So, happened to be at Ark of the Ascended. Got the new/replacement version of the intro quest from the newbie zone, since I'd done the old one but not the new one.
Now my Meridian loading screens are about how Alsbeth is up to shenanigans and this is what I was sent back to prevent. No, I prevented that 30-40 levels ago. But those quests updated the loading tip state, and I can't do the other quests because I already did them.