This is only a pointer quest, directing the player inside the dungeon Utgarde Keep. It is not, in fact, a prerequisite.
It's come at great cost, but we've completed our inspection of the site.
The news isn't good. Nearly everyone has been slain or captured. Only a few veteran guards remain unaccounted for.
The scouts have done all we can here. You must pick up where we've left off.
Sounds of a skirmish are coming from up the hill to the northeast. Have a look, <class>. We can only hope there are some who have survived, and that they may have some intel we can use against this enemy.
Late though ye may be, it's good to see a friendly face.
Now stop standing around with yer thumb up yer nose, there's work to be done!
- Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.