking. Be sure to also tell her you may need bribe money, and she’ll hook you up with some groschen. If you try to leave by the main gate you’ll be stopped by the guard Radim. You’ll have a bit better chance of convincing him - but only to a point. He’d be willing to let you pass if you could ensure he won’t get in trouble for it. If, hypothetically, you were dressed as a guard (hint-hint), he could plausibly say he hadn't noticed you passing through the gates.

Henry's disguise

Henry's cunning disguise

Radim's Stats

Speech Charisma Strength
3 14 5

Seeing as the armour disguise seems to work the best, and it's free loot anyway, head back inside to the castle. There’s some loot in the gatehouse where the drawbridge is, like a Talmberg Shield - but the chests here require lockpicks. You can buy them from Votava, who sits over near Radim's gate. Barring that, you can at least grab a bow and some arrows, which are on the upper floor. You can also check the towers on both sides of the castle - go up the ladders to where the guards sleep and you should be able to find some more chests with guard armor. You can double check with Stephanie to make sure your disguise is good enough before departing. Be sure you also take the time to sell off whatever you pilfered in the kitchen that wasn’t technically stolen - same goes for the gatehouse.

Radmin raises the gates

Radim opens the gates

Collect your horse, Olena, from the stables, and speak to Radim. Once you've paid your bribe, the gates will open and you can walk out. Alternatively, you can also just skip all the negotiation in favour of making a run for it, and jump off the drawbridge next to the castle. However, they’ll call the guards down below to fetch you - which means you’ll either have to sprint like hell, or bribe/persuade anyone who catches you to let you go. If you are arrested, they will also throw you outside the city gates.

Once you leave, you’ll find yourself in the village below the castle. Here you’ll find a bathhouse - good to get a proper clean, heal your wounds, and having you looking respectable again. They also offer haircuts and ... other services. There’s also an inn to sleep in if you aren’t going back to the castle. Be sure to check your map for a quest giver on the outskirts of town, Tanner Brada would like some getting pelts and could use your help.

After that, start off towards Skalitz in order to bury your parents.

Video Tutorial

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Kingdom Come Deliverance Best Way to Run!

Horse Back Riding Tutorial

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