Steve's Guide to Divine Divinity
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(A Divine Divinity walkthrough)

Last updated: 16th April, 2003


Introduction
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Divine Divinity is a classic fantasy RPG, with a great soundtrack and a 
fair dose of humour thrown in. Fighting-wise it plays something like Diablo, 
and quest-wise something like Baldur's Gate. You won't be finishing it in a 
hurry either. My first run through took me nearly 100 hours!


Conventions
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Once again, I've chosen to eschew that handy yet game spoiling Table of 
Contents. OK, so this Guide is loaded with outright spoilers anyway, but I 
try not to ruin all the fun right up front by providing you with a listing of 
all the important locations you will visit. If you're looking for references 
to a particular location, person, weapon, etc., then just search for it in 
your browser.

Directions are given assuming that the top of your screen is north, and 
the longer direction names are abbreviated, like SW for southwest.


Tips
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Before you even THINK about starting to play, download and apply the 
latest 'hot fix' (version 1.0032 at the time of writing), which may be 
obtained here on the official Divine Divinity site: http://www.larian.com/

You can play as either a Warrior, Survivor (cross between a rogue and a 
thief), or a Wizard. Since you can freely choose skills from any class, I 
would recommend that you play as a Warrior the first time through, making use 
of Wizard spells like Freeze to augment your combat abilities, and Survivor 
skills like Lockpick to get you past locked doors and chests. As with most 
RPGs, playing as a pure Wizard is the hardest, especially in the early stages 
of the game when your character is relatively weak. Anyway, it's your call. 
Being able to choose skills from other classes means that you can build 
literally any kind of character you please! 

Save your game before talking to each shopkeeper for the very first 
time, or before opening a locked cupboard or chest. Reason being... the 
items you'll buy or find are RANDOMLY GENERATED each time. Those of you with 
much patience can keep reloading until you get the items you want! And you 
should also save the game before you have shopkeepers identify items for you. 
An item is usually worth more after it's identified, but if it's not worth 
more than the cost of identification, you just lost some money :-(

Remember to save after every battle, or even partway through a really 
tough one when you've made significant progress. There's nothing worse than 
traversing a large area, fighting five tough battles along the way, then 
having to do it all over again because you got killed in the sixth battle 
without having a prior save!

There are a few 'killer' skills in this game, that make it possible to 
defeat even the toughest creatures. You would be well advised to have at 
least one of them in your repertoire, though using them too often can make 
the game too easy:
  * Freeze - immobilises your enemies for 3 seconds per level of the spell.
  * Poison Weapon - poison on a weapon gets them every time with only a few 
    blows.
  * Deadly Gift - a single death scorpion released from a scorpion trap can 
    take out nearly anything that moves.

It's not immediately obvious how to pick up or drop a partial amount of 
items that are stacked. For instance, say you have 12 scorpion traps together 
in your inventory, and you want to drop 6 of them to lighten your load. What 
you do is: drag them out of your inventory, then before you drop them on the 
ground, hold down the Ctrl key. When you then drop them, you will get a panel 
allowing you to select just how how many you want to drop. Of course, the 
process works the same for picking things up: hold down the Ctrl key while 
dragging the items into your inventory.

It's also not obvious how to use scorpion traps and trail bombs. You first 
need to take at least one level of the Survivor skill Deadly Gift. Then when 
you select that skill and right-click, you'll get a choice of which type of 
item to use (based on what's currently in your inventory). Click on the item 
type to use, then the next time you right-click, an item of the type you chose 
will be deployed.

Another skill worth having is the Warrior's Enchant Weapon skill. Once you 
have at least one level of this skill, when you click on an equipped weapon 
or piece of armour that can be charmed, you'll see how many free charm slots 
that item has. You can then drag charms from your inventory into a free charm 
slot. Be careful about applying powerful charms to not particularly powerful 
items that you are likely to ditch later on, because there's no way to reclaim 
the charms from items you no longer have equipped.

Even though there is a specialised Survivor skill that you can use to 
poison arrows, you can also just as easily use the Poison Weapon skill to 
poison any bow or crossbow! It's handy to have a decent ranged weapon early 
on in the game for taking on enemies that can kill you with a single blow 
should they get too close.

You need at least 2 levels of Alchemy skill before you can drop flasks 
onto mushrooms to make potions. Alchemy is a skill well worth having, as it 
saves you having to buy potions all the time.

Make an effort to find the various teleporters scattered throughout the 
land, and the scrolls that activate those that belong to each race. The 
teleporter I used most was the one behind the Ars Magicana shop, as there are 
several nice shops in that immediate area that you can use to identify and 
trade valuable items that you find. Early on in the game, a wizard will give 
you a map of the teleporters. Study it carefully, because it gives you a very 
good idea of the layout of the entire kingdom. Don't worry though. I'll tell 
you where you can find the activation scrolls for each race's teleporters, 
and will also provide the locations of the most important teleporters :-)

You should use the blue flags to mark places of interest, especially in 
the first village until you get used to finding your way around. Also useful 
in dungeons for marking exits from each level, etc. Be sure to make use of 
the mini-map too. Stick it in any corner of your screen, and it will alert 
you to approaching monsters, as well as helping you to run quickly through 
areas that you've already visited.

Well, that's probably enough of the up-front stuff for now. Bring on the 
demons!


Aleroth
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You find yourself next to a bed in someone's basement. You'll be coming 
back here a lot to rest, a much more economical way to restore health and 
mana than by quaffing potions! Pick up the Minor Health Potion from the table 
to your right, then go upstairs and grab the Worn Dirk off the table. There's 
also a Minor Health Potion on a table in the room to the east. When you walk 
into the room to the west, Joram, one of the Aleroth healers, starts speaking 
to you. If you pursue all the conversation paths, you'll get Quest 1 below.
 
In the graveyard in the north part of Aleroth, there's a grave with a 
bronze key on it. This key opens the house just NE of Joram's. Move the boxes 
there to reveal a hatch. In the cellar, when you approach the locked vase in 
the centre, Jake the zombie (yup, that was his grave) will appear. I managed 
to kill him with a high level 2 character using a dirk that gave me 
Assassin's Kiss. If you can do this, it's worth a whole lot of XP and will 
take you nearly to level 4! Good luck. You can always wait till a little 
later on to tackle Jake if he's too tough for you now.

There's a locked house all the way in the NE part of Aleroth. The door is 
on the east side. The key is in a barrel next to the door. You can sleep in 
the bed there, but why bother as you've already got the use of the one in 
Joram's cellar? You can gain entrance to the cellar here through a hatch. 
Just a few barrels down there. I happened to find some scorpion traps in one.

When you first attempt to leave Aleroth, Seth will stop you. See Quest 11 
below.

Quests
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1. Restore Mardaneus' sanity - 11000 XP and Reputation +3.
You get this quest by talking to Joram at the very start of the game. It 
seems that the healer Mardaneus may have been possessed by a demon. Indeed, 
as soon as you exit Joram's house, you witness a cut scene between Lanilor, 
another of the healers, and Mardaneus, who does seem to be spouting some 
strange dialogue. So, head SW and witness another scene whereby Mardaneus 
mistakes Lanilor for a demon and casts Freeze on the poor blighter. You 
now have Quest 2 as well.

2. Rescue Lanilor the elf from his icy prison - 1000 XP.
Mardaneus has barred his front door, and rest assured your Lockpick skills 
are too lacking at this stage to open it. However, if you enter the wooden 
well to the east of Mardaneus' house, you gain entrance to his basement. On 
a wooden box to the south is a bronze key that gets you past the locked door 
further to the south. Just head SW then, and up the ladder into Mardaneus' 
house. Speak with him, and it's easier than you think to convince him to 
reverse the spell on Lanilor. When you speak to Lanilor after he's unfrozen, 
he'll tell you that he feels the secret to Mardaneus' sanity most likely 
lies in the catacombs beneath Aleroth (and thus you receive Quest 3). After 
completing this quest, you have the run of Mardaneus' house. There's a key 
on the floor of his front room. It unlocks the chest in the back room, 
which usually contains a decent weapon or piece of armour.

3. Unlock the entrance to the catacombs beneath Aleroth - 1000 XP.
The entrance to the catacombs is in the very centre of Aleroth. Lanilor told 
you what to do, but you could easily figure out that you need to rotate all 
4 dragon statues to the north just by playing with them, because they click 
into place. I wouldn't venture down here until you're at least a level 2 
character with the best armour and weapon (or spell) you can arm. And it also 
helps to have one of Lanilor's teleporter pyramids (see Quest 4) with you, 
the other right near the bed in Joram's basement. You should also probably 
complete Quests 6 and 7, which gives you level 1 Restoration. Anyway, once 
you decide to venture into the catacombs...

Catacombs level 1

Immediately you enter, to the south, you'll find a book left by Mardaneus 
within a pentagram of candles warning you not to go into the catacombs. Sure 
thing! On the wall to the north there is a lever that opens the locked door 
to the east. Keep wandering until you find another lever that takes you 
through another locked door (there's a locked door before that you will need 
a special key to get through). Then you get to fight your first skeletons. 
Next you'll find a blue magic orb, and then a sapphire key (this gets you 
through that door you couldn't unlock earlier, but there's really no need to 
go back there). Keep on wandering until you have found 3 magic orbs. Finally, 
you'll come to a room containing another pentagram of candles. Lighting the 
candles summons a skeletal warrior, not too tough to defeat. There's a locked 
door to the west here, opened by a lever on the north wall. At the end of a 
corridor after this door, you'll encounter a party of orcs. Talk to their 
leader, Smiruk, to obtain Quest 8. From there, continue south. All the way in 
the SW part of this level you will find a large female statue with a book 
lodged behind it. Read the sad story of Gregar Brock. Lighting the candle 
there will summon Gregar, and he makes a tenacious fighting companion with a 
lot of vitality to spare. Don't take him above ground though, or he will 
instantly perish (thankfully, above ground does not include your bed in 
Joram's cellar, where you can teleport to for occasional rest even with 
Gregar in your company). In a room to the north of where you found Gregar, 
there's a room containing 3 pentagrams. A manuscript there from the evil 
Thelyron tells you what must be done. Place each of the magic orbs you found 
in the centre of a pentagram, and a portal opens up! Going through the portal 
gets you past a locked door into the next room. There are 2 stairways there. 
The one leading up takes you back outside, and you don't want to go there 
yet. So, take the stairway that leads down to...

Catacombs level 2

On this level, the monsters get a bit tougher :-( There are quite a few 
axes lying around with ID level 2, but none of these is Slasher. However, 
there are two small rooms to the north of this level. The one to the east has 
a floor tile in it leads you to Slasher (the broad axe in a room to the SE 
that needs ID level 4), but you have to get past a tough skeletal guardian 
first. Take Slasher back to Smiruk, but MAKE SURE you don't have any other 
axes that you want to keep with you because he takes all of them! He'll 
identify Slasher for you using a very novel Identify technique :-) This 
completes Quest 8. Of course, you could always hold onto Slasher instead, 
but it would be quite a while before you'd be able to wield it. Having it 
identified by a shopkeeper and then selling it would be a better option. When 
you're ready to leave this level, the entrance to the next level is in a room 
to the NW.

Catacombs level 3

Well, the book inside the pentagram here says it all. You'll need to open 
the 4 outer tombs before you can open the 2 inner ones. Opening each outer 
tomb unleashes quite a few skeletal warriors, and a tough skeletal conjurer, 
guardian, or a ghoul, so be prepared. Actually, you can only open ONE of the 
inner tombs after you've got the 4 outer ones open, and it may be either the 
left one or the right one (both still register as 'locked' even after you've 
opened the 4 tombs). This had me confused for quite a while. But either one 
takes you down to the next level, and that's the important thing.

Catacombs level 4

This is another sprawling level with little of interest, except to the far 
SE there's a lever that unlocks a door which leads to... the room where 
Lanilor's lost teleporter pyramid is/was. Kill all the skeletal warriors and 
then retrieve the pyramid from the room in the NE of this area, if you don't 
already have the thing. There's also a portal stone here which takes you back 
to Mardaneus' basement, but that would only have been useful to you earlier 
on. In any case, the stairway down to the next level of the catacombs is in a 
room to the west of here.

Catacombs level 5

Yes, this is one HECK of a big dungeon. In the four corners of this level 
are sets of pedestals, each with a floor tile in the centre. Through each 
floor tile is a small room containing a tough monster. I used the skill 
Deadly Gift to release a death scorpion to take on the 2 toughest ones. Worth 
a lot of XP and treasure. In the one to the SE, I found a Dragon Amulet 
amongst some cobwebs. I thought this amulet might be the first piece of the 
fabled Dragon Armor set. But alas, when identified, it turned out to be an 
Amulet of Glory. Very valuable nonetheless...
The large room in the centre of the level contains the reason you came all 
this way. As soon as you enter, a friendly skeleton engages you in 
conversation, and explains how they have been trying to resurrect their dead 
master for ages, with no success. Of course, this is Thelyron he's talking 
about, the necromancer whose journals you've been finding all over the place. 
As he demonstrates the ritual they've been performing, it's plain to see that 
the skeleton at the NW lever has... abandoned his post. Up to you to take his 
place then, and thus you get Quest 9. Once you've resurrected Thelyron, go 
talk to him. At first he seems friendly enough for a deadly necromancer, but 
then he suddenly freaks out when he realises that life as a resurrected 
zombie is really not all it's cracked up to be. He asks you to kill him, and 
you have no choice. As soon as your character does this, all hell breaks 
loose. Again, I found that releasing a death scorpion or 2 at least keeps the 
tougher monsters that appear at bay while you pick apart the easier ones. 
Alternatively, you can just run straight out of the room the way you came in. 
Mardaneus appears then, and all the creatures die instantly, but you don't 
get any of the XP for killing them that way (you also lose out on 2000 bonus 
quest XP, and a Reputation point). In either case, a portal appears when you 
leave the room, and you can take it back to Aleroth. But make sure to go back 
and pick up all the loot first. You've just solved Quest 1, and so long 
Gregar Brock if he made it this far!

4. Find the second teleporter pyramid - 1500 XP.
As soon as you open the entrance to the catacombs, Lanilor approaches and 
hands you a curious artefact. Now... I recommend dropping the pyramid he 
gives you right there, and going after the other one straight away. To do 
this, use Browse skills/Drop and use pyramid. You wind up in the midst of a 
few skeletons, but you can always teleport straight back, right? As soon as 
you arrive in the room with the skeletons, click and hold on the stone there 
and drag it into your inventory. Then run over to the east a few paces, hit 
the space bar to give yourself a breather, then Browse skills/Use pyramid. 
Voila! Right back where you started with both pyramids and 1500 easy XP :-)

5. Collect herbs for George - 500 XP.
George's shop is located in the SE part of Aleroth. After the initial 
conversation, he'll ask you to fetch some drudanae for him. When he goes into 
the next room to show you, follow him in, then quickly exit and pilfer all 
the items from his shop. The key on top of the cabinet that is in the north 
part of the room unlocks the chest. If you get this right, George will not 
get angry with you, and you've just acquired a whole lot of stuff on the 
cheap, most notably some Chain Armor. Then head over to Lanilor (west of 
Joram's), and ask his permission to take some herbs from his garden, which is 
west of his house. When you return to George with the drudanae, he's got the 
door to the next room locked, but you can get in there later on...

6. Find a cure for Verlat - 1500 XP and Reputation +1.
Otho the dwarf healer's house is just to the north of Lanilor's. If you keep 
quizzing him about The Source, he'll tell you of the dilemma whereby the 
lizard healer Goemoe only has one healing stone left in his shrine, but there 
are two wounded soldiers needing a cure. Verlat is Otho's patient, but he 
won't tell you where Goemoe's shrine is because he's afraid you'll only save 
one of the soldiers. Anyway, head for Goemoe's house, which is to the north 
of George's place. Speak to him and you'll get Quest 7.

7. Find a cure for Simon - 1500 XP, Reputation +1, and level 1 
Restoration!
Hmm. What can you do with only one healing gem? Well... in the house to the 
north of Joram's, you'll find a magic mirror sitting there. A book next to 
the mirror explains how to use it. Great, just what we need! So, go to the 
healing shrine located just to the north of Goemoe's house and take the one 
remaining healing gem. Then, stand in the middle of the pond that is just to 
the south of Goemoe's house, drop the magic mirror in, followed by the gem, 
and then fish out two gems (the original plus the duplicate). Then go back 
to Otho's house and give one of the healing gems to Verlat in the back room 
(this completes Quest 6). Then head back to Goemoe's and give the other 
healing gem to Simon. Talk to Goemoe afterwards, and he'll teach you the 
Restoration spell as a reward.

8. Retrieve the magic axe called Slasher - 3500 XP.
On level 1 of the catacombs, you encounter Smiruk and his party of orcs. His 
magic axe, Slasher, is lost somewhere in the catacombs. Must keep an eye out 
for it in our travels...

9. Help the dead necromancer - 3500 XP.
You get this quest by speaking to the friendly skeleton in level 5 of the 
catacombs. Just take your post at the lever in the NW corner, and the ritual 
to resurrect Thelyron will begin. When it's your turn, hit the lever and... 
that was easy! I wonder how long those poor fools had been trying to raise 
the old guy.

10. George murdered! Expose George's murderer - 54000 XP and 
Restoration +1.
When you return to George's shop after completing Quest 1, you'll find that 
someone has murdered poor George. You get this quest by speaking to Mardaneus 
after you discover George's body. This one could take a while to solve...  
meanwhile, you can use one of the keys found by George's body to enter his 
locked room. Moving the pillow reveals a composite key, which opens the 
locked chest there.
Eventually, you'll have both the requisite stats and the oportunity to avenge 
the murder of George. It happens in Verdistis, in the cellar of Pierce's Wine 
Barrel, on the east side of the town... once you've killed George's murderer, 
return to Mardaneus in Aleroth to collect your reward.

11. Find a solution to the plague problem in Rivertown - 20000 XP and 
Reputation +1.
Once you go outside the gates of Aleroth (to the south), the warrior Seth 
will shepherd you back inside and you get this quest. Speak to Mardaneus 
again, and you will get Quest 12. 

12. An escort for the healers - 13000 XP.
Go back and talk to Seth again, and he will tell you to seek out General Alix 
in the Rivertown barracks to arrange an escort. So, head straight south along 
the path towards Rivertown... once you've gone a fair way's south, you'll be 
accosted by a dragon rider. No matter what course of action you take, you're 
dead in short order. But fear not, the game shall not end so quickly. 
Salvation is there in the form of the wizard Zandalor, who vanquishes your 
foe, and is also there to resurrect you. Zandalor puts the Dwarven Bread Inn 
on your map (where you're to rendezvous with him and the other Marked Ones), 
gives you a map of the teleporters (very useful! Study it), and the scroll of 
the teleporters of the mages to get you started. You've also just received 
Quests 13 and 14. From there, keep heading south until you find a bridge with 
a few soldiers fighting some trolls on it. Help them out. Once over the 
bridge, you're in Rivertown. From there, you might want to seek out General 
Alix. Just have a good look at the red flags on your world map, and you'll 
see the barracks where General Alix is stationed to the SE. The building 
where she is located is in the north part of the barracks. Talk to her, and 
she will agree to send a party to escort the healers. You'll also get 
Rivertown Quest 4 from Alix. 

13. Find the teleporter activation scrolls - speedy travel.
Zandalor has given you a map showing the locations of all the teleporters. 
When you hover your cursor over one on the map, it shows you which race built 
that teleporter, and thus which scroll you need to activate it. So far, using 
the scroll of the mages that Zandalor gave you, it's only possible to use the 
teleporter located just outside the gates of Aleroth, to the west. Here's 
where and how to find the other scrolls:
  * Captain Mitox (see Rivertown Quest 4) has the teleporter scroll of the 
    humans.
  * The teleporter scroll of the dwarves is in the possession of a dwarf 
    named Krasnegar, who is normally in a back room of the Dwarven Bread 
    Inn. If you politely refuse his offer of gemstones, he walks out and 
    leaves the scroll on the table... I say normally, because once I was 
    fighting orcs right outside the Inn, and Krasnegar came out to help. In 
    that case, he said he was on his way to deliver the scroll to the 
    dwarven village of Glenborus. However, if you then go into the back 
    room of the Dwarven Bread Inn, the scroll is still there on the table! 
    Oh well, I guess he's just a forgetful little guy.
  * After you've found an escort for the healers, they'll all be staying at 
    the Blue Boar Inn for the remainder of the game. Goemoe is in one of 
    the rooms there, and if you approach him inquiring if he knows anything 
    about the lizards' teleporter scroll, he'll admit to having it. Once 
    you tell him that Zandalor gave you the scroll of the mages, he'll 
    trust you enough to hand over the scroll of the lizards!
  * Elredor in the archers guild (far SW of Rivertown) will give you the 
    teleporter scroll of the elves. Just talk to him.
  * The teleporter scroll of the orcs is a bit difficult to come by. You 
    must enter the tent just to the north of the jail pits, all the way in 
    the SE of orc territory (the SE section of the Rivertown area). Once 
    you kill him, the orc chief, Baluk, coughs up a platinum key that you 
    can use to progressively open all the chests in that tent until you get 
    to the one with the teleporter scroll in it. Alternatively, once you 
    have Lockpick level 3, you can just lockpick the chest in the NE corner 
    of the tent.
  * The teleporter scroll of the imps is located in the dungeon underneath 
    the imps' deserted castle. See Dark Forest Quest 6.

14. Meet the wizard Zandalor at the Dwarven Bread Inn - failed to 
complete.
Locate the Dwarven Bread Inn on you map (just to the SE of Stormfist Castle) 
and head there. Note one of the dwarves' teleporters located just to the NW 
of the inn. You meet another Marked One named Wouter in the back toom. He 
tells you that Zandalor has gone to Stormfist Castle to find the third Marked 
One. Don't worry that you have apparently failed this quest, as it was 
impossible to complete. It's just a plot device. However, you now have 
Rivertown Quest 2 to contend with...


Rivertown
=========
This is an enormous area, just over the bridge from Aleroth. You will be 
here for a large portion of the game.

In the farmlands part of Rivertown (west side), you will find many bundles 
of straw. Two of these can be employed to make a bed. Just click on one that's 
lying flat on the ground, and it will spread out to make half a bed. Then 
drop another bundle onto it, and... hay presto, a place to sleep! (sorry, 
couldn't resist that pun :-) You can carry around two bundles of straw, ready 
to make a bed at any time, but they are quite heavy. For the moment, you have 
the teleporter pyramids anyway, but later on these will become unavailable 
and it's handy knowing how to make a bed then.

In the farmlands area, SW of the Blue Boar Inn, there's a thugs hideout. 
The leader is pretty tough to knock off, but he coughs up a key when he dies, 
and the locked chest it opens contains 1900+ gold coins, and a few potions.

Just to the NW of the Blue Boar Inn, in the SE corner of a field, you'll 
find the farmlands teleporter concealed amongst some bundles of straw.

There is a cathedral immediately to the north of the cursed abbey. As soon 
as you enter, you get quest 26 below.

Quests
------
1. Deal with the Trolls - 17500 XP, Reputation +3, and 1300+ gold coins.
Talk to Homer, who is standing outside his farmhouse just to the SE of the 
bridge between Aleroth and Rivertown. It would appear the troll lair is 
back across the bridge and to the SW. Indeed, there is a cave there. You'd 
want to be at least level 10 with a good weapon and/or spell(s) available 
before taking on the pack of trolls! I found Poison Weapon to be quite 
effective. After you've slain all the trolls, a composite key that you find 
gets you into a locked chest in the south part of the cave that contains 
1200+ gold coins. When you return to Homer to let him know that you've taken 
care of the trolls, he'll give you another 100 gold coins.

2. Find Zandalor - see Quest 24.
When you meet Wouter at the Dwarven Bread Inn, he tells you that Zandalor has 
gone to Stormfist Castle. So head on over there and speak with the captain of 
the guard. Hmm. Seems you need to doing something heroic in order to gain 
entry. You've just been given Quest 3. And it will be quite a while indeed 
before you can manage to find our good friend Zandalor...

3. Enter Stormfist Castle - Quest 17.
South of the entrance to Stormfist Castle, you'll find the watch 
headquarters. Speak to Commander Ralph there, and it would seem you have 3 
options for gaining entrance to Stormfist Castle:
  1. Find out who murdered the duke. See Quest 13.
  2. Find out what is causing the Rivertown plague. See Quest 9.
  3. Help the army to defeat the invading orcs. You accomplish this by 
     completing Quests 6, 7, and 8.
Completing any one of the above tasks will get you an invitation to the 
castle.

4. Contact Captain Mitox - 9000 XP.
General Alix gives you a sealed message to deliver to Captain Mitox, who's 
stationed in the village to the SE of here (he's usually inside the general 
store, or in that vicinity). Of course, you can open the message and gain a 
possibly valuable piece of information from it, but then Captain Mitox will 
know you've read it and will be quite angry with you. However, if you agree 
to take on Quests 6 for him, he'll get over it. I'll leave it up to you. You 
still get the same amount of XP for delivering the message whether you open 
it or not. Mitox also hands you the scroll for the human teleporters!
If you approach the village along the road that runs south from the barracks, 
you should bump into a poor villager. For a few gold coins, he'll tell you 
his story, and put the entrance to a secret mining shaft that runs under the 
orc camp on your map. A very handy thing to know.

5. Gareth's feign death potion - 20000 XP and key to weapons room of 
the barracks.
Gareth is standing just outside the armoury, in the SW part of the barracks. 
He wants you to find him a feign death potion so that he can get out of the 
army. Another thing to be on the lookout for. See Quest 26 below for the 
solution.

6. Ravage the supply train - 15000 XP and Reputation +3.
You must complete Quest 4 first. Then Captain Mitox marks the location of the 
orc supply train on your map, and gives you a barrel of explosives. I'd 
suggest using the mining shaft to get there. The hatch entrance to the shaft 
is located in a building just to the SW of the general store. Head to the 
east, and then south. You'll likely encounter your first giant orc down here. 
These suckers are tough. But I found that a combination of Freeze and Poison 
Weapon did the job nicely. Once you exit the shaft via the SE exit, you'll 
find yourself right in the midst of some heavy orcs, but all you need do is 
run over a very short distance to the east where the supply train is, and 
drop the explosives that Mitox gave you right in the middle of the supply 
train. You witness a nice animation, and your character winds up back by the 
mineshaft entrance again! Get out while you can, and return to Mitox, who'll 
then give you Quest 7.

7. Poison the orc water supply - 15000 XP and Reputation +3.
Mitox gives you a bottle of poison that his mages have concocted, and marks 
the location of the orcs' water supply on your map. This time, you should use 
the mining shaft as in Quest 6, but take the exit to the NE instead. It's 
still quite a ways from there to the well, but Survivor characters can wait 
till nightfall and sneak all the way there (you're going to need a few 
stamina potions though). Other character types are going to have to get there 
using a combination of running and fighting. Once you've put the poison in 
the orc well, it's best to just run all the way back to the mineshaft 
entrance. When you report back to Mitox, you get Quest 8.

8. Meet General Alix at the Barracks - 11000 XP.
You have to complete Quests 6 and 7 first, then Mitox suggests you return to 
General Alix for a reward. Indeed, when you go the barracks and speak to 
Alix, she presents you with an invitation from Duke Janus to visit Stormfist 
Castle. See Quest 17.

9. Who is responsible for the harvest disaster? - 11000 XP and 
Reputation +1.
There's a large farmhouse just to the NW of the Stormfist Castle walls. Lots 
of chickens around the place. Enter via the south of the farmhouse, go 
through another door, and you'll find Hugh and his wife Elli. Talk to Hugh, 
and you'll discover that all the crops have taken on a sickish green colour. 
You suspect poison, but Hugh is not so sure. Well, a bit to the NW of the 
poor area of Rivertown, there's a cave guarded by a bunch of orcs. When you 
enter the cave (but only after speaking to Hugh first!), you'll find an orc 
there named Tipsix and a lot of barrels full of poison. Once you've killed 
him, he drops a golden key. Return to Hugh, who then gives you Quest 10.

10. Where does this key fit? - 11000 XP.
You need to complete Quest 9 before you get this quest. Where does the key 
fit? Well... seeing as this is a guide, I suppose I must tell you :-) Go to 
the Blue Boar Inn. Head through the bar to the west, and then down the hatch. 
Your golden key opens a locked door in the SE part of the cellar, and it's 
filled with the same barrels of poison as you found in the cave with Tipsix! 
Head back up and talk to the owner, Splinter. He tells you that the room in 
the cellar is rented to a Dr. Elrath, and puts the location of Elrath's house 
on your map, if it isn't there already. So... I think it's time to pay the 
good Dr. Elrath a visit, don't you?
Dr. Elrath's house is located just to the SE of the market area. To the SE of 
his house there's a boulder next to a wall. Moving it reveals a key. The 
front door is a little difficult to find. You have to go to the north side of 
the house, and use the Alt key so you can see the door. The key you found 
under the boulder gets you in... but Dr. Elrath is usually just sitting right 
there (if not, you're in luck). If you've come here as a result of Quest 10, 
you can accuse him of storing poison in the basement of the Blue Boar Inn. 
But he just says that the key was stolen from him some time ago, and that the 
person that stole the key must have put the poison there. Anyway, it doesn't 
really matter for what reason you came here. Elrath says he's leaving, turfs 
you out, and locks the door again. Now, unless you have at least level 2 
Lockpick skill, you can't get back inside!
When you finally do manage to get back into his house, he isn't there, and 
you notice that all the interior doors are locked. The trick to opening them 
has to do with the lanterns. Here's the order you need to extinguish them in: 
first, extinguish the lantern on the west wall, and also the one to the right 
of the front door. Then go through the first open door, and extingusih the 
lantern right there, which opens the 2nd door. Go into the bedroom next and 
extinguish the lantern on the north wall. Then go all the way back and 
extinguish the one to the left of the front door. Finally, extinguish the one 
next to the first door you opened, and now you can go down into the basement.
Once there, you have to move all the boxes blocking the door to the west. 
Then you discover it's locked, but the bronze key for this door is in the 
chest on the north wall. Once through the door and into the corridor, be 
careful. Elrath has poison-trapped the corridor. Finally, before you open the 
next door, be prepared. Elrath has a fearsome creature called a djinn 
guarding the place, and it has vitality of 1000+. A poisoned weapon or 
scorpion trap is the way to go here. Once though, I got it with about 30 
shots from a crossbow by running around in circles so it couldn't touch me 
:-) Once you've vanquished the djinn, pick up the 'letter of Elrath' that's 
on the table in the centre of the room (you've just completed Aleroth Quest 
11). When you go back upstairs, Elrath is waiting there and turfs you out of 
the house again. You need to go see Commander Ralph, in the watch building 
located south of Stormfist Castle. But Elrath sends some assassins after you, 
so be on the alert! Once you get the letter to Commander Ralph, you're home 
free and into Stormfist Castle with an invitation from young Duke Janus. See 
Quest 17.

11. Looking for missing boy - 11000 XP.
As you approach the market area on the road from the south, a woman named 
Caroline will approach you. It appears her little boy is missing, and she 
fears he may have been playing near the Dark Cave, to the north of the 
market area. She puts the cave on your map. Sure enough, when you enter the 
cave, a vampire has taken her son hostage. It would appear that the only way 
to save Caroline's son is to let the vampire take a bite out of you instead! 
You lose a few stat points by allowing him to bite you (I lost 3 Strength, 1 
Agility, 1 Intelligence), but I suppose it's worth it just to save the boy. 
You now get Quest 12 as a result. By the way, you did notice that this 
vampire bore a striking resemblance to the guy who was accosting George back 
in Aleroth shortly before he was killed?

12. Kill the vampire - see Aleroth Quest 10.
After he bites you, the vampire retreats behind his locked door. Once, I was 
able to lockpick this door and drive him out of his coffin. But he was too 
powerful for me to defeat at this stage in the game. Perhaps later?

13. Expose the duke's murderer - an invitation to Stormfist Castle.
Commander Ralph (located in the watch building to the south of Stormfist 
Castle) gives you the name and location of a Merchant in Verdistis, Sir 
Dante, who should be able to tell you something more about this affair. The 
road to Verdistis is in the far NE of Rivertown...

14. Catch the thief! - 15000 XP and Reputation +3.
There's a farmhouse near the SW corner of Stormfist Castle, with farmers 
Reginald and Tom standing outside it. Tom tells you that someone has been 
stealing his cows at night, and he'd like you to find out who it is. Well... 
you have to wander around and talk to a lot of people to solve this one. 
Eventually, you'll meet Dorian. His house is the one in the NW of the poor 
area. Enter his cellar through the hatch and you'll find the evidence you're 
looking for. If you cover up for him (because he's giving the meat to the 
other poor people), then you technically fail to solve this quest, but you 
get the XP and Reputation increase documented above, and this does seem like 
the best solution to the problem.

15. Philosophy of life - 6000 XP and 1 level of Restoration!
Just north of Stormfist Castle there are 3 people standing on a bend in the 
road. Speak with Otto. They would like to worship their god Nemris in 
Nericon's Garden (just to the north of here), but they say the gate is locked 
and a merchant named Blake has the key. Blake's store is on the west side of 
the market area, but he will only give you the key to Nericon's Garden if 
your Reputation is high enough. Mine was 18 at the time he finally agreed to 
give me the key. Even then, you must pay some gold coins for the privilege. 
So... head for Nericon's Garden with Blake's key. Gee, there sure are a lot 
of frogs around here. Remember that Blake mentioned something about frogs? 
Notice how when you hover your cursor over them that they're for some reason 
extremely hostile? Well, the key to solving this quest is that you must kill 
all the frogs! A ranged weapon is very helpful in this regard. Once you've 
done that, a portal opens. Go through the portal and take all the gold coins 
(and the frog statuette if you aren't swimming in the damn things already). 
Then exit and talk to the statue in the north part of garden, but save before 
you do! I'll leave it to you to figure out the answers to the questions he 
asks of you. Once you've answered the three questions correctly, Otto and the 
other two followers come rushing in to worship their god...

16. Finding the Holy Weapon - 34000 XP and a very powerful item of your 
choosing.
You get this quest when you find the first of the three Strange Weapons. You 
can find them in any order, depending on where your wanders take you. Here 
are the three weapons and their locations:
  1. Strange Dagger - Verdistis, Ducal Inn, Rob's room in basement. You must 
     join the thieves guild to get access to this weapon.
  2. Strange Amulet - Dark Forest, Elven Ruins, in cobwebs after entering 
     through platform in pond.
  3. Strange Sword - Iona's dungeon, northern area. You get chucked in here 
     upon leaving Stormfist Castle when Janus dismisses you from service.
Once you've found all three Strange Weapons, then find the stairway that's 
hidden in a clump of trees to the NE of the Cathedral. Once down there, DO 
NOT TOUCH ANY OF THE 4 TOMBS, or you will break this quest. Stand in the hex 
floor pattern to the SE of the statue there, and it will speak to you. You 
have a choice of which of the three Holy Weapons you'd prefer. Once you've 
made your choice, the other two items are destroyed and merged with this one 
to produce a very powerful third item, which is one of the following 
depending on your preference:
  * Strange Dagger becomes: Small nobleman's dagger. Guaranteed to do much 
    more damage than your average dagger.
  * Strange Amulet becomes: Nobleman's amulet, probably the least powerful 
    of the 3 items.
  * Strange Sword becomes: Nobleman's sword, a nice one-handed weapon.
The attributes of the various items you create are somewhat random, so I 
can't tell you exactly what you'll wind up with... but it will be good, you 
can bet on that :-)

17. An appointment with the new ruler of Ferol - 27500 XP and 
Reputation +10.
You get this quest once you've received an invitation to visit Janus at 
Stormfist Castle. Now, you might think this sounds crazy, but the first thing 
you should do before you enter the castle is go to the farmlands and put two 
bundles of straw in your inventory. Also make sure you're stocked up on 
potions. It's not that you're going to need this stuff inside the castle. 
It's for where you're going directly AFTER you visit the castle! Once you're 
ready to roll, head over to Stormfist Castle and flash your fancy invitation 
at the captain of the guard. As soon as you enter the castle, you're accosted 
by a mischievous imp (really, is there any other kind?) named ZixZax. And... 
he promptly relieves you of your teleporter pyramids! Nothing you can do to 
prevent this happening, by the way. Are you getting a bad feeling about this 
yet? Anyway, you follow one of Janus' aides inside and are presented to his 
majesty, the spoiled little brat. Guess where you're expected to spend the 
next 40 years of your life? (though obviously not, because that would put 
quite a dent in the ol' gameplay, yah?) But anyway, you're now in the service 
of Janus, at least for the time being, so better do as he says and meet him 
in his quarters (north, then east, then SE), where you get Quest 18.

18. Find the white cat - 15000 XP.
This Janus really is an annoying little twit. He's obviously got nothing 
better to do than send you all over the castle on his petty little errands. 
Oh well, best get stuck into it as you're not going anywhere in a hurry... 
from Janus' room, just wander down the hall south a bit, and you'll be 
approached by a white cat. Hey, it's Zandalor's friend, Arhu, the little 
guy that woke you up at the start of the game! You learn that Zandalor has 
apparently gone off in search of the third Marked One, who he fears Janus is 
holding prisoner somewhere in the depths of the castle dungeons. Actually, 
now that you've found the cat, you're free to do a little exploring of your 
own because Janus isn't expecting you back for a while. So, in the SW part 
of the castle, there's a room just north of the locked armoury with a bronze 
key that unlocks the armoury sitting right there on the table. In the SW 
part of the armoury, there's a shield requiring ID level 5. Once identified, 
this turns out to be the Shield of the Dragon, part of the fabled Dragon 
Armor set. When you're finished exploring, return to Janus to get the next 
boring quest.

19. Deliver a love letter to Lela - 15000 XP.
Lela's room is just to the South of Janus' room. Deliver the letter Janus 
gives you and then return to him.

20. Flowers for Lela - 15000 XP.
These are located outside the castle building by the front gate, just to the 
east of the well. When you return to see Janus after this errand he is no 
longer in his room. So, go to the throne room. You witness an embarrassing 
exchange between Janus and Bronthion, a very important elf. After it's over, 
Janus sends you on Quest 21.

21. Find the teddy bear - 15000 XP.
The teddy bear is in the corner just outside Janus' room. After you deliver 
it to Lela and are exiting her room, Janus' aide runs up to you and says that 
you are to attend a meeting in the throne room with some merchants from 
Verdistis forthwith. See Quest 22.

22. Escaping Stormfist Castle - 15000 XP and Reputation -15.
The merchants have come from Verdistis to support Janus in the war against 
the orcs. Right in the middle of the meeting, some orcs break into the castle 
and attempt to assassinate Janus. No matter how quick you are to draw you 
sword and kill most of the orcs, Janus still has to raise his hand. As 
punishment for not being as good a 'protector' as you should have been, Janus 
has you turfed out of the castle (yipee! Free at last), but tarnishes your 
reputation in the process (hey, we can live with that). However, your freedom 
is short-lived... you won't get far from Stormfist Castle before Elona 
catches up with you. Turns out that Janus' advisor is actually a wicked hag 
in disguise named Iona. You are whisked to her dungeon, and now have a new 
prison to escape from. There are two orcs guarding your cell. But all you 
need do is try to open the locked door, then move away, and Arhu comes to 
the rescue! He takes care of both orcs, and hands you the key to your cell. 
Once out of the cell, there is little of interest on this floor, so just 
head up the stairway in the SW corner to get Quest 23.

23. Find your equipment in Iona's dungeon - 41000 XP.
Arhu is there when you reach the top of the stairs, and indicates that a 
chest behind a locked door contains all your gear. The key to open this door 
is plainly seen in a room to the east. And now it's time to retrieve your 
belongings and fight your way out of this place. Unless you're a really 
strong character at this stage in the proceedings, it's best just to take the 
shortest path out of this dungeon, fighting as little as possible (not that 
you won't have quite a bit of fighting to do nonetheless). To find your way 
out, just keep heading west. You'll have to make the occasional detour either 
north or south, but the further you get to the west, the closer you are to 
the stairway that leads back to the outside world. However, there are a few 
interesting diversions here for the curious. Firstly, there's an intriguing 
manuscript in a room all the way to the NE. With it, you can summon a horde 
of skeletons and other creatures, including a tough lich. Only for those 
desperately in need of more XP though, otherwise I'd give it a miss for now 
(you should come back here later though, when your character is much 
stronger... say at least level 25. See section entitled 'Iona's dungeon 
revisited' below). Also, in the northen part of the dungeon, there's a 
skeleton chained to the wall in a niche. At his feet is a lone candle in a 
pentagram. If you extinguish this candle, a section of the wall to the north 
opens. It looks like there are a lot of gems for the taking in this room, but 
it turns out to be an illusion when you try to pick one of them up. However, 
there does remain a Stange Sword. This is one of the three Holy Weapons (see 
Quest 16). And in a room in the SE part of this dungeon, there is a portal in 
the centre of three pedestals that hold ancient pyramids, much like the ones 
you just lost. But this portal is guarded by some tough skeletons. Touching 
any of the pyramids in an attempt to put it in your inventory just seems to 
invoke more of them! However, if you can manage to step on the portal in all 
this mayhem, it takes you very close to the exit from the dungeon. It looks 
like you are trapped, but you can walk right through a 'rock wall' to the 
south, and then the way out is just to the SW of here. Anyway, there are some 
very tough battles to be fought in this dungeon. Once you've gone as far as 
you're willing to go regards topping up your Vitality and Magic with precious 
potions, it's time to find a calm place to deploy those two bundles of straw 
you brought with you to make a bed. Finally, when you find a stairway leading 
up all the way on the west side of the dungeon, you'll have your freedom... 
you get 11000 of the above XP for finding your equipment, and the rest when 
you exit Iona's dungeon. You find yourself in a graveyard. Arhu is there 
again, and you get Quest 24 as a result. But Iona appears right after you 
finish speaking to Arhu, and you have to fight some tough zombies. I wound up 
running like hell for the graveyard gate, which is just to the SE of here! 
Once outside, you'll bump into Apollo, who'll give you Quest 25.

24. Find out what happened to Zandalor - 55000 XP.
If you're already a member of the thieves guild, you can start looking for 
ideas about how to get back into Stormfist Castle by talking to Rob in the 
Ducal Inn, Verdistis (if you're not a member of this prestigious guild, then 
see Verdistis Quest 6 for details). Rob tells you to speak to Lain, in the 
poor area of Rivertown. Indeed, Lain's house is on the east side of the poor 
area. If you move some stuff inside his house, a hatch is revealed. Then, 
there's what appears to be a locked hatch in his cellar. But you can go down 
there no problem. Once in the sewers, head east, then south to the entrance 
of Stormfist Castle's treasure room. Before you go in there, beware that you 
will not be able to cast any spells once you enter, so be sure to have a lot 
of health potions to hand...
If you head east, then south, then all the way west once you enter the 
treasure room, you'll encounter a deathknight and a bunch of orcs (that you 
saw in the animation concerning the death of the other Marked One when you 
first entered the treasure room). There are a few ways to get past these 
foul creatures. Firstly, you could just kill them all... but there's also a 
possibility to turn yourself into a frog or other such creature and sneak by 
them to meet Zandalor in the room to the west. Anyway, once you meet up with 
Zandalor, he wants you to retrieve the Sword of Lies. He gives you a password 
that allows you to get past the door all the way to the NE (27500 XP for 
this, but be careful. Lots of traps on the way). Once you get past this door, 
you'll find a toy dragon there (a hint that Janus has been here), but no 
Sword of Lies (make sure you get the dialogue that tells you the Sword of 
Lies is gone). Return to Zandalor then, and  he'll get you both out of there 
(the other 27500 XP). But when you return to the Dwarven Bread Inn, you see 
a cutscene whereby Wouter is lured outside and killed by a dragon rider. 
There is nothing you could do to prevent this happening, and now you are the 
only remaining Marked One. Once you are ready, talk to Zandalor, and he will 
transport you to the Council of Seven. See section concerning Council of 
Seven below for further details...

25. Help Apollo finding his friend Shrimpo - 30000 XP.
You meet Apollo as soon as you exit the graveyard after escaping from Iona's 
dungeon. If you accept his quest, then in the NE part of the graveyard you'll 
find a circle of tombstones. Once you've read the inscriptions on all these 
tombstones, a lobster-like creature appears to attack you. That's Shrimpo 
alright. After you dispatch him, Apollo appears and tells you what can only 
be described as a very long fish story :-)

26. Desecration? - 30000 XP and 1000 gold coins.
You'll get this quest in the cathedral, located to the north of the cursed 
abbey. Be careful, because the spirits you encounter are pretty easy to get 
by, but there's a tough lich in there! If you have a bit of patience, you can 
try drawing the lich out of the cathedral and a fair way down the footpath. 
Then just outrun him, circle back to the cathedral, and he won't come back 
after you. Anyway, when you first entered the cathedral, you saw the priest 
hurry to his confession chair in the east part of the cathedral. Click on it, 
and you're transported to the basement, where you find Father Theofolus. Hmm. 
Sounds like this Vinny lad might be worth tracking down. But it's actually 
very easy to sort this one out. Once you head back up the ladder, you'll 
see Vinny pissing into the celebratory wine. Obviously, this is the 
desecration Father Theofolus has been worried about. Just talk to him at the 
altar then, and collect your reward. If you question him further, you'll also 
discern that he sells a feign death potion! Just the trick for solving 
Quest 5.

27. Remove the curse - 65500 XP and Reputation +2.
In the very north of the farmlands, you should bump into a farmer named Finn. 
He'll talk of strange goings-on in the abbey to the north. Zandalor also put 
this place on your map, saying you might find out something to do with the 
teleporter scrolls... I wouldn't venture in there until you're at least a 
level 20 character. Anyway, once you do get inside the actual building, head 
for the SE part of it, and there's a stairway down into the basement there. 
Once in the basement, watch out for traps, and make your way south. You'll 
find a locked wooden door there, but a lever on the wall directly to the 
west opens it. Then when you're as far south in the basement as you can get, 
you'll find another lever. Use it, and a door in the NW part of the 
basement (close to where you first entered the basement) is unlocked. The 
object of your quest is in this room, a spectre called The Engineer. Let him 
tell you his story, and then pay him 1000 gold coins to remove the curse 
(38000 of the above XP). Believe me, you don't want to fight him and the 
legions of undead he summons if you don't pay! If you also got the quest from 
Finn, then you get an additional 27500 XP and some Reputation points. But 
don't leave yet. On a table in the centre of the room is the teleporter 
scroll of the humans (but you probably have that already). And in the NW part 
of this room, wedged between two bookcases, is a Dragon Amulet - but yet 
again this turns out not to be part of the famous Dragon Armor set :-(

28. Kidnapped by a zombie - 22500 XP and Reputation +1.
Just to the SW of the barracks, there's a graveyard. Immediately you enter, a 
woman named Elora is kidnapped by zombies. You just have to enter one of the 
pits in the centre of the graveyard, then fight your way to Elora in the NE 
part of the area you wind up in. As soon as you reach her, the quest is 
completed.

29. Free the hostages - 38000 XP, Reputation +2, and 500+ gold coins.
As you approach the archers guild (far SW of Rivertown), a boy will tell you 
that his parents are being held hostage in their house, which is to the SE of 
here. Beware that the place is guarded by some really tough mercenaries. Take 
the key you find to the NE of the house, and use it to enter the door in the 
NW part (entering any other door dooms them to death by the thieves). If you 
head back to the archers guild after you free the hostages and speak to 
Arnie, he'll tell you that there's some stuff of his you may have that's in 
a locked chest. But the key to the chest is in a locked cupboard, the key to 
that is on the leader of the thieves, and he's a tough bloke to kill... 
anyway, if you do manage to kill this Raven character, the chest contains a 
fair amount of gold coins.

30. Restore Maria's reputation - 30000 XP, membership in the merchants 
guild... and an opportunity to buy a house.
In a house just to the north of the quarantined area, you'll find Maria. She 
tells you how a corrupt member of the merchants guild had her father falsely 
arrested and destroyed the reputation of her family. Maria puts the location 
of Malcom's house on your map. You can go talk to Malcom (room in the SE of 
the merchants guild in Verdistis). If you ask him about ways to join the 
guild, he'll ask you to assassinate Maria in return for guild membership. But 
you already spoke with her, and this is NOT a good idea in the light of what 
you know. So... pay a visit to Malcom's house. It's just to the SW of Sir 
Dante's mansion. The book you are looking for is on top of a cupboard in the 
back room. Drag it into your inventory. Then pay a visit to Trevor, the guild 
master, in the room to the NW in the merchants guild. After you expose 
Malcom and restore Maria's reputation, he'll offer you free membership in the 
guild if you ask about it. But you're not finished here just yet. Go back to 
Maria, and tell her that you shopped Malcom. She then returns to Verdistis, 
reputation restored. Now you can go back to Trevor and inquire about buying a 
house. He tells you that you need a recommendation from someone who was born 
in Verdistis. And Maria is now right there in the merchants guild! So ask 
Trevor about buying the house one more time, then go speak to Maria. She 
talks to Trevor on your behalf, and now you can either buy (for 30000 gold 
coins) or rent (for 1000 gold coins a month) Malcom's old house from Trevor. 
You get 42000 XP for this, but I don't really see the point. There are 
cheaper ways to get XP!


Verdistis
=========
You get here by taking the road that leads to the far NE part of Rivertown.

As you wander towards the town watch in the centre of Verdistis, you 
should be approached by Verlat, one of the soldiers you healed in Aleroth. 
He'll hand you a sapphire ring, a very powerful family heirloom. Get it 
identified at your earliest opportunity and wear it!

Quests
------
1. The brooch - 54000 XP and 1000 gold coins.
If you're trying to find out who murdered the duke for Commander Ralph, then 
the location of Sir Dante's mansion should already be on your map. If not, 
it's in the NW part of Verdistis. There's a big lock on the front gate, but 
the gate is open. Enter the mansion, and keep going till you're in a hall 
with locked doors. There's an unlocked door here to the left, and Dante's 
assisstant Rendall is through there. Speak with him, and you'll get this 
quest to retrieve a valuable brooch from a dwarven jeweller. But this is a 
long, long way to go just for 1000 gold coins reward. In any case, you don't 
have to undertake this quest to get an audience with Sir Dante. Just walk 
right into the next room, where you can get Quest 2.
Anyway, if you do decide to undertake this quest, you should be at least at 
level 20. You have a long journey ahead of you, and a lot of tough critters 
to kill. Head to the Dark Forest (entrance in far SW of Rivertown area). From 
there, head along the path south, and then west until you come to the cleft 
in the rocks that leads to the dwarven halls (it's marked with a red flag on 
your map). Some tough forest trolls along here. A crossbow used in 
conjunction with Poison Weapon works a treat here. Once inside the dwarven 
halls, you'll see the dwarven jeweler's little red flag to the south. You'll 
have to take one of the portals to get across the River of Gold. Before you 
speak to Elmer Vignus, be sure to save your game. It's easy enough to get the 
brooch alright, but Elmer has a really good selection of amulets and rings, 
(generated at random) and you'll want to reload a few times to make sure you 
get the piece you're looking for :-)

2. Steal Sir Patrick's title deed - 15000 XP.
Commander Ralph told you that Sir Dante has contacts in the Assassins Guild, 
and when you ask Dante about this, he says he'll reveal his contact if you 
do him a little favour. You must steal a title deed from his arch rival Sir 
Patrick. Sir Dante puts Sir Patrick's mansion on the map. When you first go 
there, it appears that you are cut off from most of the mansion. But there's 
a portal stone that's partially concealed on the west side of the estate. 
Once you've used the portal stone to get inside, you have to unlock all 4 
doors off the central room before you can gain access to the western roon, 
and this is how you do it: pull the lever in the SE room down. This unlocks 
the door to the NE room. Pull the lever in the NW room down. This unlocks the 
door to the SW room. Pull the lever in the centre room down. This locks all 
four doors leading to the levers, and unlocks the room to the west, where 
Sir Patrick's title deed is sitting on a table. When you return to Sir Dante, 
he reluctantly gives you the name of a member of the Assassins Guild, Yarun, 
who is presently on the premises of the Merchants Guild, in the NW part of 
Verdistis. See Quest 3 for further details.

3. Get in touch with the Assassins Guild - 22500 XP and Reputation -2.
Once you get to the Merchants Guild, you'll find Yarun in a room to the SW. 
When you speak with Yarun and mention Dante, he'll become very defensive. 
Very soon, you will find 3 assassins bearing down on you, and Yarun 
disappears. Well, he's disappeared into the wooden cupboard there. Once you 
click on it, you end up in the basement. When you head further south, you run 
into Yarun again. Be prepared to fight your way through a ton of assassins, 
and they are tough! You see that Yarun runs away to the east, so follow him. 
He eventually winds up in a room to the east, and just north of the room with 
the big circular hollow spot in the middle. He reluctantly agrees to arrange 
a meeting between yourself and Cybu, the alleged killer of the duke, marking 
the spot on your map.

4. Meet Cybu, the murderer of the Duke - Quest 5.
You have to complete Quest 3 in order to get this one. Then meet Cybu, listen 
to his story, and kill him! Make sure that you pick up the manuscript near 
Cybu's body, which implicates him in the murder of the duke; else, you'll 
face a long trek back here to retrieve it after you talk to Commander Ralph 
without being able to substantiate your claims. You now have Quest 5.

5. Report to Commander Ralph - 13000 XP, Reputation +5, and Rivertown 
Quest 17.
You get this quest as a result of completing Quest 4. Make sure you have the 
manuscript that was dropped by Cybu when he died before you talk to Commander 
Ralph, or else you'll have to go all the way back to Verdistis to fetch it. 
Once you can produce the evidence, you'll finally get your invitation to 
Stormfist Castle.

6. First thieves guild test - 13000 XP and Quest 7.
If you're interested in joining the thieves guild, talk to Rob behind the bar 
at the Ducal Inn. Rob asks you to relieve a guy over in the corner (named 
Sweeney) of a necklace. You only need the 1st level of Pickpocket skill to do 
this, but you won't be able to get anywhere with no Pickpocket skill at all, 
so don't even bother if that is the case.

7. Second thieves guild test - 35500 XP, membership in the thieves 
guild, and Reputation -2.
You need to complete Quest 6 first, then Rob gives you another test. Just go 
down the hatch into the basement, head into the next room, and lockpick the 
door to the north there. I'm not sure, but I think you need at least 2 
levels of the Lockpick skill to get by here. Anyway, just pick up the bottle 
of ale that's on the floor in that room, and head back to Rob. You are now a 
member of the thieves guild. In addition to the rewards mentioned above, Rob 
will also teach you one level of either: Lockpick, Disarm Traps, or 
Pickpocket. And finally... now that you have the run of the house, you can 
pay a visit to the thieves guild headquarters. Head back to the basement, and 
then keep going through doors to the east until you are accosted by Rodgar. 
He wants to have a bet with you, but you need to fork over 5000 gold coins in 
order to participate (you'll also need Lockpick level 5 to complete it). See 
Quest 9 for details. Anyway, once you speak to Rodgar, go through a door to 
the north, and keep heading north till you come to Rob's room. You are warned 
before you enter to 'be careful', but you're only here for one thing, and no 
one seems to mind that you take it: in a book on a table, you'll find a 
Strange Dagger, which is one of three Holy Weapons. See Rivertown Quest 16.

8. Avenge Graham - 38000 XP.
Graham is standing at the bar in the Ducal Inn. He'll tell you that a soldier 
named Cirgon scarred him in a fight, and that he wants to be avenged. 
Cirgon's house is in the west part of Verdistis. He tells a different story. 
Go back and talk to Graham. Technically, you fail to solve the quest, but you 
get the XP for finding an amicable resolution to the problem.

9. Lock picking bet - 25000 XP and 5000+ gold coins.
You need to have Lockpick level 5 to complete this quest. Don't bother 
otherwise, because it will cost you 5000 gold coins just to participate. Once 
you're ready, talk to Rodgar, and he takes the 5000 off you right away. Then 
follow his instructions. Once you've picked the 5th lock (door to the 
treasure room, and feel free to pilfer anything while you're in there), you 
can then return to Rodgar to collect your reward. He returns your original 
5000 gold coin wager, and gives you about 5000 more as a prize.

10. Do I want to summon a demon? - 42000 XP and a level of Banish.
You get this quest by visiting Corinna the summoner's house, which is located 
just to the south of the park, which is itself south of the merchants guild. 
As you enter the house, you hear a commotion in the back room. When you open 
the door to this room, you find Corinna there, and she has almost managed to 
kill a demon that she summoned. Finish the demon off, then talk to Corinna. 
If you express an interest in summoning, she'll offer to train you, but she 
needs 3 items first (there's always a catch, isn't there?):
  1. A branch from a 'talking tree' in the Dark Forest - once you get this 
     quest, the talking tree will be marked by a little red flag. It's in the 
     SE part of the Dark Forest. If you approach the tree from the west, you 
     should encounter a party of elves. They'll tell you that the tree is 
     (unnecessarily) afraid of woodcutters. When you confront the talking 
     tree after this, you'll then get the dialogue choice to say there is a 
     woodcutter in the area. This will keep the tree preoccupied, and you'll 
     be able to take a branch without fear of harm; otherwise, you'll have to 
     grab it while the tree is attacking you. The branch you are seeking has 
     a description like a weapon, and is on the right-hand side of the tree.
  2. A book on summoning from her friend, Penumbra - but Penumbra is being 
     held captive in the thieves guild. If you're already a member of this 
     prestigious guild, then no problem gaining entry; otherwise, you'll have 
     to complete Quests 6 and 7 first. See Quest 11 for details on how to 
     free Penumbra.
  3. A special bottle of wine from Pierce, the wine merchant - talk to 
     Pierce, whose shop is located on the east side of Verdistis. When you 
     tell him that you're looking for a special bottle of wine for Corinna 
     the summoner, you find out that the last bottle was sold to a fellow 
     named Anthrabert who is staying at the Ducal Inn. You get Quest 13 as a 
     result.
Once you have got all 3 of the necessary items, talk to Corinna again. She'll 
ask you to fetch a plant from her garden (nightflower, in north part of 
garden), and meet her in the basement. Talk to Corinna in the basement, then 
go stand in the western pentagram. She summons a demon, and then banishes it 
straight away. Talk to her again afterwards, and you complete this quest with 
a level of Banish thrown in to boot. Not exactly a stellar reward, but you 
got a lot of XP along the way! 

11. Free Penumbra - 113500 XP and Quest 12.
Penumbra is being held in a locked room on the far eastern side of the 
thieves guild. Talk to the thief guarding her cell, go through all the 
dialogue choices, then exit the room through the door to the west. The guard 
goes to relieve himself then. Take the key from the table next to the door, 
and enter Penumbra's cell. She says to meet her back at Corinna's house, and 
promptly takes off (67500 XP). When you talk to her back at Corinna's house, 
you get the rest of the XP and Quest 12.

12. Retrieve Penumbra's dagger - 67500 XP and Penumbra's book.
Penumbra agrees to give you her book if you retrieve her dagger from the town 
watch, which is in the north part of Verdistis. Wait till the drunk watch 
commander, Kratus, leaves the room and take a key from inside the table to 
the right. Then wait for Kratus to come back, enter his room to the west, and 
head south though the locked door. Penumbra's dagger "Heartseeker" is in a 
chest on the west wall. You may have trouble getting back out through Kratus' 
room if he's still there. In that case, you can lockpick the door to the east 
that gets you around Kratus and back into the main room where you can then 
get back out on the street. Return to Penumbra and present her with the 
dagger to obtain your book of summoning.

13. A bottle of wine - 58000 XP and a bottle of exquisite wine.
Anthrabert's room is in the NW part of the Ducal Inn. He refuses to sell you 
the bottle of wine, but will give it to you in exchange for a favour... he 
wants you to burn the cart of Mpenzak the merchant, who is located in the NE 
part of Verdistis. Now, you can accept this quest, but a much better idea is 
to refuse. Anthrabert then gets someone else to perform the evil deed, and 
the next time you return to Mpenzak's cart, it is burnt to a cinder and a 
crowd has gathered. Talk to captain Perrewis there, and you can immediately 
implicate Anthrabert. Then go back to Anthrabert's now vacant room and pick 
up the bottle of wine from the floor!


Verdistis sewers
================
You can gain access to the sewers from 2 places:
  1. The grate in the park, directly to the SW of the merchants guild.
  2. A stairway in the SE part of the assassins guild, which is itself 
     underneath the merchants guild (remember, you enter the assassins guild 
     through a cupboard in a room in the SW part of the merchants guild). 
There are a lot of lizards to kill down here, but for the most part it's 
pretty uninteresting, except for: a room all the way in the NE part of the 
sewers contains a body with a piece of a treasure map on it. For finding 
this, you get Quest 1 below (that is, if you haven't already found another 
piece of the treasure map somewhere else). In the SW part of the sewers, 
you'll find a teleporter. Just to the east of there, you notice the smell of 
poison when you enter a room. There's a well in the middle of the room. You 
get poisoned when you access it, but you find 10000 gold coins inside.

Quests
------
1. Treasure maps - Quest 2.
(Note: I lumped these two quests into the Verdistis sewers section of the 
guide because that's where I happened to find the first piece of the map that 
triggered these quests. No other reason) You have to find 4 pieces of a 
treasure map that are scattered all over the kingdom. Here are their 
locations:
  1. On a body in the far NE part of the Verdistis sewers.
  2. You can buy one off Mpenzak the merchant, who is located in the NE of 
     Verdistis. You must already have at least one piece of the map to show 
     him before he'll sell you his piece. He asks 500 for it, but you can 
     haggle him down to 50.
  3. On a table in a cave full of spiders, which is NW of the archers guild.
  4. In a locked room in the far SW of the dwarven halls. You should be able 
     to lockpick the door there, which is right next to the entrance to the 
     mines beneath the dwarven halls. Take the scroll on the floor next to 
     the bed.
Once you have the 4 map pieces, you then get Quest 2.  

2. Bring on the treasure - Armor of Larian.
Before you can embark on this quest, which is in reality a very complex 
'Easter egg', you need the following things:
  1. Silver breastplate - see Dark Forest Quest 13.
  2. Five bottles of dwarven ale from Rimmer - see Dark Forest Quest 14. If 
     you didn't complete this quest, then you can always buy the bottles from 
     Rimmer instead.
  3. One teleporter stone with you, the other safely near a bed.
  4. Exactly 2002 gold coins. Stash the rest in a chest somewhere. The trick 
     is to put all your gold coins in the chest, then drag a pile back into 
     your inventory while pressing the Ctrl key. Then choose exactly 2002 
     coins from the resulting panel.
  5. Lockpick skill level 5 would be very handy to have, though probably not 
     essential. There are a lot of locked doors where you're going, and you 
     may not want to mess around trying to find all the keys and levers to 
     open them.
The entrance to the treasure cave is directly to the NW of the camp where 
the two guys who were collecting urns hang out. It's in a nook in the cliffs, 
just behind a large pine tree. You have to move your cursor all over the pine 
tree in order to find it. Once you get inside the cave, there's a huge 
spiderweb to the north that you walk through. Then in the NW corner, NE 
corner, and SE corner of this cave respectively, there are crystal balls. 
Drag each crystal ball into your inventory. Once you have all 3 crystal 
balls, head to the SW part of the cave where you'll find a large bowl. Drag 
each of the crystal balls into this bowl, and when you drop the third one in, 
a secret entrance opens up to the west. Head in there and touch the shrine. 
A tough demon appears. Once you defeat him, another entrance to the south 
opens up. Lots of bats in here, but they're easy to get by. To the SE there's 
a room with a few chests in it, and a lot of gold coins. Remember to resist 
the natural urge to pick up any coins, because you need exactly 2002 in your 
inventory! You can walk right through the north wall here. Pick up the the 4 
ropes that are sitting on the portal, save your game, then step onto the 
portal... if you have the 5 bottles of dwarven wine and exactly 2002 gold 
coins in your inventory, you'll wind up in a new area (if you wind up back at 
the treasure cave entrance, then you had the wrong quantities of these 
items). Once you're in this new area, things get mighty strange. You have to 
realise that this whole thing is an Easter egg, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to 
the staff at Larian. So, you're going to see computers and stuff like that. 
Anyway, the first thing you notice is a knight and a demon having a go at 
each other. Ignore them, as you can't intervene. Open the first prison hatch 
you come to, and then use a rope on it. Descend into the cave below... and 
meet the Larian team! You can decide to release any or all of them if you 
like; I don't think it matters. Make your way to the far SE of the cave, and 
you will meet Swen. Head to the room to the north of where Swen is, take the 
stairway down, and kill all the bugs down there for Swen (these are computer 
programming bugs, get it? :-) Once you've got them all, return to Swen and he 
will upgrade your silver breastplate into Armor of Larian! Then use your 
teleporter stone to get out of there.


Dark Forest
===========
You get here by following the path that leads to the SW from the archers 
guild, which is in the far SW of the Rivertown area.

Quests
------
1. Find a Collectors Item - 30000 XP and 5000 gold coins.
Not far from the entrance to the Dark Forest, just a bit to the south down 
the path, you'll find Raymond and Brian camped out. It seems that they gave a 
few mercenaries the task of finding an ancient burial vase, but the 
mercenaries have not returned. You can make an offer to beat the mercenaries 
to the vase, and thus collect the reward they would have received. Well... if 
you head east from there for a few hundred metres, and then slightly NE, 
you'll wind up in the middle of the elven ruins. There's a pond there, with a 
platform in the centre surrounded by flowers. If you go underground via this 
platform, the first thing you should find is one of the 3 Holy Weapons (see 
Rivertown Quest 16), the Strange Amulet, in the cobwebs there. Then just 
around the corner to the west, you'll find the ancient burial vase that you 
came here for. Be prepared to fight through some tough ghosts to get to it 
though!

2. The sword in the stone - 99000 XP and Reputation +2.
Just to the NE of the elven ruins, you come upon a sword stuck in a boulder. 
Pulling it out (46000 XP) unleashes an evil ghost. You can run away with the 
sword and have it identified, but you can't keep it for too long. Rumour hath 
it that the ghost will kill everyone in the elven village to the south if you 
do that. So... kill the ghost as soon as you can, wait till light emanates 
from the boulder, and then drag the sword back onto the boulder to trap him 
forever (remainder of the XP).

3. Fight the mountain trolls - failed to solve quest.
Just south of the elven ruins, you'll likely bump into a chap named Saphiro. 
He'll ask for your assistance fighting the mountain trolls, and he marks 
their location on your map. It's a bit to the west of here. But when you 
arrive there, it turns out to be a trap set by Saphiro and his buddies. So 
just kill them, and take all their nice gear.

4. Becoming a member of the warriors guild - Quest 5.
The warriors guild is located between two lakes to the south of the elven 
ruins. You have to go around the western lake, and then up a set of stairs 
when you get to the end of the path. Talk to Alrik inside the castle, and you 
get a key, along with Quest 5.

5. The first test - 88000 XP and Quest 6.
Head down the stairway to the west of Alrik, then head south and use the key 
he gave you to open the locked door to the south. Once you go down the 
stairway there, then head for the room to the north. Flipping the lever in 
that room unlocks the door to the west. The lever in the western room unlocks 
the door to the south, and the lever there unlocks the room to the east, 
where you will find... the guardian of the cyclops - one tough cookie that 
keeps conjuring stuff until you manage to kill him. Then grab the eye of the 
cyclops from the pedestal in the centre of the room and return to Alrik with 
it.

6. The second test - 93500 XP, Boomerang +1, and membership in the 
warriors guild.
You must complete Quest 5 first, then Alrik gives you this one. It involves 
killing a dragon rider. Hmm. Anyway, for the intrepid amongst you... he marks 
the location of the castle on your map. It's to the SW of here. This castle 
also happens to be known as the imps' deserted castle. You approach it from 
the south, and go up a set of stone stairs. Once inside, head down the 
stairway in the back room. You'll have to make your way to the NE part of 
the dungeon from there. In a room all the way to the north of the dungeon, 
you'll find the teleporter scroll of the imps, resting on a pile of rotten 
food. You eventually encounter a dragon rider... I found that a combination 
of releasing death scorpions and running away worked rather well in this 
situation. Once you've managed to bump off the dragon rider, you'll find the 
Dragonheart gem near his body. Take it back to Alrik, and he'll grant you 
membership in the warriors guild, as well as allowing you to keep the gem 
(see Quest 11).

7. Evil transformation - 72000 XP.
Somewhere in your wanderings in the southern part of the Dark Forest, you 
should come upon a boar that claims it's been transformed from a human into 
this form by an evil mage who lives in a house to the SE of here. He tells 
you that the way to gain entrance to Boratus' cellar is via a painting...

8. Kill Boratus and find cure for his animals - 93500 XP and 
Reputation +2.
So you find Boratus' house, touch the painting over the bed, and a section 
of the wall slides over. Move one of the barrels, head down to his cellar 
via the stairway in the back room, and note the locked chest on a table in 
the room to the south. Enter the room to the east, and then Lockpick the door 
to the south there and talk to Anthea, who has been transformed into a cow. 
She will implore you to find a cure. As soon as you exit Anthea's cell, 
Boratus comes down the stairs. Defeat him, then take his key. It opens the 
locked chest, where you will find a book inferring that only some holy 
water from the dwarven halls might be able to reverse the transformations. 
Thus you get Quest 9.

9. Find the dwarven priest - 77500 XP and Quest 10.
The priest you are looking for is named Penthalos, and his house is in the 
dwarven halls, directly south of the hall where the dwarven king hangs out. 
It's on an island, so you need to hop over there using one of the portal 
stones. Penthalos has holy water alright, but he doesn't have a proper vessel 
to hold it in :-( So we now have to go searching for a holy grail. See 
Quest 10.

10. Find the grail - 93500 XP.
Well, it turns out this grail is in a cave in the SW part of the Dark Forest, 
due west from the elven village. The cave entrance is located in a cleft in 
the rocks, NW of the imps' deserted castle. Once inside the cave, you have to 
defeat a tough infernal guardian, then go up the stairs and through the 
glowing door. Uh oh, this doesn't look good at all. Lots and lots of grail 
guardians lined up against the walls, obviously just waiting for you to take 
the grail so they can spring into action. Even worse, when you enter the room 
to the north where the grail is sitting on an altar, you awake a terrible 
creature from its slumber. Sure enough, once you move the holy grail into 
your inventory, he attacks. But it's then quite easy to make a mad dash back 
into the room to the south, and from there straight south and back out 
through the glowing door. Don't worry, they won't follow you!
When you return to Penthalos with the empty grail, he nips off and fills it 
with holy water for you. Now you can return to Boratus' house, transform 
Anthea the cow back to her normal self, and you have completed Quest 8. 
Also, the next time you walk along the path north of the elven village, 
you'll run into the transformed boar and his mate. Funnily enough, he's 
now happy to remain as a boar, and you've just solved Quest 7!

11. Dragon Armour - a set of really fine armour.
You have to complete Council of Seven Quest 13 in order to officially get 
this quest, but no doubt you've found various pieces of the Dragon Armour 
before this. Here's a description of the pieces of the Dragon Armour set 
and where to find them:
  1. Shield of the Dragon - in armoury, SW corner of Stormfist Castle (see 
     Rivertown Quest 18). I hope you got this item when you were in Stormfist 
     Castle, because TECHNICALLY you can't ever go back there again. However, 
     if you're absolutely stuck and need the Shield of the Dragon, there is a 
     way to get back into the Castle... take both teleporter stones with you. 
     Throw one inside the entrance to Stormfist (drag it as far past the 
     captain of the guard as you can), then drop the other stone on the 
     ground outside the entrance and use it to teleport inside the castle :-)
  2. Belt of the Dragon - in cellar of house to the south of Malcom's house 
     in Verdistis. The key to this house is hidden in a tree trunk on the SW 
     side of the house. The door it opens is on the west wall. In the back 
     room, you'll find a shelf with another key on it (this key opens a 
     locked chest in the cellar). You'll most likely drop through the rotten 
     floorboards into the cellar, or you can use the hatch. In the back room 
     of the cellar, move all the barrels to reveal the locked chest that 
     contains the belt and 1000 gold coins.
  3. Gloves of the Dragon - in a funeral pyre to the south of the steps you 
     use to enter the elven burial grounds, which are in the far south of the 
     Dark Forest.
  4. Breastplate of the Dragonheart - when you complete Council of Seven 
     Quest 13, the dwarven king tells you about the Dragon Armour set, and 
     informs you that a rich merchant in Verdistis is in possession of the 
     breastplate (and also that the dwarven king will give you the helm once 
     you have the breastplate). So... head back to Verdistis and talk to Sir 
     Patrick. He admits to having the breastplate in his basement, but he 
     wants you to collect a debt from a fellow named Lucius before he'll hand 
     it over. *sigh* You now have Quest 12. Once you have the breastplate in 
     your possession, you'll also need the Dragonheart gem (see Quest 6). 
     Then head back to the dwarven halls. Seek out Grischa the smith (on an 
     island in the SW of the halls), and have him identify the Breastplate of 
     the Dragon for you. Then ask him if he can repair the armour using the 
     Dragonheart gem. He'll combine the two items to produce a brand new 
     item, which you'll need to have him identify, called the Breastplate of 
     the Dragonheart (note: it takes him 24 game hours to produce this, so 
     you might want to go kill something in the meantime).
  5. Helmet of the Dragon - just go back to the dwarven king after Grischa 
     has produced the Breastplate of the Dragonheart, and he'll give you the 
     helm! Then go back to Grischa to get it identified.
Once you are wearing the entire set of Dragon Armor, you'll get a bonus skill! 
I got Elemental Strike, your mileage may vary.

12. Lucius' debts - 46000 XP, Reputation +2, and Breastplate of the 
Dragon!
Lucius' house is just to the NE of Sir Patrick's place. Of course, the poor 
blighter hasn't a penny to his name, and he owes Sir Patrick 2500. Frankly, 
the best thing to do here is offer to pay the debt fo him. It's only 2500 
gold coins, and if you aren't swimming in gold at this stage in the game, 
then something is wrong. So you return to Sir Patrick, pay the 2500, and he 
immediately gives you the breastplate. Whew, that was easy! I thought I was 
going to have to rummage in the cellar for it and kill another 50 creatures 
to get my hands on the thing.

13. Kill the stalker - silver breastplate.
If you follow the path that leads west from the warriors guild, you'll come 
upon a hermit standing outside his house. He wants you to kill a demon that 
stalks the land around here, and lives in a cave to the SW. He marks the 
location of the stalker's lair on your map. Funnily enough, you'll notice 
a lot of butterflys as you approach the cave... but it's filled with vampiric 
ghouls. On the east side of the cave, you'll bump into the hermit again. 
Turns out he's the stalker, and has lured you here to feed on you. Poison 
Weapon does the trick here. Once he's dead, make sure you get the breastplate 
from the chest that's hidden in the NE part of this room. Once identified, it 
turns out to be a valuable silver breastplate. The description alludes to you 
being able to enchant it. Hmm. Indeed, this is one of the items that you will 
need to embark on Verdistis sewers Quest 2 once you've found all 4 pieces of 
the treasure map...

14. Find Rimmer in Glenborus - 11000 XP and 5 bottles of dwarven ale.
You'll find a dwarf named Strobur inside one of the houses on the islands in 
the dwarven halls. All you have to do is find his brother Rimmer and tell him 
that Strobur was asking for him. In Glenborus, the dwarven village, Rimmer 
hangs out in a building just to the north of the teleporter.


Iona's dungeon revisited
========================
Like me, you probably beat a hasty retreat the first time you were in 
Iona's dungeon. But there's a lot of experience and treasure down there, and 
you can re-enter Iona's dungeon at any time, via the pit in the SW part of 
the graveyard where you originally exited. If you haven't explored the lower 
levels of the dungeon yet, then here's how you get there: make your way to 
the far NE corner of the dungeon, and touch the manuscript on the pedestal. 
The first time you repeat one of the 3 invocations in the manuscript, some 
tough creatures are summoned. Defeat them, then touch the manuscript 2 more 
times and repeat the remaining invocations. After you recite the third one, 
a stairway in the floor opens up, and you get Quest 1. Before undertaking 
this quest, beware that this is a VERY LONG dungeon crawl. I went from level 
26 to 28 just killing all the critters down there.

Quests
------
1. Iona's dungeon - 15000+ XP and an ID level 4 item.
Enter the stairway that opened in the floor. This takes you to...

Iona's dungeon level 2

The objective of this quest is to find out who... or what is down here. 
Just keep heading west on this level, and you will come to another stairway 
that takes you to...

Iona's dungeon level 3

On this level, head all the way to the east to find a cave entrance that 
leads to...

Cyrion, Iona's pet

Cyrion is sleeping when you first enter the cave, but it awakes as soon as 
you advance into the cave, and it's one tough creature to kill. I found that 
a single death scorpion did the trick though. Once Cyrion is dead (I got 
15144 XP for this), you've completed Quest 1. There's a locked chest in the 
south of the cave with a skull sitting on it. Just drag the skull into your 
inventory, and it becomes the key for this chest. I found a nice piece of 
armour in there, but as all items seem to be random in this game, you might 
find something entirely different.


Council of Seven
================
Zandalor takes you here upon completion of Rivertown Quest 24. Once you 
arrive, you immediately get Quest 1 below.

Quests
------
1. Kill the succubus - access to Council of Seven members.
The succubus retreats once she has imprisoned Zandalor. She's in the room to 
the far north here. Well... Freeze works fine on her. As does Deadly Gift and 
a single scorpion trap. After you're rid of her, make sure you check out the 
chests in the rooms to the NE and NW. And in a room to the far NW... you meet 
ZixZax again, and get your two teleporter pyramids back :-) Then speak with 
Zandalor in the room to the north to get Quest 2.

2. Gather the Council of Seven - become the Divine One.
You have to use a scrying stone to find each of the 7 council members. You 
can do this in any order you wish. See Quests 3 through 9 below. Once you've 
gathered all the council members, return to the Council of Seven and talk to 
Zandalor. Before you strike the Bell of Gathering to commence the ceremony 
that will turn you into the Divine One, I recommend you have the following 
items on you, because you're never coming back here:
  1. Two bundles of straw from the farmlands. A bed to rest on in the 
     forsaken place where you're going will come in mighty handy!
  2. Both teleporter pyramids. You have to be able to get back to the bed 
     you're going to make.
  3. All the healing, magick, and poison potions you can carry. No mushrooms 
     to make potions from where you're going.
Once you have all these items, and of course, the best weapons and armour you 
can find, strike the Bell of Gathering in the middle of all the council 
members and let the ceremony begin! After a lengthy and dramatic cut scene, 
you wind up in the Land of the Dead. See corresponding section below for 
instructions on how to proceed from there...

3. Imp council member - 67500 XP and Reputation -2.
Talk to the (supposed) imp council member in a room on the eastern side of 
the Ducal Inn, Verdistis. Touch his little crystal ball, and you wind up 
in a magical kingdom. You can side with either the bees or the wasps, it 
matters not. Most likely, you will not be able to completely satisfy the 
needs of either side. However, you eventually wind up with the key to the 
house in the north part of the kingdom, and the imp there will agree to 
accompany you to the Council of Seven. Use the crystal that the imp gives 
you to return to the Ducal Inn.

4. Orc council member - 67500 XP and Reputation -2.
Easy one. Just fight your way through about 500 orcs :-) until you get to 
the jail pits in the far SE corner of orc territory. The orcish council 
member (by the name of Kroxy) is in the jail pit to the SW.

5. Convince Goemoe to join the Council of Seven - Quest 6.
When you talk to any of the healers at the Blue Boar Inn, they will tell you 
that Goemoe left several hours ago without telling anyone else where he was 
going. So... now you have to head back to the Council of Seven and scry for 
him again. You get Quest 6 as a result.

6. Goemoe has been captured! - 136500 XP and Reputation +1.
When you scry for Goemoe again, you see that he's been morphed into a 
snake by an evil warlock. Zandalor recognises the house as being in 
Verdistis, and sends you off to speak to Trevor in the Verdistis merchants 
guild. Trevor is in a room to the NW of the guild building. He'll eventually 
tell you that he rented the house to a warlock named Cornelius. He marks the 
location of the house on your map. It's SE of the merchants guild. Visit 
there and kill all the thugs on the first floor. Then enter the cellar 
through the hatch in the back room. Oops. Cornelius freezes you! But Zandalor 
then arrives to save the day once more. Get the composite key from the table, 
and the polymorph wand from the room to the south. Then enter the locked door 
to the east, talk to the snake (54000 XP), and you restore Goemoe to his old 
ugly self. You get the rest of the XP when he agrees to join the Council of 
Seven.

7. Wizard council member - 54000 XP.
As soon as you scry for the wizard council member, you find out that it is 
indeed our good friend Zandalor. Nice one.

8. Human council member - 93500 XP and Reputation +3.
Mardaneus turns out to be the human council member. But when you return to 
Aleroth to collect him, you find that the door to his house is once again 
locked tight, and the village is overrun by orcs. Dispatch the orcs, then 
head for Lanilor's house (north of Mardaneus' house). A witch named Demona 
is there, and she attacks you. Once you've polished her off (another good job 
for a death scorpion), go into Lanilor's house and retrieve the key from the 
table in the back room. This is the key to Mardaneus' house, and he agrees to 
join the council.

9. Elven council member - 117000 XP and Reputation +2.
When you scry for the elven council member, you find out it is Bronthion, who 
led the elven delegation to Stormfist Castle when you were Lord Protector. 
He's in the elven village of Fui Nimble located in the middle of the Dark 
Forest. Bronthion is standing in the west part of the village. As usual, it's 
not easy to persuade him to join the council. You must complete Quests 10 and 
11 for him before he will join.

10. Find out who is guilty for [sic] destroying the elven burial 
grounds - Quest 11.
Bronthion marks the location of the burial grounds on your map. He wants you 
to find out who is desecrating the grounds, and also to recover 3 holy 
relics. Exit the elven village to the south, and follow the road all the way 
south until the road ends and you find yourself at the bottom of some stairs 
that lead up to a funeral pyre. When you go up these stairs, you witness some 
dwarves behaving very strangely, and you get Quest 11.

11. Rampant dwarves! - elven ceremonial items (holy relics).
Head back down the stairs, then up north and to the west. Of all things, you 
begin to encounter... orcs! Eventually, you'll come to the gates of an orc 
camp. Keep fighting your way through the orcs, and you'll find a cave 
entrance in the NW part of the camp. More orcs. But in the west part of this 
dungeon, you'll find a lever that opens a portion of the wall. This leads to 
a place with a floor tile in the centre of the floor. Down there you find an 
enchantress named Josephina, and those rampant dwarves. They are really tough 
to get through, but you can keep going up the ladder to catch a breather. 
Once you've defeated all the dwarves, there's still Josephina to overcome. 
She's probably the toughest mini-boss you've met so far. Deadly gift works 
great here, along with Poison Weapon. Once she's gone, you may have trouble 
finding the 3 ceremonial items. Two of them are obvious, but the third item 
is actually the quarterstaff that Josephina was carrying. If you killed her 
near a wall, you may have to run your cursor all around the locality until 
you find it. If you simply can't find it, then restore to an earlier saved 
game and try to off her in a more visible part of the room. Return to 
Bronthion with the 3 items, tell him it was orcs disguised as dwarves causing 
all the fuss, and he will agree to join the council.

12. Dwarven council member - 124000 XP and Reputation +2.
When you scry for the dwarven council member, you find that he is in the 
dwarven village of Glenborus, east of Stormfist Castle. Talk to Eolus there, 
a figure dressed in white in the centre of the village. You'll find that the 
fabled Axe of Stone has been stolen from the shrine there, and the dwarves 
suspect that the elves are to blame. Eolus won't join the council until the 
Axe is retrieved. You thus get Quest 13, and once you've completed this 
quest, you can return to Eolus (who is now in the building directly to the 
south of the Axe of Stone shrine) and he will agree to join the council.

13. Retrieve the Axe of Stone - Dark Forest Quest 11.
Head to the dwarven halls, and go to the far SW part. You'll find an entrance 
there leading down to the mines. A few evil dwarves to kill down here. In the 
north part of the mines, you'll find another entrance leading down to a 
second level. Heavier going here, and as you approach the NE part of this 
level, you'll run into an evil character named Moriendor. Freeze works best 
with him. To the west of here is a room with an altar that holds a holy book, 
and behind that is the Axe of Stone. Take it, but don't leave the mines yet. 
In the far NE part of this level is a room with a pentagram of candles. On a 
table there is a manuscript that implicates this Moriendor in a plot to make 
the elves seem responsible for stealing the Axe of Stone! Return to the king 
of the dwarves with the Axe and this manuscript (indeed, those are the only 
two items the guards will let you pass with). You then get Dark Forest 
Quest 11, to assemble the Dragon Armour. Of course, you can now also return 
to Eolus to persuade him to join the council... 


Land of the Dead
================
For the most part, I'm not going to document any quests or XP gains from 
now on, as they are largely irrelevant. While the game has been very 
interesting up to this point, from now on it becomes, frankly, one big long 
battle to the bitter end...

Depending on what level you were at before striking the Bell of Gathering, 
you should go up at least 5 or 6 levels as a result of becoming the Divine 
One. You'll find some new skills to avail of under Path of the Divine. But 
before you get carried away and waste all the experience you've just gained, 
please heed the following advice: the single most important skill from now on 
is Spirit Form. Each level of this skill gives you 20 seconds in which you 
can wander around without fear of anything attacking you! I recommend just 
taking 4 levels of this skill instantly. You see, at this stage in the 
proceedings, you probably don't need any more experience/levels. You just 
want to get to the endgame as quickly as possible, believe me. I completed 
the game the first time through as a level 37 warrior, using Spirit Form to 
get me past a whole slew of tough creatures. Anyway, enough said... you can 
ignore the orc and his cowardly mate. Very little help you can get from them. 
Just head south from here, and then east along the cliff wall, looking for a 
path through to the south (if you venture into the middle of this region, 
you'll have to fight a ton of tough imps. Very trying on the patience).

Once you've found the path through to the south, you'll bump into... 
Zandalor and Arhu! Follow Zandalor to the village near there, and you'll 
find that the orc Kroxy has survived as well, and is now playing shopkeeper. 
He's your last chance to stock up on items before the final push. Once you're 
all stocked up and rested, head straight for that red flag in the far SE 
corner of this area. You'll have to change into Spirit Form to get to the 
other side of the swamp. Get into the middle of the place surrounded by 
arches, and stand just to the SE of the steps leading up to the Black Ring 
entrance (if you stand directly south of the steps, you won't be able to get 
in). Then as soon as you change back into human form, click on the entrance 
to enter the Black Lake Dungeon...


Black Lake Dungeon
==================
As soon as you enter this place where the Black Ring hang out, you'll 
witness a cut scene whereby Janus, who has now morphed into the Demon of 
Lies, begins to summon the demonic entity known as the Lord of Chaos. Your 
job is to try to prevent this summoning! Well, let's get to it. Head along 
the causeway until you come to a large platform. Kill all the tough creatures 
on this platform to give yourself a bit of breathing space. You'll note that 
on the north side of the platform, the Black Ring has erected a barrier of 
spikes preventing further passage. You must slay all 5 members of the Ring 
before you can progress to the endgame. Sorry, but this is where the game 
becomes a real slog. Although you might think that time is of the essence 
here because you're supposedly in a rush to stop the summoning... it's not. 
So first thing you do is make a nice bed out of those 2 bundles of straw you 
have with you, and drop a teleporter pyramid next to it. Then it's time to go 
kick some demon butt!

There are 5 long causeways leading away from the platform, each populated 
by tough creatures. Each of these causeways leads to a large fortress. Each 
fortress is essentially a maze with one of the mini-bosses you probably met 
earlier lurking at the end of the maze (one of: Cornelius, Demona, Josephina, 
Moriendor, or Iona). I recommend using Spirit Form to get by as many 
creatures as you can, unless you really need the XP. You can then defeat the 
mini-bosses using the usual combination of Freeze, Poison Weapon, Deadly 
Gift, or whatever your personal favourite happens to be. You know the drill 
by now. Once you've eliminated all 5 of these Black Ring members, you can 
return to the central platform and all the spikes that were blocking your 
passage to the north will be gone. Rest up one more time, then keep heading 
north from there until you get to the final fortress that contains the Demon 
of Lies...

This final fortress is larger and tougher than all the rest, of course. In 
order to get to the chamber where the Demon of Lies is performing the 
summoning ritual, you have to work your way through the entire fortress. 
There are 2 'levers' that you must press in order to gain access to this 
chamber - one in the SW and one in the SE of the fortress. There is no 
feedback obtained from pressing these levers, so just make sure you definitely 
pressed each one before leaving the area. Once you've pressed both levers, you 
can head back to the centre of the fortress to find the chamber containing the 
Demon of Lies.

Once you finally get to the Demon of Lies, you find out that you were too 
late to stop the summoning ritual (you fail to complete the quest). But don't 
worry, it's just a plot device to possibly pave the way for a sequel. No 
matter how quickly you got here, you wouldn't have been able to stop it... 
before you take on the Demon of Lies, do yourself a big favour and SAVE YOUR 
GAME! Because of a bug, or maybe because they wanted to make the final battle 
tougher, you can't use any spells or summoned creatures to help you in 
defeating the Demon of Lies (if you do, the game will freeze and you won't 
get the closing cut scene). That means: no Freeze, no Deadly Gift, no Hell 
Spikes, etc.! You have to defeat him solely with your battle skills, so I 
hope you brought along a lot of health and restoration potions. The Demon of 
Lies keeps spawning a copy of himself who in turn summons a deathknight, so 
this becomes a very tough and frenetic battle where you'll probably have to 
hit the space bar a lot as well as saving in the middle of battle whenever 
you've made good progress. When you finally do manage to off the beast, 
you'll get the final cut scene whereby he's banished back to hell and you see 
your character carrying what looks to be the baby/Lord of Chaos out of the 
Black Lake Dungeon, as Zandalor and Arhu look on from a distance. If all the 
copies of the Demon of Lies freeze and look skyward, and you don't get the 
cut scene described above, then you used some magic that you shouldn't have 
and you must restore and fight the final battle all over again :-(

Well, that's about it. Hope you enjoyed this game as much as I did, and 
here's hoping that Larian will make the endgame a little more interesting in 
the sequel!


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