The Tentacled One
I've been out of town all week, but I'll finally get to this question...Oversoul, can you tell us/are we allowed to know if quests can get closed off by doing other quests? The OCD in me would obviously like to try to do all of the quests at some point, but if some will be unavailable in the future because we did other quests, that may help in deciding which ones to do. And of course, "I can't tell you" is an acceptable answer also
For now, I have no plans to "close" any of the available quests. Eventually, I do want some choice, but it would be more like where you choose between rivals and can't do a quest if you side with their enemies. Like, if you find yourselves in a warzone with people from both sides offering you quests, it's safe to assume that completing quests for one faction in the war might make quests for the other faction inaccessible, especially if the quests have to do with the war effort. In principle it does make sense that quests would expire, but I don't really like the idea, so I have no plans to implement expiration. But because that might mean the party could change in some way before getting to a certain quest, the details of the quests might be modified by the order in which you complete them. I was going to say that hasn't come up yet, but then I remembered that way back in the beginning, I had a plan where if you guys skipped the Maneater quest, the village would be destroyed when you passed through again. I'm a bit more willing to add some urgency to quests if they're on the spot, rather than requiring some sort of ridiculous journey time management realism nonsense. If you see a dude get dragged into a cave by monsters, he's probably not going to still be there if you decide to leave and come back weeks later. But if you read about how the duke of some far-away land is offering a reward for someone who can retrieve his stolen family heirloom, I'd just assume that you have all the time in the world...
As for the other question, Loren is pretty much a straight shot south from here and you don't yet know just where the Beacons are, but you know the mountains and the area is more southeasterly than Loren.