Final Fantasy XV The Pen is Mightier than the Sword is the seventh side-quest in Vyv’s questline, and should be started after Burden of Expectation story-quest and A Place to Call Home side-quest.
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword is a FFXV side-quest that features three objectives, or three sub-quests.
Each sub-quest or objective requires your presence close to an Imperial base, so make sure you prepare accordingly because you may encounter Imperial soldiers.
First, talk to Vyv, the quest giver at Lestallum’s lookout. Once you get more details on your next assignment, open your quest log to notice that three additional side-quests became active.
These side quests are: Leide Imperial Base, Duscae Imperial Base and Cleigne Imperial Base.
Objective: Photograph Formouth Garrison
Activate Leide Imperial Base side-quest in your journal and travel to the Prairie Outpost Parking Spot.
Mount your Chocobo and head to the marker on your map. While standing close to the road take a photo of the Formouth Garrison‘s main entrance.
Keep in mind that you can only take photos during the day.
Objective: Photograph Perpetouss Keep
Now, return to Regalia and fast travel to Cauthess Rest Area Parking Spot.
From here, ride your Chocobo south-west and look for the marker on the road leading to the keep’s main entrance.
Take a photo of the large gate to complete the second objective.
Objective: Photograph Tolhends Stronghold
After you get the second photo, fast travel back to your car, then to Tolhends Stronghold Parking Spot in Cleigne.
Follow the main road leading to the stronghold and take the third and final picture while standing near the marker in front of the gate.
Objective: Report Back to Vyv
Now, all you have to do is to go back to Lestallum’s lookout and show the pictures to Vyv. The journalist will reward you handsomely with 20,000 Gil.
At the end of this side-quest you will unlock The Cursed Canvas, which is the final side-quest in Vyv’s quest-line.
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword Quest Info
Description: “The Empire has imposed crushing taxes on the territory it now rules, and Vyv intends to reveal just how that money is being spent to foster anti-imperial sentiment in the populace. Being of the same mind, Noctis offers to scout the imperial bases located throughout Lucis and bring back photographs.”
Reward: 20,000 Gil
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Complete Everyone Loves Beans side-quest.