Soulbringer FAQ/Walkthrough Version 1.4, 1/28/2005 By Matt P Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SOULBRINGER is copyright Infogrames, and is distributed by Interplay in the United States. Be sure to check that you have the most up-to-date version of this game by checking its site. All characters in this FAQ should be treated as the intellectual property of Infogrames. Please contact me if you desire to post this FAQ somewhere, or if you have any additions/comments. Soulbringer is a decent game that is easily acquirable at most Walmarts. You can get it with Planescape: Torment, for $10 US. The manual is included on the CD. What's new in v1.3- Added a number of small things and some strategies. Many thanks to all who have helped, especially Danny! TABLE OF CONTENTS: 0) Frequently asked questions 1) Tricks of the Trade 2) Stat analysis 3) Walkthrough 4) Spell analysis, book locations 5) Brief weapon discussion, the best armor 6) Herbs and what they do 7) Credits/miscellany STORY: The world has always had a big evil demon guy and the hero to stop him. Recently, the big evil demon guy returned and is tormenting the populace. Now where's the hero? Hm... I wonder. IMPORTANT GAME MYTHOLOGY: The Big evil demon guy's name is Skorn. Your hero is unnamed. Skorn corrupted the hearts of several men (the hexseekers- who seek you out and try to destroy you), and brought forth some of his fellow demons (the revenants). It is these revenants who are often causing major problems- one of them is the cause of the horrendous winter, another is attempting to enslave a town, one is locked away in another dimension (and you'll use the key to bring him back and kill him), and yet another is torturing souls by preventing them from going to the Well. Destroying the body of either a hexseeker or a revenant does not destroy the creature, it merely allows them to reform elsewhere, unless they are contained. Minor demons also abound (raals and others). The Well is the afterlife. Harbinger was the previous hero who tried to defeat Skorn and his demon allies, and Harbinger used the Hex to travel and, uh, fight evil. Kinkathra is the "first dragon," whose dream is that all life will be peaceful, and whose heart is an object of great power, said to be capable of containing the spirits of the Revenants. =====================FAQ============================ Q: I can't get Malkuth to revive the anvil guy! A: Talk with him about it, don't give it to him like you do the majority of your stuff. Q: I killed someone in the game, got some experience and a few minor items, but it doesn't mention that you're able to do so in the walkthrough. What gives? A: Yup, not everything is in this walkthrough. Many people can be killed, it's just not that heroic to do so. Oh well. Q: Where is *ITEM*? A: Its location is probably in the walkthrough, but if you don't see it at first, you may just be missing the little glowing star that surrounds it. Look hard, I know it's a game flaw. Q: How do I regenerate mana? A: Use a potion, or touch a Hex stone once you have access to the Hex. Q: How do I get the cheats to work? A: You don't. The cheats you see advertised on sites do not work. If you ask me about this, I will NOT respond to your emails. Q: Where are the hex stakes? A: Two are acquired from Malkuth. The others are in the church ruins, Thardolin Docks, and Deep desert. Refer to each of those locations for the exact locations. Q: How do I get my quest list to scroll down? A: From Thomas: there are two things that look like horseshoes on the right side of the quests on the top and bottom of the quest page, the one on the top has a circle under it that will move up or down depending on witch of the horseshoe things you click on. Q: Crap! I need to get back into Crux's manor? How? A: Without editing the game files, it's impossible. However, with editing the game files, this is what you need to do (from Hyland H. Capin Jr): In your walkthrough there is a part that mentions that if you fail to get the "rune of manipulations" it is lost forever, or you have to restart from a save before entering the manor or even start a new game. Because the door is shut and locked. This isn't completely true there is a way of getting back into the manor. However this involves editing the doors.s in the script folder, if one does overlook the rune and can't get back in. Steps to take to fix this: Be sure to make a back up of this file. 1.) Save and Quit Soulbringer. 2.) Use the find > files or folders from the Start Menu. 3.) Search for doors.s (default location is: "C:\Program Files\Soulbringer\data\script"). 4.) Right Click on doors.s and select properties under Attributes uncheck ReadOnly, Click Apply then click Ok. 5.) Having done step 4 Right Click on the doors.s in the find files & folders search select Open With and Choose Notepad. 6.) Change "VIG SetUpDoors-Intro FALSE" to "VIG SetUpDoors-Intro TRUE" (Without the quotes.) 7.) Locate // *** manorext *** Note: Only Changing the Closed or Locked values to Open is needed. // *** manorext *** IDoorOpen dlord_fr IDoorOpen dlord // *** manorint *** IDoorOpen dlib1 IDoorOpen dbed_2 IDoorOpen secdoor_1 IDoorOpen dlib_2 IDoorOpen dmeeting IDoorOpen dstore IDoorOpen dstore_1 IDoorOpen dkitch_1 IDoorOpen kitch_2 Save the changes made. Also Note that in order for these changes to take effect in the game you must let the Intro play. =============TRICKS OF THE TRADE===================== Here I will mention a few tricks that may be in hidden in the manual somewhere, but which are better stated up front. ARMOR- pick up the piece of armor and drag it over the doll to the left. This equips it, and you can see the increase in your defense. BAGS- bags expand your inventory, allowing you to carry much more stuff. You may even put bags into bags, up to four times (i.e., a bag in a bag in a bag in a bag in your backpack). FIGHTING- generally, attacks that are closer to the bottom of the list are superior to those you obtain earlier. Not always, but most of the time. Often, these attacks take more time to execute, so you must find a balance between hitting hard and hitting often. DIRECTIONS- note that, although your compass is quite useful, it can get you confused. If you line up your view behind your character, N and S on the compass will point in the correct direction, but E and W won't (they'll be reversed). Think about it and you'll see it makes sense. THE HIGHER GROUND- One of the more interesting things about combat with this game is the fact that where you're positioned actually matters. Strangely, having the higher ground often hurts you more than it helps, as you'll miss more often. You'll have to attack 'low' to hit with any consistency. Luckily, your enemies suffer from a similar problem. Be sure to exploit this. COMBOS- In my previous play through, I would have said to ignore combos. However, that has recently changed. Making an effective combo is difficult, but combos are often better than just clicking on something till it dies. The main difference in play style you have between these two options (combo and non-combo) is speed. Manual attacks are faster, but combo attacks also allow your character to defend and parry blows. A particularly effective combo I used early on was with the mace- endless looping underhand strikes. Many things fell quickly to this attack. Also, if you don't use combos, you won't get the full benefits of the combat skill. ---Insight from Gary Keeling: It also doesn't hurt to program a few spell combinations into the Combos. I have Shield and Haste looped into one Combo. However, if you do that, make sure you get off of that combo once it's cast, otherwise it'll keeping casting them round after round, wasting mana. It sure beats running around in circles running from your enemy while you're trying to scroll through all your spell books to find the right one in the middle of combat! EXPERIENCE (XP)- Generally, you'll get the majority of your xp at the beginning of the game from completing quests, and the majority at the end of the game from killing nasty creatures. Killing non-hostile creatures (including ones that can be made hostile- like the fey) costs you XP equal to what you would gain if you killed them when they are hostile. Sometimes, when you're leading an army, an enemy will kill a soldier of yours and you will lose xp. If you kill the enemy, you will gain the normal xp for killing it and the xp lost through the soldier's death. The maximum level is 41 by the manual, but I've only got up to 39, and that's with killing most everything bad that moves. THE SECULORUM- As you cast spells of a specific element, your seculorum is modifies. The seculorum is pictured on the character screen after you've gained access to the Hex. If you cast too many spells of a specific element, your seculorum becomes unbalance. This isn't always a bad thing, as you get certain perks with increasing focus. However, the counter side to this is that spells cast of opposing elements do significantly more damage. MISSILE WEAPONS- Generally, these things are useless. Few enemies stand still and let you pummel them from a distance, with one major exception. Generally, I sold most of my arrows, and sent the magic/special ones to the HEX. Eventually, when you get to the deep desert, these things can actually be useful in getting a hefty bit of XP, if you're willing to be patient. WEAPON QUALITY- Whenever you hit an enemy who has defenses against your specific attack, your weapon gets damage. Trying to hit a character wearing plate armor with a knife will generally just get you a broken knife. Some weapons always penetrate armor (like the pickaxe), and hence wear out very slowly. Two game-story critical weapons are indestructible- Messenger and Bloodmaster. CHAPTERS: Although not formal by any means, the main character undergoes a few changes as he fights and gets stronger. Most notable is the change in clothes, which is generally coupled with a change from subservience to arrogance. ===========================STAT ANALYSIS=============== STRENGTH: Determines how much damage you do and how much you can carry. At the beginning, you'll want to increase this regularly, so that you can use the heavier armor and kill things with greater ease. SPEED: Determines the quickness with which you attack in combat, and modifies your defense. Speed is an interesting stat that can be modified with large results. If you're fighting an enemy, the ratio of blows you get in compared to the number of blows he gets in is directly related to your respective speeds. If you're a lot faster than your enemy, you'll hit a whole lot more. Don't focus on this skill (never put all of your points in it), but always hold it in consideration. If you have a lot of points in this skill, you can get some very high armor classes. The increase of defense due to higher speed appears almost exponential. A speed of ~85 gave me ~1500 defense. COMBAT: Determines the attacking options available to you and your ability to block/parry blows in combat. If you don't use combos, then this skill isn't very useful to you and can be ignored in part. If you do use combos, then this skill is significantly more useful. You'll be able to block a lot of hits from enemies if this skill is high. HEALTH: Influences your health points (HP). This skill isn't bad, but compared to the benefits you get from other skills, don't focus on this one. You'll still suffer the same damage from blows, you'll just be able to last a bit longer in a fight if you've put a bunch of points in this skill. MAGIC: Influences your spell points (or mana points, SP), and your ability to cast spells. This skill is what sets you apart from your normal soldier. Each spell has a specific Magic skill requirement, and can't be cast unless you have enough skill. The bonus to SP is nice, but again, it'll just enable you to cast a few more spells before you have to drink a potion. Get this skill up to 50 BEFORE Chapter 5, or you'll be sorry. ====================WALKTHROUGH======================= General Guide Name of area Q: Quests available D: Directions to/from nearby locations Walkthrough for area **********CHAPTER 1, prissy boy clothed-hero************ NOTE: There are five "chapters" in this game, during each the hero gets a new outfit and a better attitude. Eastern River Q: Find Andrus, Drive off brigand. D: W to Madrigal town square, Madrigal sewers You start off with a strange dream, and soon awake at the docks, talking with the ferryman, Allis. You get a quest starting out, to find your uncle. Allis gives you some advice, and if you talk with him thoroughly, will give you a second quest, to kill a nearby bandit. He gives you a key so that you can enter his home (while he cowardly hides) once you've done the deed. In the nearby barrel you will find a fish, which is decent food. Another barrel has some worthless stones. ********************************************************** HINT: Food is good, and it heals you well. Try to always have some on hand, instead of relying on spells or expensive potions. Food is ranked: Apples (20 HP, 1 lb), Bread (35 HP, 2 lbs), Fish (50 HP, 2 lbs), Chicken (75 HP, 3 lbs), and Ham (100 HP, 4 lbs). Bread weighs the most for its restorative ability, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it. Always pick up food if an enemy drops some, but purchase it selectively. ********************************************************** You'll also find that you have some stat points to distribute if you go to your character screen. ********************************************************** HINT: At this point, you'll probably want to spread your points out evenly. You'll have one point left over, put it wherever you wish. I put it into magic. You'll be getting a few spells soon, and they require a base level of training to cast. The complete spell list can be found at the end of this FAQ. ********************************************************** Now press the dagger button. Use your weapon. This causes the hero to draw the weapon and use it. Nothing is in your way, so this doesn't really accomplish much, other than readying your weapon. ********************************************************** HINT: Whenever entering an area with potentially hostile enemies, always have a weapon readied, generally by this method. If you have a weapon preference, make sure you've got the weapon you want highlighted and equipped. This saves valuable time and may save your life. You will generally unequip a weapon after talking with a friendly person, so make sure you ready it afterwards. ********************************************************** Walk along the path. A bandit will soon grunt at you, and attack. Click on him to select him as your target, then attack him in kind. I found that the simple "cut" command works well against him. He dies quickly, and drops a knife, an apple and a scroll. The scroll has some interesting information, but is otherwise useless. Return to Allis Ham for your reward (25 XP, and a magic rune- the Rune of Knives). Save the rune, you'll use it later. There's not too much else to do around here, most of the other areas are closed to you except for Madrigal town square and the sewers. You should avoid the sewers for now, as the spider in there is quite strong and is better taken on later. Also, you will find several herbs and mushrooms along the riverside, take them. Herbs and mushrooms are quite common and you should gather all that you find. Most are useless, but some are very helpful. Also, be sure to check the barrels and crates for a few more minor goods. From henceforth I will not mention whether or not you can find herbs and minor items (you almost always can), and will generally only mention items of note. Enter Madrigal when you've picked up everything you want. Madrigal Town Square Q: Kill Brigands in Madrigal D: E to Eastern River, S to South Madrigal Square, N to Northern forest A cut scene occurs as soon as you enter this area. A rather nasty fellow accuses you of being a beggar and tells you to get lost. You'll want to speak with him again unfortunately (and he'll show up several more times later) at the Inn. Most everything else is closed. Find the guard captain. He gives you a quest to kill some brigands. Doing so gets you 30xp and 10 gold. You'll also see the Hex stone here, but can't do anything with it for a long while. Check the boxes in this area for a new weapon, the spade. It's ruined, so it's not really all that useful. Go south to the south square. If you head north, strange things will happen, and it's not a good idea. South Madrigal Square D: North to Madrigal Town Square, W to Madrigal Market This place has several brigands. You'll be attacked soon after entering. Walk slowly, and eventually you'll see a brigand dressed in red. He is quite difficult (cutting low works best, I've found), and you'll probably need to break off combat mid fight and run away to eat some food. Once dead, you can take his club and his brigand's cloak (the cloak provides 10 armor). The rest of the brigands here are pretty easy, and shouldn't give you much trouble. Once you've killed them all, don't bother healing yourself- you'll soon be automatically fully healed. As always, check all crates here. Madrigal Market D: E to South Madrigal Square Follow Barthelago as he enters the Inn. He's rude, as before. Once entering the Inn, you'll have another long cut scene as more people yak (do follow the story though). You'll then be given the chance to talk with everyone. Do so (especially with the Traveler, who's name is Chant), and leave once you've heard enough. Head back to the town square and go north to the Northern Woods. Northern Woods Q: Get 200 coins for Andrus D: S to Madrigal town square, W to Cavern, N to North Forest Tower Follow the path. You'll see a brigand. If you give chase, you'll find his buddies waiting for you (including a nasty red brigand). However, if you don't kill them now, you won't get another chance. They don't have much, though. Continue along the path, and eventually you'll find your Uncle's hut. Enter, and it'll be time for another cut scene. When finished, talk with your uncle about runes, and you'll get one. Use the book and you'll get your first batch of spells (the Book of Dreams). Pick up the book on the table, it's worth a fair bit of money (at this point in the game, anyway). Your uncle will also give you an annoying "Get me money" quest. When ready, go to sleep (the door is locked, so you can't go out and try your spells on those brigands, sorry). Go to sleep, and you'll heal completely. Head out the next day, and look around a bit more. The brigands have left, but their camp is still there. Take their food. There's a cave to the west, unfortunately it's a bit too tough for you just yet. Head back into Madrigal. Madrigal Town Square (revisited) Q: Rescue Farmers and Townsfolk, Defeat Brigand Leader, Bring Herbs D: E to Eastern River, S to South Madrigal Square, to Madrigal Market, N to Northern forest, W to Western Moors Things have finally opened up. I would recommend heading over to Elric's first, which is just east of the north entrance. Speak to Elric, and ask about work. You'll want to ask everyone you meet about work. Elric gives you three quests (two are official). Two have to do with the nearby mine. Both have rewards of 100 gold (how convenient...). The other has to do with the "demon papers." This is not an official quest, but you'll find some of these papers during your journeys. Sell them for a tidy profit. Sell the book you found in your uncle's cabin (on the balance of magic, or something). Elric will also identify your strange items, although that's a bit expensive just yet. Head west to the general store. You'll find Alfonse Getts, the storekeeper. Trade with him and try to purchase the superb compass (the mundane compass is pretty awful) and a bag. Bags expand your inventory greatly, allowing you to carry many more things. You just need one for now, and you may not have been able to carry all the items given to you, but now you can. You'll find more later. I'd recommend keeping at least 3 or 4 bags on you, this way you never get the "inventory full" message. Now head over to the alchemist's shop. Barthelago is mean to you as usual, but he will give you a quest to bring him some herbs. He will also identify all the herbs you're carrying for a few coins each. Sell him the useless ones. ********************************************************** HINT: I would strongly recommend keeping one of each herb in your inventory. This way, when you pick up a new herb or mushroom, it automatically gets identified and you're not left wondering what you have. This will also mark new, unidentified herbs for you. ********************************************************** Selling him an herb gets you 10xp. Now head south to South Madrigal Square. South Madrigal Square Q: Find Dove's Eggshells D: N to Madrigal Town Square, W to Madrigal Market, E to Eastern River Two buildings are opened here as well. Melissa is the seer, and will later get you some of the best armor in the game. Speak with her and she'll give you a rather peculiar quest to get some dove's eggshells. Doing so gets you 15xp and 25 gold. She'll also give you the first set of Demon Papers. I've never figured out the significance of her "seeing" skill, and as far as I can tell, it's just a waste of money. Enter the other open building in this region and you'll find Chant (the guy in the wolf hat). Search his crates to get some ham. He doesn't have much to say to you at the moment, but will shortly. Now head W to the market. Madrigal Market Q: Deliver package to Jake D: E to South Madrigal Square, W to Western Moors, N to Madrigal Town Square. Reenter the inn. Talk with the innkeeper. Ask for work. He'll give you a quest to deliver a package to Jake. It's a rather peculiar package, and you should take it to Elric, Barthelago (who gives you a discount on all his goods afterwards), Chant and Melissa in roughly that order. Afterwards, you'll probably want to head out to the Eastern River and speak with Hammer. Eastern River Q: Recover Diamond Ore for Hammer D: W to Madrigal town square, Madrigal sewers, Madrigal South Square The smith's shop is now open. Here you can repair all those beaten weapons and armor that you have. Hammer is a good guy. He gives you a quest to get some diamond ore. Doing so gets you 15xp and 10 gold per ingot. He also has some very nice items. Right now, you probably can't afford many of them, and you'll find some on dead bodies later, so don't try to get them all. Now that you've got a fair number of quests, head to the Western Moors. Western Moors D: E to Madrigal town Square, Madrigal Market, W to Sacred Grove, High Rock Pass, N to Jake's Estate, the Mines It is in this area that you are most likely going to give up and say hell with this game. This area is somewhat tedious, and often nasty. Two brigands types (easy and red) can be found here in abundance. The easy brigands are best killed with the club and it's third fighting option. The knife just doesn't cut it (pardon the pun). The red brigands are a might bit more difficult. One red brigand a little ways north of the town square entrance has a spear, one of the best weapons for you at this point. I killed him with fire bolt, and took to spear to get repaired at Hammer's. The brigands generally like to travel in packs of three, one red and two easy. The red generally attacks you first, so you can lead him away from his buddies and take him down on your own. Other brigands can be found near fires, these will actually talk to you (although mainly to threaten you). If you can, get the drop on them. Some red brigands carry bow and arrows, this is a great way to get a decent first hit in on these brigands. There are also many herbs and mushrooms to be found here, so be sure to look thoroughly. Above all, take your time. This area can be downright frustrating. You shouldn't need to buy any food any time soon, as all the brigands drop decent stuff. After you've cleared out the brigands to the best of your ability, you should find the dove. You've probably heard plenty of chirping as you've wandered this region. Follow it and you'll find the dove. Chase it as it flies away (it's not too hard, as it waits for you each time), and eventually it hits a door, opening it. This is the door to the Sacred Grove. When you're ready, head to the North. You'll see two brigands and a little girl. If you want a few cheap kills, approach slowly, and ready a bow and arrow. Shoot the brigands, they don't react until you talk with the little girl. Approach the little girl and a cut scene will take place in which the girl takes you to the entrance of the mines and tells you that her parents are in there. Before entering the mines, you may want to buy the following items: 1 scroll of banishing from Elric, and a pickaxe from Alfonse. Both will serve you well. Enter the mines when ready. Once you've cleared the mines, you can head over to Jake's Estate. Sacred Grove D: E to Western Moors. Inside you'll find a new Hex stone, and will hear a voice in your head. Continue to search, entering the small cave and you'll find a statue with which you can interact. Do so to get the dove eggshells. When you've got access to the Hex, be sure to come back and touch this stone. The Mines D: Exit to Western Moors. This area can be quite tough if you're unprepared. Most of the brigands here are pretty easy, but the rock beasts can be quite difficult. The best weapon to use against rock beasts is the pickaxe, if you have one. There are a few lying around this cave, however, to get to most of them, you will have to pass some of the rock beasts. This can hurt. After you enter, you'll see a mine cart and a small switch with arrows on it. Step on the direction you want the cart to go to get it to move. For now, move this cart away from the exit (up on the rough map below). You'll want to hug right. Several brigands attack you, but they're quite easy. Be on the lookout for diamond iron ingots, they're fairly common and a good source of cash. You'll see several farmers and townsfolk, they have been brainwashed by a strange pillar. Continue to Point B on the rough map below. This is the brigand leader. Either use your spear or pickaxe to bring him down. Heal as needed, and cast minor shield if you're getting beat up. He drops a suit of armor, a key, and a short sword. Pick up all of the items. Very close to here you will find several rock beasts. Be careful not to get swarmed. If you need a pickaxe, head up (on the map) then hug left. You'll find a couple. ================================= Geza steiner has the following hint regarding rockbeasts: To kill rockbeasts in the Mines there is another tricky way: you attack near to a mine cart switch where there is a mine cart, the beast attacks you, you activate the switch and run slowly on the railway in front of the beast, that the beast can follow, meanwhile the cart behind the beast has started, the speeds are so that the cart can catch up with the beast from behind and hit him and it costs you nothing. ================================= Otherwise, equip one rapidly, as you probably have a few rock beasts on your tail. Once you have the pickaxe, the rest of the level is pretty easy. Brigands die in one overhead strike with the pickaxe. Now head to the pillar. Once you've found it, head back towards the exit. You'll see that the mine cart you sent on its way at the beginning is being stopped by another mine cart. Head left (on the map), and you'll find a switch for another nearby mine cart. Send it right, and it'll bash into the obstacle cart and allow the first cart to proceed along and smash the pillar. This frees the townsfolk. Now, if you head back to the entrance, a farmer will stop you and give you a key (which you will use much later). You can head to the upper right, and you'll find the brigand leader's money and item stash. You can also head to the upper left and you'll see a hooded man. This hooded man is a Raal, a big badass demon. Trying to take him on in hand to hand combat is a BAD idea. However, if you did like I said you should, and bought a scroll of banishing, use it on the Raal. It dies pretty easily. Killing it gets you 200xp, a hood, and a saber. The saber is a better official weapon than anything else you'll be getting any time soon (the pickaxe still does dang well), so be sure to grab it. You'll see that the hooded man was hanging around a closed door. A cart is nearby- move it right with the switch. You can't open this door with your key, but if you head down from the door, you'll find another door. Use the slaver's key, and you can move a cart up with the switch. This cart smashes open the door. A rock beast is waiting for you. Kill it, and grab the skull. This is the skull of alchemy, and will serve you well once you get the hex. That's about it for here, be sure to get your 200 gold from Elric. People will like you more as well, now. Rough Map ±-----+ |S P | | B | | | +--E--+ Enter at E, go right and get to B (the brigand leader). The pillar which you must destroy is at P. The skull of alchemy and the hooded man are at S. After you've cleared out the mines, return whenever you will and brigands will now be mining. Kill them for some minor items. Farmer's Estate Q: Find the Guild. D: S to Western Moors, N to the Cavern Jake's Estate is very rewarding. Search the area around the estate for several herbs. If you get close to the entrance, Jake stops you and tells you to turn around slowly, and another cut scene results. You'll enter the building and continue to talk with him. Be careful what you say, then show and open the casket. I won't spoil the next bit of show. Jake will give you his key right before he disappears. A shadow is summoned- this guy can be tough. I cast minor shielding and used my pickaxe to take him out. You get a guild ring for this action, with some armor and a short sword. You'll need the guild ring later, but should be able to find a lot of them later with ease, so it's your choice if you want to pick it up. Search the home. You'll find plenty of scrolls and decent magic items (including the demon scrolls 2), and a magic tome. Get all that you can and then head north. This takes you to the Cavern. The Cavern D: S to Farmer's Estate, E to North Forest You may have already come here from the North Forest. You are strong enough to handle it now, hopefully. Enemies here include spiders and skeletons, and this can make it difficult to fight the enemies together. Spiders can only be hit by low blows (like with the spear or knife), whereas the skeletons are pretty fragile vs. the pickaxe. The spear would probably be the best route overall (at least until you kill the two spiders), as it also has a bashing attack. Numerous minor items may be found here, including several herbs and a few scrolls. There's also a nest of hornets here, they once killed me because I got too close. Stay away from the stalagmite as best you can and you'll be safe. Head to the west and you'll find a room with some shelves. On one shelf you'll find a key, and on another you'll find a cloak, and on the third, some gold. Definitely grab the key. If you're willing to spend some spell points, you can go fight a rather tough enemy right now. The reward is quite decent. If so, head to the north. You'll have to pass a few more stalagmites, and you'll come to a large room with a staircase with a dragon painted on it. Two skeletons attack you. Use your key from this cave on the door to get into the North Tower. North Tower D: S to the Cavern, North Forest There's one big nasty here. Continue up the stairs. If you head to the right, you'll have to fight the skeleton noble. I found that casting minor shield and using my pickaxe worked quite well, although I had to run off a bit more than halfway through and recast minor shield. It'll take a bit, but eventually the skeleton will fall. Pillage it's bones for a ring of health (+5 to health, get Elric to identify it for you if you want), a cap, a staff, and a key. There's also a rune (of arrows) in the skeleton's tomb. Be sure to grab it. Head to the west, and open the door. You'll see several dead bodies with some minor items. Collect all that you want, then head east to the room with the tomb. You'll see a door to the south. Use the key you got from the skeleton to open the door and leave. You'll find yourself in North Forest. North Forest Q: Find Temple of Shadows D: S to Madrigal town square, W to Cavern, N to North Forest Tower You should have plenty of money to pay your uncle with by now. Do so, and you'll get a Hex compass. The hex compass points to the nearest source of power. It can be used to supplement your other compass in case you get lost. Your uncle also gives you another quest, to find the temple of shadows, and will identify the book you got from Jake's estate as the book of trinkets. Head back to Madrigal. Elric gives you the same quest as your uncle did, and will identify some of your other items, and purchase some of the scrolls and useless books you've acquired. Hammer will also sell a few more decent items. I would recommend purchasing a mace from him, and the plate helm (lots of good defense). Buy some food from Alfonse if desired, and sell your excess herbs to Barthelago. Now it is time to head to High Rock Pass (W of the Western Moors) and Ravenscar. High Rock Pass D: W to Ravenscar, E to Western Moors This is a fairly straightforward area. Several brigands can be found here, including two red ones (which should no longer be any trouble). The brigands kill a townsperson, and then attack you. Avenge the townsfolk. You'll find several diamond iron ingots if you look. Continue west to Ravenscar. Ravenscar D: E to High Rock Pass, N to Path of Shadows, E to Cavern, W to Temple of Shadows This town is deserted of all life. Undead and gargoyles roam freely. I would suggest switching to the mace if you have one, or using the pickaxe. Undead fall easily to the mace, and gargoyles crumble under the pickaxe. The mace also works fairly well on gargoyles, so I would recommend using the mace as your weapon of choice for this area. The smash and underarm smash work quite well, and are probably the best way to kill these creatures. There are three main subsections to this area, two of which are connected. As you head west, you'll come up to a crossroads. If you head to the north, you'll find an abandoned town (abandoned by people, anyway). Search all of the buildings, and kill all undead who get in your way. You'll find several long swords as you go along, take them if you have room. Hammer will pay you a good bit of money for them, so if you don't get them all now, get them when you have access to the Hex. You'll also find two stairs that go to basements. Both lead to dead bodies. One basement also leads to a set of mail leggings (ruined), and a magic cloak (the ghost cloak- defends against spirit magic). Get Hammer to repair the leggings for some decent armor. In the other basement you'll find another set of dead bodies. You'll also find two books (one gives you a bit of information as to why there are so many recent dead bodies), including a Golden Grimoire (the book of medicines). You'll also find a mail vest, which is again in ruined shape. If you want to get them repaired now, I would suggest taking the "short cut." Follow your hex compass to the Hex stone, then head east. You'll find a small entrance that leads to the Cavern. There are several shelves here, many of which contain potions. You'll be able to go back to the North Forest through this route, and then to Hammer. To the SW you'll find the manor house. It's well guarded. Take your time and draw the enemies out one at a time if possible. You may be able to handle more, but it's easier this way. Enter the house. Before attempting the temple, you may want to purchase a few fireball scrolls from Elric. The bishop dies quickly to fire magic, and fireballs are the best thing available to you at the moment. When ready, head to the west to the Temple of shadows. You'll find another section of destroyed town, this one has a strange pillar in the center. Grab the rune (of trinkets), and you'll be attacked by a few undead. Continue west to a column area. You'll be attacked by a group of undead, just take your time. Remember that skeletons can run faster than zombies, so use this to your advantage. Or use your bow to fish them out one at a time. Once you enter the Temple, you'll complete the quest that your uncle gave you (50xp). You can kill all the undead in here as you desire, but you may want to hold entering the temple for just yet. Instead, head to the Sewers (to the north). A large batch of undead and gargoyles will impede your progress, just take it slow. Enter the keep. General map: T M X | | |K +--+--+--G | H E C T = temple, M = manor house, X = rune, K = Keep, G = Shadow gate, H = Hex symbol, C = Cavern Manor House Q: Free Elsbeth's spirit After you enter and take a couple of steps, a cut scene occurs in which a spirit asks you to destroy her body. Talk with her about things, and you'll be attacked by a group of gargoyles. Cast minor shield if necessary, and use either the mace or the pickaxe. Run off and heal if needed. They shouldn't be too tough. Once destroyed, search the house. You'll find a few potions, and a gemstone that fetches a pretty penny from Elric. Ravenscar keep This area is pretty much the sewer. It may be somewhat confusing, and it's quite dark. There are several spiders around here, so be sure to have the mace equipped so you can actually hit them. There are also a few zombies and skeletons down here, so be careful. You want to get to the south, as that is where Elsbeth's body is located. Open the door, and cast firebolt on the body (35xp, completes her quest). You can either go to the SW and enter the temple, or go to the temple the preferred way (head back out to Ravenscar and then go west). Temple of Shadows D: E to Ravenscar You may have already cleaned out all of the undead here, but if not, do so. The temple is pretty straightforward at this point, just continue west, killing monsters and getting a few herbs and potions. You'll eventually reach a strange fluffy teleporter. Step on it to get transferred to the main portion of the temple. I have made a quick table with a key that describes how you should go about getting to Bishop Mortan. Temple Map +-X | +-$ B | | +---+---+-A | | | +-$ | C | | +---+-G | | J EL+-D | F-+- | G-+-H | $ You start at A, there's a mace nearby. At B you'll find another mace and a trap, and at C you'll find a scroll. The $ signs represent areas you can go to and get a bit of money. At X you'll find a few potions and the exit to the sewers. J has a few more potions, and G has a long sword stuck on the wall. Head to D and grab the scroll of Motran and a key. You can use the key on L and get to E. E has several scrolls, Mortan's journal, and an arcane rune (cloak rune) and an arcane grimoire (book of arrows). F has a tomb with a traps- you can get the gem but will suffer about 100 damage. It's your choice. G and H have a mail hood and a scroll respectively. Once you've got everything you want, go up to the top of the level, get in the bubbly field and read the scroll of Mortan. You get transported to the final area. You'll find yourself at another crossroads. All of the rooms but west have potions. Once you've grabbed them, go west. You can grab four more potions by veering off you main path. Eventually, when you get too close, you'll get a cut scene where the Bishop summons 6 skeletons. He then fires a spell at you, but you can outrun it by going east. The skeletons will follow you, but they shouldn't be too hard for you anymore. Once you've destroyed them, go after Mortan. He has two spells as attacks, and will melee you if need be. Shoot him with fireballs if you have the scrolls from Elric, then go for firebolt. He should fall easily with some patience. He drops some nice items, including the staff of lore, a bunch of gold, and an arcane rune (of corpses). Cast Death's recollection on the bishop's corpse, and you'll get a bit of info and storyline (and some xp). Then grab the book on the stage. It's time to head back to Madrigal. Madrigal Town Square D: E to Eastern River, S to South Madrigal Square, to Madrigal Market, N to Northern forest, W to Western Moors As soon as you enter, you get to enjoy a cut scene which transfers you to the Hex (50xp) and full SP. Hex Q: Get the skull of alchemy, get the anvil of Horath, retrieve the heart of Kinkathra. As soon as you enter, you get accosted by Malkuth, a giant tree. He gives you some quests. If you have the book of Hades and the skull of alchemy, give them to him. This brings back Jaard the librarian and Caldor the alchemist. First go speak with Caldor. For this you get a potion, and can pick up some other items if desired. Caldor will give you a potion whenever you gain experience. Now go to Jaard and, if you have some books and their runes, you can place the books and get new spells. Whenever you get a new book and/or rune, be sure to come back and place it in your library. You'll get experience and some nice spells. If you want to maximize the bonuses you can get, place a book, get the experience, get a potion, then place another book, and again get your experience. There are several items lying about, be sure to pick them up. Go back and talk with Malkuth. Talk about items, and select "take" and grab the two hex stakes (and the potions, if you want). You now have nearly infinite inventory, and should never have to return to town to sell your items. You can use the "hex" symbol in your inventory menu to send things instantly to Malkuth from anywhere. You can also view your seculorum by going to the character screen. There's not too much variation with it just yet, but it's good to know. Now it's time to tell your uncle the good news. North Forest D: S to Madrigal town square, W to Cavern, N to North Forest Tower Prepare a weapon (pickaxe is good). Go to your uncle. Uh oh, he just got killed by Tamaran. Fortunately, Tamaran is pretty weak, since your uncle beat him up pretty well. Kill him, you don't really need any spells. Now cast death's recollection on him (make sure you have a hex stake!). Tamaran is actually kind of pitiful. End his life (25xp). Now cast death's recollection on your uncle. He tells you a bit more information (10xp). You've also been given a hint to go to the Path of Shadows. Head there after everything is fixed up and you've got enough food and healing items to manage. The next few areas can be somewhat tough. Oh, and Barthelago left, so you can't get any more potions or identify any more herbs. Head west. On your way, return to the sacred grove and activate the hex stone. You'll get experience and your spell points recharge. Continue through Ravenscar, and north to the Path of Shadows. You can activate the hex if you desire, but you may find it more advantageous to save it. Path of Shadows D: S to Ravenscar, N to Mercenary camp. Hm, a deserted path... seems suspicious. Indeed, as soon as you cross, you're attacked by two shadows. They have short swords, cured leather armor, and some rings (basically worthless). That's it for here, continue north. Mercenary Camp D: S to Path of Shadows, N to 7 Kings Barrows As you enter, your character decides to listen in on a few thugs. They talk a bit, and then you regain control of your character. I would suggest equipping your mace. Next, take very slow steps forward (North), and wait after each step. Mercenaries will decide to attack you. They can be quite tough, but you can be tougher. They drop some very nice items- pick them all up and send them to your hex. You'll get a hefty bit of gold and will be able to afford some of the niceties later on. Many also drop potions (mostly lesser heal, I believe). If you enter the mercenary camp proper, you'll get shot at by the thugs. You can respond quite well with fireball. Two blasts should be all that it takes. When you run out of spell points, go back to Ravenscar and touch the hex stone. I got an instant kill on one fellow by attacking him as he was changing weapons (from crossbow to long sword) with my pickaxe. I'm not sure if this can be repeated, or if it's just a fluke. Anyways, continue on, and be cautious. You don't want to get two mercenaries whacking you at the same time. In the center of the camp you'll find a pit full of rockbeasts. You can shoot at them, but it's not that worthwhile, mainly a waste of ammo or SP. When finished with this area, go north to the 7 Kings Barrows. ----A hint from KA107: I found a good trick to use on the mercenary camp is to sneak around to the left side. There is a narrow back entrance. They don't all run at you at once, and you can pick them off. This tactic also works for the church ruins. 7 Kings Barrows D: S to Mercenary Camp This is a rewarding area. You get the best boots in the game here, as well as several (3!) runes. There are seven barrows (tombs) here, but I found it difficult to map them out. I would suggest instead entering each tomb, searching it thoroughly (including killing the skeleton nobles and grabbing the boots of dashing, and the runes of medicines, breaths, and fears). The nobles generally drop long swords, send them to your hex so that you can resell them later. Once you've finished with a tomb, I'd recommend dropping an item in front of the entrance to mark the fact that the tomb is cleared. I prefer dropping poisonous or useless herbs and potions. Continue around, searching all the barrows you find. Eventually you'll find one with orange phoenix symbols on it. This is the barrow of Horath, the great king. Barrow of Horath Fortunately, this place isn't nearly as confusing as the temple of shadows. There's one crossroads here, and head straight for now. You'll find a body on a tomb, cast Death's recollection on it for some storyline. Then head up, and you'll see two skeleton mages get summoned. Fiddle with one of the pillars, and no more will be summoned. The skeletons aren't too tough, but do cast a nasty firebolt. Touch all of the pillars so that they turn blue, and avoid the center of the circle, or else you'll be badly hurt. Next, head back to the crossroads, and take either left or right path. Enter the room, and you'll find yourself in a rather strange place. Make it to the bubbly teleporter and take it. You'll see the anvil of Horath nearby. Prepare for a fight (equip either your mace or pickaxe), and pick it up. 4 gargoyles attack you, but shouldn't be difficult at this point. Head out and get back to the crossroads. Now attempt to exit (a cut scene ensues). Galgaros decides to stop you. He is very powerful, and you'll need to do something cheap to beat him. Walk back to the pillars spewing blue fumes, and maneuver yourself behind the circle. Galgaros will follow, but will step in the center of the rune and suffer ice damage. He dies fairly quickly. If he gets out of the center of the circle, position yourself so that he gets back into it. When he dies (300xp or so), fiddle with one of the pillars (don't bother casting death's recollection on him, Galgaros fled the body), and grab his stuff. You'll get firesword, a decent weapon, and some gold. Head back to the Hex. Hex First, get a potion from Caldor. Then give Malkuth the anvil, which brings back Crucibus. You can go get another potion if you desire. Also, Caldor, now has a ring of the ironman (+5 str) on his cabinet. Grab it and equip it. It will end some of your carrying capacity problems. Crucibus is a friendly fellow who will repair your items for free. He even repairs magic items (get the ghost cloak and the boots of dashing fixed, if you can). He also has a salamander cloak and some potent bolts nearby. Go to Jaard and use your rune of medicines to get a fairly nice set of spells. Then go to Malkuth and grab a bunch of items from him (the items you got from the mercenaries). You'll get a nice sum from Hammer as you trade them. When finished, go to Allis Ham and take the Ferry to the Eastern Steppes. Eastern Steppes D: E to Church Ruins There's not too much to do here, a few herbs can be found, and a few bandits will fight you. Near the center of the region, you'll find a shadow guarding a building located on a cliff. Kill it, and prepare a scroll of banishing. Enter the building and use your scroll on the Raal. Then kill the bandits and shadows. There's a lot of stuff in this room, although nothing really stands out. When done, head to the Church Ruins. Church Ruins D: W to Eastern Steppes, S to Eastern Fen, N to Shadowguard Once you enter, someone appears and threatens you (50xp). There are several guardian beasts here (and gargoyles, which should be very easy by now), I don't think there's an easy way to kill them other than magic. Fortunately, there are two hex stones nearby, so magic shouldn't be too much of a problem- spend carefully, but knowing that you can regain a lot of SP. Heading east from steppes, take a north at the gate. You'll know it when you see it. You'll then see some herbs and potions. Prepare a scroll of banishing; it's a trap. If you try to grab the potions a shadow and a raal attack you. The raal can probably kill you with one casting of gas, so run behind a corner. Kill the shadow, then try to cast the banishment spell on the raal. Go back and reclaim the items. Continue on your merry way, heading east. Watch you hex compass, and it will tell you to go south. Do so if you don't care if you can get to Shadowguard. If you want to head to Shadowguard first, continue to follow the road. You'll be attacked several times by piggies and gargoyles. Eventually the road turns north, follow it. You'll soon see a building to the west, head that way. You'll find a small tomb with some items. Take the items, especially the hex stake. There are 5 hex stakes in the game, and you'll need all 5. Continue north to Shadowguard. Eastern Fen D: N to Church Ruins. A zombie attacks you right off. Kill it, and head to the SE (or follow your hex compass). You'll hear the sounds of battle. Cross the bridge, and a small cut scene occurs with bloodkin warriors fighting zombies. Help out the bloodkin. Bane will then speak with you, and give you a key-like talisman. Say yes to him, and you'll get 800xp and will be transported to the temple of the white moon. If you come back later, search the coastline of the swamp. You'll find several herbs, some of them valuable. Swamp spiders will also attack you, they can be quite annoying. Remember to attack low or you'll just be swinging at the air. Cross the bridge again, and then head south. You'll find another bridge. Cross it, then take the left path. You'll find another spider and a few more herbs. Take the right path. Two spiders attack you this time (albeit at separate occasions), and more herbs. When you finally make it all the way across, you'll find a dead bloodkin warrior who possessed some nice items. That's about it. Head back to the area where you helped Bane slay the zombies, and touch the hex stone for a new transportation point (and full SP). Temple of the White Moon Q: Find Bloodmaster. D: S to Shadowguard If you helped Bane out in the Fens, you'll be transported instantly to here. There's an arcane grimoire to the west (Book of Breaths), and Bane can be found in the north. Speak with him to get the Bloodmaster quest. Head south to Shadowguard. Shadowguard Q: Investigate the secret temple, D: N to Temple of the White Moon, Shadow Pass, E to Shadowguard Docks, S to Church Ruins, W to Lord Crux's Manor There's a hex stone in town, but you may want to hit it a bit later from now. This is a great town, since everything is fairly close to everything else. You may want to head east to the blacksmith and alchemist shops. Candice is superior to Barthelago in many ways, the least of which being not evil. Powder is the blacksmith, and will give you many hints. Also, he will give you some Powder Metal, which you should soon use. Now head into the Inn. You'll cut in on some people discussing something, one of them drops a scroll. Read it. Curt is a nasty innkeeper, but will sell some food to you. Now head over to the Liche's house (a bit west of the smithy). Talk with Ash, and tell him about the bounty on his head. He panics and gives you a key, at which point you get attacked. This battle can be tough, I'd suggest casting stoneskin (prevents damage from non-magical items), and killing the shadow and assassins. Check Ash's bed for the Book of Corpses. You may want to take the hex now, after selling your loot. Put the books you've found down, and then go to Madrigal and speak with Hammer. He'll have a lot of info for you, and you can give him the Powder Metal. You'll get the best bracers in the game in return (and 750xp). Head back to Shadowguard and go east to the Docks. If you have the quest from Skiff, go to the sherrif and ask about the charts. He tells you he ditched them already. Shadowguard Docks Q: Find and return skiff's sea charts D: W to Shadowguard There are two things of note here. The first is the "grubby merchant" who will sell you the rune of stones for 7000 gold (buy it at some point, as well as the Sheet Music!), and the second is skiff. Skiff is the boatsman on the dock. He tells you a sad tale of a rainbow rock (i.e. Hex stone), and how he lost his sea charts and will never be able to get back there. He tells you the sherrif took them. Once you've asked the sherrif about the charts, return, and prepare for a fight. A Thardolin soldier doesn't like you interfering. Thardolin soldiers are well-armored and can be quite tough. I cast stoneskin to assist me in my fight. When he dies, he typically drops some very potent armor. Equip it and be amazed. Talk to Skiff and give him back his charts (150xp). You can head off to the island, but I would advise against it. There are many Thardolin soldiers on the island, and they can put the hurt on you if you're not prepared. ---Around this time you may get a sabre. Gary Keeling has the following insights with the sabre: I found that probably the most effective physical attack against mercenaries, soldiers and other such heavily armored foes is to use the sabre on an endlessly looping "stab" attack Combo. It's very fast, and it pierces through the kinks in the armor, as opposed to trying to power through the armor as with slashing attacks. I even killed Gargos in Talendrah with this attack a whole lot quicker than I was able to do so with Messenger (I saved beforehand and tried it both ways). Secret Temple Isn't really so secret. It's pretty obvious where it is (in Shadowguard, located just east of the entrance to the temple of the white moon). Enter and use the key you got from ash on the tomb. A cut scene ensues. If you leave now, the quest "investigate the secret temple" will be completed. There are three vampires nearby, but they aren't outright hostile. That doesn't mean that you can't be. I found that using the firesword's flaming sword ability coupled with the spell Rest in Peace made short work of the vampires. You'll also find two tombs to the west and east. One is empty and the other has a magic cloak. Continue north, and a vampire witch will turn two bloodkin into pig men. Hide behind a corner, as she casts a powerful poison spell at you as her first attack. Kill the pig men, then take her on. As long as you're fighting her hand to hand, she won't cast her poison bolt (but will cast healing every now and then). Fighting her can be extremely annoying- I used the pickaxe and took her out (600xp). The doors behind her can't be opened just yet. Next, stop up on goods, as you will not want to leave the next area after you've entered it. Crux's Manor D: E to Shadowguard Do this area in one go- do not exit and sell off your items, or anything like that, as reentering can be a significant problem. Be prepared, there aren't many enemies here, but you can still get hurt. The door to this area should have opened after you've completed the secret temple quest. Proceed west, and open the gate. Chant will soon stop you and tell you that you need some rings to get in. You should have plenty by now. Enter the building (DON'T attack the pig men at the door), and Chant will follow. He tells you to go see what you can find out. Head up to the door that's guarded by the pig men, and you'll overhear some conversations (4, 10xp each or so). Then head to the SE corner. Kill the assassin, and search the bookshelves. You'll find two arcane grimoires (books of stones and fears), as well as a few other books and scrolls. Unfortunately (or fortunately), all the members of the house are hostile towards you now, but this result is pretty much inevitable any way you go about it. Head to the SW and search the boxes here. Be sure to search the vase for a rune (of manipulations), and proceed back to the main foyer. Kill the pig men, and head to the NW. You'll find some food. Head east, and kill the assassin and two pig men. Then enter the NE area and grab all the items you can (some nice potions, and such). Now it's time to take out Crux (I'd recommend saving at this point, in case Chant kills Crux). Once you enter, Crux decides to attack you, and Chant appears. Chant kills many of the assassins, while Crux generally concentrates on you. Spells work best against Crux (especially leech). You can let Chant wear him down, but try to get the final blow (1250xp). Once dead, Chant congratulates you, and you have just completed the "Find the Guild" quest you were given so long ago (150xp). Cast Death's recollection on Crux's corpse to get a bit more information, then grab his items (Especially the key). Leave, and the pig men will be hostile. Kill them, or run away. Head back to the secret temple. Secret Temple Go and use the key you obtained from Crux to get open the door. Kill the vampire who has been waiting for you, then head up and left. Two hooded men (non-hostile at the moment) await you. If you have any scrolls of banishment left, now is the time to use them. I had 5 scrolls total- 3 from Elric, and two from my Hex I believe, so found these guys to be quite easy. Alternatively, you could just blast them with purify, if you have it (which you may if you have 50 magic). Go and grab Messenger (1250xp). Messenger will eventually become the best weapon in the game, and is damn good now. For one, it's indestructible. No more heading off to the blacksmith when your weapon gets worn. It's also quite damaging, although there are better weapons. You may now sell a bunch of your scimitars, sabers, and similar swords (the firesword sells for ~800 gold, this may be enough to purchase the rune from the merchant at the docks), as messenger is better than them all. After getting messenger, head back out and go straight at the "T". You'll find several arrows and potions waiting for you. Pick them up, then pick up the bow. This is the elemental bow, which allows you to cast magic arrows. Yay. Head on out. Rainbow Rock Now it's time to get bloodmaster. Go and speak with Skiff. He'll take you to an island. You'll find several Thardolin soldiers on this island (with their very nice armor). I used stoneskin to survive their attacks. You'll find a hex stone near the center of the island; use it when you get low on SP. The two main things of note on this island can be found to the NE and SE. To the NE you'll find a batch of six soldiers. They are well armed, and you'll probably fight three of them at a time. Some of them may shoot at you with crossbows, get in close to attack them with ease. Once you've killed them, continue north and explore their boats. Their boats have a lot of food, enough to last you for a long time. Now head to the SE. You'll find a cave that leads to the Tomb of Alvaris. Tomb of Alvaris Immediately in front of you you'll see a pillar with which you can interact. Do so, and your character will use the amulet that Bane gave to you (50xp). This disarms all of the traps in the cave. You can explore the various offshooting paths to find gemstones and gold, but that's about all that there is around here. Head up and to the right, it's not too difficult to get around. You'll be accosted by a Thardolin captain and a regular Thardolin soldier. The captain has a strange weapon, the blade chain, and can fight for a long time. Magic will take him down quickly, though. The soldier is pretty wimpy. Head to the tomb, and Alvaris rises (albeit a bit skeleton-like) and tells you that he's been waiting for you. He gives you bloodmaster (700xp), and teleports you to the beginning of the level. Bloodstealer is a great weapon that is also indestructible (just like Messenger). Unfortunately, you won't have it for long. That's it for here. Head back to the temple of the white moon (save your game), and give the hammer to Bane (750xp). You'll be moved to Shadow Pass. ******************CHAPTER 2********************** Armored hero. Shadow Pass Q: Miscellaneous fighting quests that are generally completed during battle. D: S to Shadowguard. Your clothing has changed. Bane appears, and tells you and the soldiers what must be done. You can leave and go get items once he's through talking (getting out of the pause may take a while), but may not need any. Speak with Bane once ready, and you'll head off to fight zombies and vampires. None of the battles is excessively difficult, especially with all of the help you get. Be sure not to kill any of the soldiers fighting with you. After a few fights (140xp, 100xp), Bane will get to the gates, and bring them down (60xp). Now you and the army enters Tortaralan. Tortaralan No one is here. At least, not yet. As you get to the front of the building, you'll get attacked. You're told to protect the entrance. Go back to the entrance and kill the vampires. There's other stuff you can get here (mainly magic arrows), but I would suggest waiting to do so. Come back once everything else is done. Go back to Lore Bane, and he'll have brought down the gate to the temple. Once inside the temple, you'll get a few bits of dialogue, and suddenly you'll be attacked by Lightstealer and some of his lady friends. The female vampires will attack you, take them out, and Lightstealer will attack Bane. Bane may choose to attack the females, the fool. Alternatively, Lightstealer may choose to attack you. Run away and let Bane punch him up. Eventually Bane dies (I haven't tried to keep him alive, although it may be possible- I don't know the result), and you must grab bloodmaster and kill Lightstealer. He's worth 1250xp (?) and drops the long sword "blooddrinker." Check his tomb to get a bag. Then head out. Chant stops you and tells you that you've succeeded. You get transported back to the temple of the white moon, Chant becomes king, you get a magic teleportation book, and a day to sleep (restores HP). You may want to head back to Shadow pass and explore the area more thoroughly, as there's probably stuff you've missed. Once ready, use the book to get transported to Talendrah. Talendrah Q: Defeat Skorn and the Demon Revanants Immediately go east, and you'll find Barthelago. Speak with him. Seems as though he wasn't man enough to take the heart. Now you'll have to protect his sorry butt. This is a relatively straightforward region, head S, then E, then N, then W. Along the way you'll run into several mercenaries. Fortunately they shouldn't be so very difficult at this point in the game. You'll find numerous potions and minor goods in some of the houses, and on the bodies of the dead. Just be sure not to let Barthelago get too hurt. Eventually you'll come across a hex stone. Use it if you need to get back your SP. Return quickly, and continue into the camp. Don't go up the stairs just yet. Check the big tent for several books including the book of storms. When ready, climb the stairs. I cast stoneskin at this point, along with shield. The captain attacks you. Respond in kind. He's somewhat difficult, but just use messenger. When he dies (750xp), he drops a ring of the ironman, some gold, and a greatsword. Heal yourself, then approach the fountain. Barthelago will follow, collapse, and you'll get the heart of Kinkathra. At this point, Gargos finds you and tries to kill you. Again, I think that shield is the way to go. Take him down with Messenger, (3500xp- in part due to completion of the "recover the heart of Kinkathra quest"), and you'll capture his soul, then can get his executioner's blade. Kinkathra then tells you to defeat Skorn and his allies. Touch the hex and you'll notice that you now have some new options available to you- the otherworlds. At this point in the game, I would recommend trying only two of the areas- the Palace of the souls and the Feylands. The other two areas can be done later with a bit more ease. You can also head back to Madrigal. I'd suggest first heading off to the Palace of the Souls. Palace of Souls Q: Rescue Farangis, Rescue Rafaela, Free Dragor Nightsbane, Defeat Malhorraz for Lord Bane The otherworlds are essentially strange areas where humans (dead or alive) have unwittingly been caught. The Palace of the souls is the main junction in the otherworlds. As soon as you appear, you'll see Lord Bane. Run to your left- some creature is getting attacked by a raal. Raals are now very easy, with messenger. 3 hits and they're dead. Kill them before they kill the creature. Run off and do this in each of the four corners, but avoid the area with Malhorraz. Having several raals and Malhorraz gang up on you is very bad. Once you've killed all the raals, then you can talk with lord Bane, and the creatures. Each of them give you a quest. You'll have to do these quests at some point, and I find that Lord Bane's is the most easily accomplished. Now go find Malhorraz. After you exchange a few words, you have to fight. I cast elemental shield beforehand, and Malhorraz's magic was fairly weak. Just whack him till he stops moving (3000xp). Then cast Death's recollection on his corpse. You'll use a hex stake on him (1750xp- you should have 1 more left afterwards). Talk with Lord Bane to complete his quest, then talk with the guardian who gave you the Lord Bane quest (for a total of ~2000xp). Now use the hex stone to quickly hop to the fey lands. Then hop back out. I am unsure if this is necessary, but it may be the trigger for Melissa. Now you can head back to Madrigal. Madrigal Revisited Q: Recover the Crown of Rule, Defeat Soldiers in Madrigal, Defeat dragon soldiers at Tamaran's Gate. Well, look at all the soldiers. They're somewhat hostile as well (but only if you are). You can kill them if you desire, despite what Al says. First, go talk with Elric. You'll have new conversation options available. Elric gives you the quest to recover the Crown of Rule. Alfonse still sells at discounted prices, but isn't happy about the soldiers. Check Barthelago's old house, and you'll find a guy name Al-kadath. Al is a rather nasty fellow, and threatens that he'll kill 6 citizens per soldier you harm. Ignore this threat, if you want. I believe that talking with him also gives you the Defeat Madrigal soldiers quest. Then go speak with Hammer for some more info (and sell off your items), and then head to Madrigal market. You'll see a few foreign merchants. One of them sells the Book of Glyphs for 4000 gold. Go to the Inn and hear more people whine about the soldiers. Then head to south Madrigal. Go to Chant's house, and you'll find his sister, Renya. She'll tell you about some soldiers who are blocking Tamaran's gate (in the Eastern Fens). Finally, go speak with Melissa. Mention the B item, and she'll give you some items. The ring prevents creatures from becoming hostile to you in the Feylands, and the key opens a door in the Feylands. I would suggest heading there now, as you can obtain some of the best armor in the entire game. Feylands Q: Entertain the queen. You first two times visiting this place should be quick. The first time you should just hop in then hop out, the second time, you'll want to open the nearby door. Check the bed to get a sack with an elemental bow, some magic arrows, the Book of Manipulations, and Fey armor. I know it sounds bad, but there's very little better than fey. The chain armor, helm, and gauntlets will raise you defense to the 1500-1600 range. You can either stay and complete the quests here, or you can head on out. You can complete the quest early if you want to avoid fights, and especially if you have Melissa's signet ring. Head west, and you'll come across several fighters. They won't attack you if you have the ring in your possession. Enter the building, and the Fey queen will speak with you. Ask to trade for Raefela. Agree to the trade, and you won't be able to leave. That's no good. Fortunately, you have two options. The first and more difficult, but rewarding option is to kill her champion. Doing so gets you 4000xp, some good armor, and a ring of combat (?). The queen then sends you away. You can still kill her champion later if you complete the other option, which is to entertain her. Go search the area and you'll find several eggs (4 in total). Go back to the queen and perform for her (fortunately only at the cost of your dignity, and you'll get 125xp). The last egg you use will disgust the queen and the town will become hostile, but you'll be free. Cash your coin in at the palace of souls (1000xp total). I would suggest coming back here when you have Galdobah, as the enemies will be pretty wimpy. Also, if you're here to annihilate the fey, send your ring to the hex, then teleport in via a stone. The townsfolk will no longer be so friendly (either 500 or 750xp each). Then kill the guards (1750xp). Some of them may drop armor, and perhaps you'll get a set of leggings, which makes this venture quite worthwhile. ---Some insight from Danny: In the Fey lands, I really wanted to get a pair of leggings. I actually got a pair (from defeating the champion, I think), but they got broken fighting something else. I cleaned out the fey lands looking for another pair without success. Killing the queen results in -7500XP and zero loot. I couldn't target her directly, so I killed her using Earthquake or Magma, can't remember which. Eastern Fens If you enter from the hex in Shadowguard and walk down, the Eastern Fens is a lot easier. Using the Eastern Fens Hex will get you attacked by ~5 soldiers. Individually, they are fairly easy (especially with the fey armor), but together they can hurt you. Enter from the Church ruins, and you'll see the bloodkin. You can either enlist their aid immediately, or wait. Personally, I prefer to take care of the soldiers myself, then come back to get help with the witch. Proceed south of the bloodkin and you'll be attacked by a fairly large group. They should be fairly easy with the fey armor, or with stoneskin. Kill them, take their valuable goods (mainly their armor), then head to the hex. You'll run across a few more soldiers, rinse and repeat. Head off and get the bloodkin's help. You'll stop once (60xp), then will head off on your own to fight the witch. She's further south, just follow the Bloodkin if you don't know where she is (although your hex compass does point to it). Kill her (thus completing the Tamaran gate quest), and you'll be transported to the Thardolin Docks. Come back later, and take her stuff (she dropped a ring of magic). Thardolin Docks Q: Investigate archeological site for Pinaeos D: S to Oasis, N to Palace You end up in a desert. There's not too much you can do here, other than go east. Enter the one building that's open to you, and speak with Yarana. She gives you a change of clothes (1500xp) *****************Chapter 3************************* Desert Boy Yarana also tells you a bit of what's going on. Once you've got the info from her, head a bit north onto the boats. Search the crates. You'll find another hex stake. Enter the boats, and speak with the strangely dressed man (Pinaeos). Pinaeos isn't that nice of a guy, but there are worse. He gives you a quest to investigate a site. Time to head over there. Head south to the Oasis. Oasis Q: Free Cerebella D: N to Thardolin Docks, S to Deep Desert Hug the west wall, and continue south. You'll find a madman. Talk with him, then check out the cave behind him for some items. Head back out then hug the east wall. You'll eventually see two Thardolin soldiers. Speak with them, and mention Yarana and then Hammer's name. They let you pass (500xp). Talk with the noble woman, who turns out to be the empress' spirit. She gives you a quest to recover her body. Continue on south, and hug the east wall. Avoid the cultists for now, they don't do anything to you unless you get close. There's a hex stone nearby in the SE corner, use it if you need SP. And while you're there, grab your missile weapons if you've been putting them in your Hex. Otherwise, head to the Deep Desert. Deep Desert D: N to Oasis. This is one of the most rewarding areas in the game. First, follow the path to the south. You'll see a strange creature, DO NOT get close. Kill it with magic and/or missiles. Head east from the Krakken, and you'll find a building. Enter it and you'll see a strange pyramid- use it to get a rune (of either storms or glyphs). There's a wand here as well, grab it. Then leave and head to the north. You'll find another building. Enter it, and you'll see Kaldarath, a hex seeker. You'll also be attacked by a desert wraith. Dodge the initial boulder, then hid behind the stairway's corner. Kill the wraith, then prepare for Kaldarath. I found that I could use the blade chain to hit him despite the fact that he couldn't hit me with his magic (cheap but effective. Once you've killed him (2500xp), grab his stuff (hexseeker staff, flute), and cast death's recollection on him. You'll stake him (1500xp). Use the pyramid in this room to get the final rune (of either storms of glyphs). That should complete your collection, if you got the book of Manipulations from the feylands. Now you can explore the deep desert at your leisure. To the east, you'll find several desert wraiths (which can be stopped easily with Rest in Peace and messenger, and a few Krakkens. Head west, and you'll encounter a lot of Krakkens. Kill them all (750xp each), and grab the bags they are guarding. I used all of my magic ammunition at this point in the game. I didn't find any real use for it at any later point, so I didn't regret it. At the far east, you'll find a small cache of items with a Hex stake (the fifth one), a crossbow, and some bolts. Once done, head back out to the Oasis. Oasis revisited D: N to Thardolin Docks, S to Deep Desert I hope you've bought the sheet music from the grubby merchant in Shadowguard or at the Thardolin Docks (Delgar Din). Play your flute once. This allows you to play a few other songs. Don't play them just yet. Head over to the SE. You'll be attacked by cultists. Don't respond, they're pretty weak. Instead, head next to the well. Play the "Free spirits" melody (500xp). The cultists stop attacking, and merely run away from you. The cult leader doesn't much care for this, so kill him too. Then approach the well again, and play the desert rain song (500xp). Creatures fall from the sky, but probably won't damage you any. It's worth it for the XP. Prepare yourself for a nasty fight, then play "Prelude." Chimera comes for you. Kill him, and you'll gain his power (a la highlander), as he was a revenant. He drops the earth katana, and a ring. He's also worth a lot of XP. **************An alternative method from tothelions:****************** I simply surrounded myself with the corpses of the disemboweled cultists and there I played the free spirits and I got the experience, even though their spirits were already in hell resultant of messenger. From that location I could play majesty, prelude, and desert rain. The only difference I could find was that Chimera when summoned as a result of majesty (full health) or prelude (half health) would spawn near the well. *********************************************************************** That's it for here. Head back to the Thardolin Docks. Thardolin Docks revisited Q: Create a diversion by using artifact from Pinaeos. D: S to Oasis, N to Palace Go and speak with Yerana. Mention the madman's name for 500xp. Then speak with Pinaeos. Tell him about the ghost for 2000xp and 500 coins. He'll give you a bomb. Drop it in front of the wagon, then walk away. It explodes and kills the soldiers (1500xp). A few soldiers will be waiting for you when you return. Now enter the palace. Palace D: S to Thardolin Docks This is a pretty small area. Head to the W and E first to get some minor items, and kill the soldiers who try to stop you. Then head to the north. Incubah awaits. She's not so very difficult. Kill her and another revenant will be dead (that's 3 of 5). Then you may get the Crown of Rule, and a lot of XP. You'll also get a wind cloak, and another strange device, and the gratitude of the empress. There are a few more minor items to the east and west. Once done, head back to the Sacred Grove via hex. *********************CHAPTER 4************************* Hero with Plate Armor. Sacred Grove, Western Fens, Farm Estate Time to clear a few demons and nail Al-kadath. Head out of the grove and into the fens, then head to the farm estate. A few soldiers try to stop you from entering Jake's old house. Once dead, Al-Kadath breaks out, steaming mad. Kill him for a magic sword, and about 7500xp. Then go to the fens, and search the area. You'll find several winged demons (500xp each). Enter Madrigal once done. Madrigal Q: Defend Madrigal against the Rat Beasts Elric greets you. Things have been going well since you freed the empress. Hammer has organized a small militia. However, all is not well in Madrigal. You get attacked by a mass of rat demons. They're quite easy. Head off to the Inn, and then run to the basement and help Will, try to keep him alive. Then head off to the Eastern river and enter the sewers. If you haven't killed the spider, you'll find one waiting for you. Proceed along your path, then open the door. You'll find Barthelago waiting for you. He summons a person named Jalendrah to fight you. Kill her (3750xp), then cast death's recollection on her and stake her (2000xp). Head up to the Hex. You'll find Barthelago trying to enter the Hex. He kills Renya, then attacks you. He's not very difficult at this point, and falls easily (8250xp-ends siege quest), then cast death's recollection and stake him for 4000xp. You shouldn't have any stakes left after this. Barthelago drops a scroll that allows you to transport troops to the Mire Pits. Use it once ready. ----If you're having trouble with Barthelago, try this from Danny: In the final Barthalego fight, he doesn't cast his annoying poison bolt if you draw him away from the hex-stone. He whacked me about 3 or 4 times before I stumbled onto getting him away from the hex-stone. Once I lured him away, he only cast his shielding spell, which didn't do much about holding back Messenger. Mire Pits You'll wake up with some bad news. Fortunately, Chant will help you. Accompany him and slay the undead that happen by. Eventually you'll get to the entrance of Galdon Thor. Get your SP up to near its max before entering, then go on in. People attempt to stop you (Galgaramon is worth 2500xp and is extremely easy), and you get transported to the Ice queen's palace. If you want to come back later, you'll find some nice items in the fortress, namely a potent wand. You'll also find several raal and winged demons, both of which should fall easily to Galdobah. ***********************CHAPTER 5************************ Warlock. Ice Queen's palace Q: Escape from Lilith's Ice Domain All of your items are stripped from you, but a mace suddenly appears next to where you start. This is the area where you must show that you are a warlock. But first, a map: +--+--X2 +---S T4 *T5 | | | | | T1 S T2,3 +--+--X3 X4 You will need to have your magic up to level 50, or else you'll be in trouble. Several skeleton demons roam this region, and it will take two or so shots from this spell to take them down. They're worth ~450 each, so it's worth your time to kill them. Essentially you'll start at S, then take the teleporters (which are symbolized by T) to their respective locations (X) and will want to hit the switch S to get to the *, where all of your stuff is located. Messenger is gone. Enter the transporter, then continue on. I didn't map out the rest of this area since it seems as though you'll inevitably find yourself at the end if you just search. If you enter the teleporters, more demons appear, these can be a good source of xp if you have enough spell points. Lilith is waiting for you, and you'll talk a bit. Kill her (I used the katana) for 9000xp. She is a revenant, and one of the last you'll face. Grab Galdobah (or Messenger as you knew it), and you'll find it can now cast purify. Once you grab it, you'll be transported to the stair of ice. ---More insight from Danny: For Chapter 5, it took me a long time to find all my gear. In the meantime, I learned not to use up all my SP with purify against the skeleton demons. I killed one with Purify to get his spear. The rest of them I used Rest In Peace to freeze em up, the used the Ice Spear and repeatedly gave em blade strikes upside the head. I actually killed the Ice Queen with one of the spears. I cast Slow and Weak on her and cleaned her clock while barely taking a scratch. Stairs of ice D: E or W to Dark Hex Nexus. You'll be swarmed by winged demons when you appear. Kill them, they can't really do anything to you. There are two bags to the east and west with potions and such. Head to the south, and you'll be shot at by demon sorcerers. There's one in each corner and one in the middle. There's plenty of other demons, as well. They fall easily to Galdobah. Kill all 5 and the doors will open on this level. Enter the Dark Hex Nexus. Dark Hex Nexus Here it is, the location of Skorn. Search around a bit and you'll find a hex stone and a wand. When you enter Skorn's room, he come out and walks away from you. Behind his throne you'll find a potion. As you leave, you'll encounter Skorn. I cast stoneskin and haste, then pounded him. After you've damaged him about halfway, he'll run away like a coward. Follow him, and you'll be transported to the Palace of Souls. Palace of Souls Hopefully you've cleared out all the Raal in here, or Skorn will force them all to die by yacking with you. Hit Skorn a few more times and he'll run away yet again. Time to finish up the otherworld quests. You may also head back to the Madrigal mines, I believe there are several winged demons populating that region now. The Infernal Mines Q: Get ore Once you're teleported in, you'll find a noble boy who wants to speak with you. Talk with him and you'll get a bit of info about this place. You'll encounter two main types of enemies around the mines- demon slavers, and undead miners. Both are susceptible to purify. Provided you have Galdobah, this level is pretty much a cakewalk. Just kill everything you run into that can be hostile. Asmodeus, the big ugly, evil demon is to the south, and he'll tell you he'll give you a key if you give him 100 pieces of ore (it's a lie). Pick up one piece of diamond ore. You'll find a strange demon to the east. This is Asmodeus' brother, and not very loyal to him. Give him a piece of ore, and then unlock the door near the noble. You'll get the coin and 1500xp (use it for 1000xp). If you want, you can go and get the best armor in the game. Approach the south, and draw out the demons (magma works great). Run away, and some of the demon slavers will follow. Asmodeus will probably try to hit you with a boulder, try to dodge it if you can. Kill the slavers, then go for Asmodeus. Killing him is worth 5000xp and will get you the diamond iron plate (best armor in the game), and a hammer. There are numerous other minor goods here (like potions), but nothing that really stands out. Garden of Souls Q: Free Dragor's companions, Kill Necromicron This is a very nasty area. The vampires here constantly regenerate and the spiders are pretty nasty. I cast magma on the spiders to take care of them, as their poison was quite painful (and my seculorum was unbalanced). Head up and run away from the vampires. They enjoy casting fear bolt and spirit knives. Try to enter the buildings. One has Dragor, the other has Necromicron. Dragor tells you that his friends have had their souls captured by Necromicron, and that they can't die till Necro dies. Necro, however, won't die till the souls are free. Sounds a bit like a nasty loop. Fortunately, it's not that bad. Fight Necro by using fire magic. Also, cast the magma spell on the nearby statues. The statues are where Necro is keeping the soldier's souls. You'll notice that the statues can take damage, though you won't see numbers. Once a statue has been destroyed, a fire will light up on the statue. Once all the statues are lit, he'll die the next time you kill him (5000xp). He was the final revenant, though that doesn't matter much. You'll also get a magic cloak. All of the vampires outside will be dead. Go to Dragor and get his coin. Use it at the palace of souls (1000xp). When ready to complete the game, head back to the palace of the souls and go speak with the well guardian. You get teleported to the well, and will get a lot of experience (it brought me up to level 39). Prepare yourself (stoneskin, haste), then fight Skorn. He's still as wimpy as ever. Take him out, then walk into the Well. That ends the game. ==================SPELL ANALYSIS========================== The following is a list of all spells, and my general comments on each. The spells are organized by book. Each spell has a minimum magic skill required for casting, an SP cost, and an element (or all elements). Casting a lot of spells of a specific element results in an unbalanced seculorum, and is probably something you should avoid. If there is no comment beneath a spell, that means I haven't tried it enough to get a good perspective on its usefulness. Let me know if you have tried these out, and what you think of them. Format: Spell name (min magic skill, cost in SP) [element- A(ir), E(arth), S(pirit), W(ater), F(ire), ALL] -Comments, usefulness. Book of Trinkets (Book is found in the farm estate, Rune is found in Ravenscar) Spot Item (1, 10) [E] -Pretty much useless, as objects aren't too hard to find- just look for the "star." Most spells of this book are useless, hence the name of the book. Storm Cease (14, 15) [A] -If you don't like the snow, cast this spell. Otherwise, a waste of SP. Soulseeker (16, 15) [A] -Tells you if creatures are nearby. Occasionally helpful, though generally not. Firefly (18, 15) [F] -Makes some light. Pretty useless. Pathfind (20, 15) [A] -Get a compass instead. Book of Storms (Book is in Talendrah, rune is in Deep Desert) Scorch (1, 150) [F] Frost (30, 100) [W] Insects (50, 200) [A] Stone Rain (70, 400) [E] Firestorm (95, 600) [F] -Extremely potent and damaging. Very costly in terms of SP, but does a lot of damage. Stay away from the area where you cast this, or else you'll be hurting. Book of Stones (Book is in Crux's manor house, merchant in Shadowguard Docks has rune, 7000 gold) Wall of Sand (1, 100) [E] Wall of Screams (25, 100) [S] Magma (35, 150) [F] -One of my personal favorites. It does a lot of damage and lingers for a long time. If you are fighting an enemy, try to keep them on the lava to get kill them quickly. Stay away from the lava and explosions, or you'll be in pain. Wall of Elements (50, 160) [ALL] Earthquake (60, 350) [E] Book of Fears (Book is in Crux's manor house, Rune is found in 7 Kings Barrows) Fools Gold (1, 40) [F] Secumind (20, 40) [ALL] Tidal Wave (30, 80) [W] Fear Bolt (35, 75) [S] -Generally, I find fear spells to be pretty useless. Spell points are better spent on killing enemies or preventing your own death, not scaring people away. Lightning (60, 150) [A] -A fairly potent spell. It's fast, too. Book of Medicines (Book is found in Ravenscar, Rune is found in 7 Kings Barrows) Cure (1, 50) [W] -Cures poison. Use it in the rare case in which you get poisoned. Cauterize (16, 50) [F] -Extremely potent if you have decent fire magic. Make sure you can handle the initial pain- afterwards, you'll heal rapidly (and nearly completely, as well). You can only cast this spell once every now and then- do otherwise, and you'll just be damaged. Leech (18, 40) [S] -A fun spell, but not the most useful. Cast in on weaker enemies for a quick pick-me-up (or on the faerie queen...) Heal (20, 80) [W] -A potent healing spell. Not too bad, overall. Regenerate (24, 70) [E] -If you're patient, this spell will heal you quite nicely. Use it instead of heal when you're not being attacked. Or use it in place of cauterize if your fire spells are weak or you're very hurt. Book of Manipulations (Book is in Feylands, Rune is in Crux's manor house) Weaken (1, 70) [A] -Makes an enemy hit less hard. Good for those hard hitters. Slow (30, 70) [S] -Makes an enemy hit less often, and dodge poorly. Generally better than Weaken. Recover (45, 110) [W] -Heals bad status effects (including poison), and gives some HP (I think). Greater Heal (60, 150) [W] -An improved heal spell. Not bad, though somewhat costly in SP. Fatal Flaw (90, 160) [S] -Makes a strong enemy rather weak. This spell is extremely hard to obtain, but generally worth it. Book of Knives (Elric sells the book, Allis Ham gives you the Rune) Spirit Knives (1, 30) [S] -Generally pretty weak, and, if anything, just annoying. It's pretty easy to dodge these, and is a favorite of many enemies. Pneumatic bolt (20, 15) [A] Flaming sword (24, 80) [F] -A nice, strong addition to the spell set. Use it on enemies weak to fire. Also makes a pretty good light source. Boulder (26, 100) [E] -If an enemy is stationary, then this spell isn't that bad. However, very few enemies are stationary Poison blade (26, 90) [W] -Puts poison on your blade so that the enemies you hit are poisoned as well as damaged. Not as good as flaming sword, overall. Book of Glyphs (Book is in Madrigal, Rune is in Deep Desert) Elemental Glyph (1, 250) [ALL] Gas Glyph (30, 250) [A] Magma Glyph (45, 250) [F] Haunting Glyph (60, 250) [S] -Another fear spell, and also a glyph spell. Pretty worthless, IMHO. Stone Glyph (80, 250) [E] Book of Dreams (rune and book are obtained from your Uncle) Death's Recollection (1, 5) [S] -Extremely useful, and fills in many of the gaps of the story. Cast this on any hex-seeker you slay if you have a hex stake. Also a good source of experience. Flare (1, 8) [A] -Pretty much useless. Even the description describes it as such. Minor Heal (11, 20) [W] -May be useful, but food is a much better way to heal yourself at low levels. Save your SP for other things. Fire Bolt (12, 15) [F] -The first damaging spell you get. Not very powerful, but good for attracting lone enemies. Minor Shield (13, 25) [E] -One of the best low level spells. Cast this before any tough fights, and you won't get hurt as easily. Book of Corpses (Book is in the Liche House (Shadowguard), rune is found on Bishop Mortan's corpse) Sense Evil (1, 15) [A] -Not so very useful. If it attacks you, it's evil. If you go monster hunting, it may be of slight use as it doesn't show strange results with demons or undead. Rest in Peace (20, 10) [W] -A rare mind-control spell that's actually useful. Stuns undead. Especially useful against vampires. Holy Radiance (35, 100) [S] -Destroys weak undead, scares stronger ones (imagine "turn undead" in D&D). Generally not so very useful, given that weak undead won't hurt you anyway, and R.I.P. is better suited against strong undead. Purify (50, 100) [S] -You NEED this spell. Get your base magic up to at least 50 so as to be able to cast it without the help of rings or items by the time you've finished the desert. Damages undead and demons, works extremely well against Raal and certain infernal mine demons. Casts fast as well. It's worth buying Elric's scrolls so as to be able to cast this spell early. Book of Cloaks (Elric sells this book, Rune is obtained in Temple of Shadows) Shield (1, 80) [E] -Generally useful. Better than minor shield in its bonus, cast this before big fights. Fear Cloak (20, 50) [S] -Another fear spell. Not really worth bothering with. Stone Skin (30, 200) [E] -By the time you get this spell, most enemies will already have magic weapons and thereby be able to harm you. Still, it can be useful when fighting some guards. Elemental Shield (40, 70) [ALL] -Decreases the damage caused by enemy's spells. The damage blocked depends on your seculorum's balance. Cast this before fight hex seekers and revenants. Book of Breaths (Book is in temple of the white moon, Rune is found in 7 Kings Barrows) Strength (1, 45) [A] -Useful on tough, armored enemies. Increases your strength. Gas (20, 60) [A] -One of the most popular spells as it both confuses and damages enemies. Worth using, although manipulating it properly takes some practice. Pax (25, 100) [W] -Again, why bother? Kill them instead of making them happy to see you. Sheesh. Rage (30, 200) [F] Haste (30, 90) [A] -One of the best late-level spells in the game. Casting this before a battle increases your speed by several points, which results in a large increase in armor class. With this spell, I had >3000 defense, and Skorn couldn't hurt me. Book of Arrows (Book is found in Temple of Shadows, rune is found in tomb in North Forest tower) Holy Presence (1, 25) [S] -Scares away undead. Whoop-de-doo. Secubolt (17, 40) [ALL] -Fairly potent, although expensive. Poison Bolt (20, 30) [W] -I found this to be extremely effective against stationary monsters, like the Kraken in the desert. If an enemy is charging you directly, use this spell to let him have it. It can do upwards of 100 damage, plus poison (another 100). Shards (22, 40) [E] Fireball (24, 35) [F] -A potent spell, which does 200 + splash damage. Don't class it on enemies that are close to you, or you'll regret it. ========================WEAPON LIST (incomplete)======== Knife- Your first weapon. Pretty crappy. It will serve you at first, but don't bother keeping one once you get some nicer swords. Club- good for clubbing things. Better than the knife, but not by much. A decent early weapon to use against the undead. Spade- Pretty cruddy overall. Slightly better than some weapons, but others available work just as well. Spear- A good early weapon, especially as your combat skill increases. Eventually this weapon will instantly behead your enemies. Short Sword- Overshadowed by the pickaxe, in my opinion. It's better than the knife, but worse than the saber, which you can get pretty soon after this weapon. Pick Axe- This is one of the best weapons for you to obtain early on, as it ignores all armor (including stone). Most enemies will die in one or two hits with this weapon if you have the Overhead strike. There are only two methods of attack, the overhead strike is by far superior. It even works well against undead. Essentially the Poor Man's Mace. Staff- A fairly nice bashing weapon. Superior to the knife, club, and spade. None are available right away, though. Mace- Extremely effective against undead. Use the smash and underarm smash when fighting undead- they do the best damage in the shortest time. This weapon also works quite well against armored foes like mercenaries. Saber- By the time you are able to use this properly, it'll probably be obsolete. Still, it's very strong. Gary Keeling states that the stab attack with this weapon makes this weapon quite useful. Give it a try! Long sword- I never saw the mystique. Give me a mace any old day. It's better than the short sword, though. Waraxe- Quite powerful when in perfect condition. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay that way for long. Scimitar- Hard to use properly without a lot of combat skill. Double bladed staff- nice for a little while. Halberd- Haven't tried it much. Broadsword- Same as above- when you finally get this weapon, you'll probably already have Messenger, and won't need this one. Toothed sword- strong and damaging. Magic weapons are still better, though. Cleaver- Why bother? Magic Weapons Hex staff- there are several of these, all on the bodies of the hex seekers. They aren't so very great, but can do some decent damage if used properly. They're worth a lot as well. Firesword- obtained from Galgaros. Nice and potent. It's a great item to use against vampires. Unfortunately, it gets damaged quickly. Messenger- without a doubt, one of the best weapons in the game. Indestructible, and very damaging. Bloodmaster- for the short bit of time that you have this weapon, it's equal to Messenger. Indestructible. Blood drinker- obtained from Lightstealer. At this point, I rely pretty much only on messenger. Still, this sword appears pretty powerful, judging by its selling price. Magic knife- get something better. Executioner's Axe- found on Galgoros (2). Pretty cruddy- strong, but wears out very fast. Fey saber- Good, and can penetrate armor. There's still better stuff out there. Earth Katana- Very strong, and a good substitute for messenger for the time you're not in possession of it. Obtained from Chimera. Ice spear- haven't tried it. Galdobah- Upgraded Messenger. The best weapon in the game. Thunder Hammer- From Asmodeus's corpse. Pretty wimpy. Galdobah's twin- on Skorn. You can't use it much, so not worth thinking about. The best armor in the game: Bracers: Shiny bracers. Easy to get early in the game. Provide hefty defense. Obtained by giving Powder metal to Hammer. Body: Diamond Iron plate, without a doubt. Found on Asmodeus's corpse. Hard to get early in the game. Head: Fey metal hood. Excellent defense, and can be obtained fairly early. Obtained in the Fey lands. Pants: May be the Fey mail leggings. I didn't find a pair in this play-through, but they may be found on some faerie's corpse. Boots: Arguable. Probably the boots of speed, as the bonus to speed is useful at all levels. If you have high speed, then these give a large bonus. Gloves: Fey metal gauntlets. Found in Fey lands. ====================HERBS============================= The following is a list of all herbs and mushrooms. All may be sold for at least 1 gold, so be sure to pick them all up. Mellor's Beard- Useless Millflower- Useless Aten's Wort- Useless Mushroom- Useless Icksleaf- Poisonous Misk Mushroom- Poisonous Phelan's Cap- Poisonous Blythe's Ruin- Very Poisonous Wittaker- causes confusion Lilith's Bile- Poisonous Tamaran's Revenge- Explodes Lynn's Wort- Restores a few HP Hexflower- cures status problems, restores some HP Spiderleaf- cures poison Hammond's Club- Strengthens Stoneham's weed- cures mental ailments Caldor's Blessing- Hefty Healing Magic Mushroom- Restores a few SP Makepeace- strengthens and hastens user Hades Crumb- Vomit but get 40 SP ======================CREDITS/MISCELLANY================== - Geza Steiner for a hint on how to kill rockbeasts without the pickaxe. - Danny for numerous hints. - KA107 for some mercenary camp help. - Gary Keeling for some good hints. -A great walkthrough may be found at walkthrough-online.com. It's missing a few things that I covered, but it's a good webpage nonetheless, and covers more of the general story. -GameFAQs for hosting this FAQ -If you like RPGs with excellent stories and great gameplay, and don't care too much about graphics, try spiderwebsoftware.com. Their Exile, Avernum, and Geneforge series are superb, and cheap!