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AllianceInspecting the Ruins
Start Captain Garran Vimes
End Inspector Tarem
Level 15-30
Category Dustwallow Marsh
Experience 330 (or 2s 10c at 70)
Previous A [15-30] They Call Him Smiling Jim
For the Horde version of this quest, see H [15-30] Inspecting the Ruins.


Speak to Inspector Tarem at the Shady Rest Inn.


Poor James never recovered from the destruction of the Shady Rest and the murder of his family. The boys and I are doing what we can to find the monsters who did this.

I've sent our best investigator, Inspector Tarem, out to the ruins, but this is too big a job for any one man. If you'd lend Tarem a hand, we'd appreciate it. Light knows, we'd all like to be out there helping.

The main road will lead you to the inn, but take care. Your journey will take you beyond the protection of my soldiers.


It's good to see that Captain Vimes is finally assigning others to this investigation.

I've used a reflective powder to dust the area. It will reveal suspicious objects and markings, helping you to focus your efforts. Look over anything the dust illuminates.


You will receive: 330 XP (or 2s 10c at 70)


This quest was added in Patch 2.3.0 as a more obvious means of getting people to the Shady Rest Inn to pick up the three quests out there.

When completing this quest, Tarem gives you the buff "Spread Reflective Dust", which lasts for 2 minutes. While buffed, 3 arrows appear in the general area. Hoofprints are next to Tarem, a Theramore Guard Badge is on the floor of the Inn, and a Black Shield is over the fireplace. Inspect each of the items to pick up a new quest. Players can ask Tarem to reapply the buff if necessary.


This is part of The Shady Rest Inn quest chain.

  1. A [15-30] They Call Him Smiling Jim (optional)
  2. A [15-30] Inspecting the Ruins
  3. Complete all of:
  4. A [15-30] A Grim Connection
  5. A [15-30] Confirming the Suspicion & A [15-30] Arms of the Grimtotems
    • Side chain:
    1. A [15-30] Raptor Captor
    2. A [15-30] Unleash the Raptors & A [15-30] Prisoners of the Grimtotems
  6. A [15-30] Tabetha's Assistance
  7. A [15-30] Raze Direhorn Post!
  8. A [15-30] Justice for the Hyals
  9. A [15-30] Peace at Last

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