Stoutmantle grew suspicious after reading Wiley’s Note. Lord Stoutmantle in Sentinel Hill sent you to Mathias Shaw in the Old Town at Stormwind to find out more about Edwin VanCleef and the Stonemasons. These note is given to you by Master Mathias Shaw.
Lord Stoutmantle …
Led by Edwin VanCleef, the Stonemason’s Guild was composed of the most skilled builders among men. The Stonemasons helped to rebuild the broken city of Stormwind that was razed by the orcs during the First War.. VanCleef and his tradesmen were peerless builders and their work and artistry was evident in the edifices of the Cathedral of Light and Stormwind Keep itself.
However, the nobles of Stormwind ran up a huge debt by expanding the kingdom’s military presence through Elwynn Forest and into Stranglethorn. The massive debt crippled the kingdom’s economy and stripped VanCleef and his Stonemasons of their promised rewards. After spending years toiling to rebuild the glorious city, the Stonemasons were left broke, forgotten by the city’s corrupt officials.
Having personally known Edwin VanCleef my entire life, I can tell you that facing him as a foe is quite a daunting task. You see, he was my childhood friend, and I personally trained him in the ways of the shadows thinking that one day he might consider a career alongside me. If VanCleef is heading up the Defias Brotherhood, may the Light have mercy on our souls.
Master Mathias Shaw
Gryan Stoutmantle: Did Master Shaw shed any light on things?
Edwin VanCleef … I know the name well. To think that a man so industrious and talented could turn into such a scoundrel unnerves me. I’ll need further proof before I believe this.
We need to discover the location of the Defias hideout. My scout reports that a Defias Messenger has been seen on the roads between Moonbrook, the Gold Coast Quarry and the Jangolode Mine. I want you to capture him. If he resists, kill him and bring me whatever he is carrying.
Track down the Defias Messenger in Westfall and bring his message to Stoutmantle.
Note: Follow the links to read the entire Defias Brotherhood Questline.