This chapter is a complete guide for The War Chief's Trail quest. Here you can find tips that will help you to finish this quest in the most beneficial way.
This mission appears in your journal after you talk with Varl, who is a part of A Seeker at the Gates quest. Your goal is to find Sona, who was the leader of the tribe. However, she disappeared when she was chasing after the cultists that attacked Mother's Heart. The mission is obligatory so you won't miss it.
The first point where you can learn about Sona's whereabouts is the place where Nora's squad was murdered. It is the last place where the woman was seen. Mount your Strider because that place is far from the Embrace's gates.
When you arrive, you can find a lot of machines that needs to be examined. Use the Focus to identify the machines that are connected with the quest. When you examine two of them, a survivor will appear. Speak with him to continue the quest.
The warrior informs you where he saw Sona for the last time. You must get there to find another trail. Be very careful when you travel there because you enter the land overrun by powerful machines.
When you get there, you must examine the trails that can be easily noticed by using Focus. First, check out the camp and then the bow leaning on the bench.
When you examine all of the elements you will see a trail that leads to the mountains. Follow the footsteps. Remember that you can highlight them by using Focus. After a rather long stroll you arrive at place where you can see an incapacitated Sawtooth. Get closer to it and you will watch a short cut-scene.
Next, you must follow Sona and her squad to the cultists' hideout. When you get to enemies' encampment you must help Nora warriors to defeat the enemies and their machines.
During this mission, you can use explosive barrels that are spread throughout the camp. Destroy one of them to the nearby enemies and the entire camp will start chasing you. During this commotion enemies are often running in the explosion range of other barrels which can be easily used to kill them by using fire arrows. When the last barrel explodes you can use the line to get to the bottom and join your allies or stay on the rock and cover them. Normal arrows are good for hurting the cultists but first you should focus on using fire arrows to deal with corrupted machines. If you run out of healing potions then you can use the line and get to the bottom and search the bodies.
After defeating the last enemy, speak with Sona. According to her, not all of the cultists died during the ambush. Your task is to find their trails by using Focus. The trail leads to one of the nooks of the camp. There, you can find a recording with orders from the commander of the cultists. You can scan it by using Focus to listen to the recording.
After that, speak with Sona. The quest is completed and a new one will appear in your journal called Revenge of the Nora.