AVERNUM 2 FAQ/WALKTHROUGH Avernum 2 is copyright Spiderweb software. Version 1.5, 9/10/01 By Matt P What's new: Athron's loot from Lynsis. An editor regular item number list from Chandler. Added a bind foe level 2 argument from Longshot. Thank you very much! Please send any additions! Copyright: This faq is copyrighted to me. Don't post this anyplace where I haven't given you express permission to do so (email for permission). As of right now, it can be found on gamefaqs.com, dlh.net, code5.de and neoseeker.com. Email: [email protected] DON'T ask for registration codes or any other crap like that. Do send any sort of hints you've discovered, or things you think I may have missed, or spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, etc. Don't bother with unimportant stuff like torches, cursed items, or even shield rings at later points in the game. They're not worth the time to put them into this faq. Check out the message boards (get there through www.spidweb.com) for more fun! How to use this faq. Despite being a walkthrough, I'd recommend against playing as I played. Mainly this faq should serve as an index- if you get stuck someplace, refer to it and maybe you'll figure it out. You can use the "find" command to great effect. It also serves as a hint guide for spells and abilities, and a location guide for rare items and hard to find spells. It is quite useful for introductory players who need some guidance on what to do first. Go to www.spidweb.com to get this game! It's an excellent way to spend $25! ABBREVIATIONS USED: Xp- experience. C- coins. HP- Hit points MP- Magic points NPC- non-player character Rep- Reputation GIFTS- Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spider. AP- action point, movement point, normally a character has 4 unless they are wearing too much armor, or have magical items, spell effects, or special traits. TABLE OF CONTENTS: (1) Character creation (2) Spell analysis (3) Walkthrough (4) Item analysis (5) Index \ common questions (check for skills, items, etc.) (6) Hint summary (7) How to cheat (8) Replaying suggestions, solo guide (9) Version history, websites (1) CHARACTER CREATION GENERAL PARTY PLAN: I usually go for 2 fighters and 2 magic users. It works quite well. If I want to pick up the NPC Becca, I leave the first slot open, and start with 2 magic users and one fighter. There are 4 NPCs, only Becca is available in the unregistered part of the game, the others can be found in the 4th chapter. NPCs are all very powerful, and usually of high level. RACE: Avernum 2 has unique races; unlike the typical hobbit, dwarf, elf, you get to choose between the feline nephilim and the reptilian slithzerikai. Most characters do not care if you have a slith or a nephil, but a few say things like "I hate nephilim" or "Sliths are evil." Include at least 1 slith in your team as you can later buy nice, cheap spells from a slith town only if you have a slith in your party. Sliths are great warriors who are skilled with pole weapons. They make decent priests. It's your choice on the nephil, though it's probably not a bad idea. They make excellent archers and thieves. Additionally, from Alex on the spiderweb software message boards: Nephilim act much sooner in combat, especially at higher levels. Yes, Haste and Slow matter more, but some monsters are very fast. Measured in terms of DEX/GYM required to get the same result, Nephilim start with +1, and gain an additional +1 bonus every 8 levels or so. In comparison, Fast on Feet gives you +2, whereas Sluggish gives you -3 and 1 AP less EVERY round. How can you even consider Sluggish? I love speed! Also from Alex: Regarding Races and Elite Warrior, to get an estimate of how useful the bonuses are, at level 1, non-humans get +15% attack rating with their traditional weapons, while Elite Warrior gives +5% (+20% more when going berserk). These bonuses seem to increase by +5% every 8 levels or so, and the damage bonus is probably proportional to the attack rating bonus (+5% attack rating => +1HP damage). CLASS: Always go custom, unless you really want to start playing right away. There are some skills you probably want to avoid at the start of the game which the predefined character classes have some points in. SKILLS: Some skills are more useful than others. Here's a general guide Strength- Get some of this. Plunk points into this along with dexterity as you gain in levels. Strength is initially more important, as you want to raise you carrying capacity, but once you max it out at 350, slow down and put more points into dexterity. UPDATE: Strength also adds ~.2 points of damage Dexterity- Get some of this. Make strength your priority initially, then start plunking points into this skill. This'll affect the speed at which you act in combat, as well as several secondary skills. UPDATE: Contrary to popular belief, it does not affect your to hit%. Intelligence- Necessary for mages and priest, not much so for warriors. Still, adding 1 point for warriors will give them some arcane lore and cave lore for free. It's up to you. Endurance- Not too important initially, as you don't get many bonus hit points for increasing this skill, but later on, a single point will increase you HP by 10 or more. Melee- Add a few points if you wish, but it's best to get points in these skills by raising your strength and dexterity. This'll also allow you to switch weapons without hassle. The alien blade, demonslayer, flaming and icy longswords are all melee. UPDATE: DO invest points in these skills! They do increase the damage your weapons do, by a similar amount as strength. Pole- See above. The two most powerful weapons in the game are both pole weapons, but you get them rather late in the game. Bows- A decent skill, but pretty easy to raise later on. Don't put too many points into as you can get trained by the nephilim near Mertis. From Alex, on the spiderweb message boards: You can buy 4 additional levels of bows skill from the Nephilim regardless of how much you already have. On the other hand, anyone using bows will probably have enough Dexterity and race/trait bonuses (Nephilim + Elite Warrior) to be able to manage without much training in this skill. My first party had a Nephil archer in it all the way to the end, and I'd say it was nice for the variety and for taking out Rakshasi quickly, but magic is still best overall. Thrown- It's up to you. Razordisks are plentiful and powerful, and this skill isn't all that expensive, but it's not nearly as powerful as bows. Hardiness- A must. Increasing your hardiness will decrease the negative AP effect of armor. If you ever find that one of your characters has 3 AP now instead of 4, put a point or two in this skill, that'll remedy it. It also affects the damage you take, and some of your resistances. Defense- Cheaper than hardiness, but not as useful. Still, a few points never hurt. Assassination- Useful, but not all that much initially. Killing a goblin by doing 70 damage gets you the same result as doing 15 damage. Boost this up later for very nice results. Mage Spells- start with at least one person with 6 in this. Another person could have 1 point, as it doesn't hurt. As you gain levels, make this skill a priority for your mage until you get 18 in it, then you can pretty much ignore it. Priest Spells- start with one person with 6 in this, and probably another with 1 point in it. As you gain levels, make this skill a priority for your priest until you get 18 in it, then you can pretty much ignore it. Arcane Lore- Necessary for reading tomes and identifying items. Put points into this occasionally, it's a cheap skill. Potion Making- Not necessary much at all. Still, plunk a point or two in it every now and then so that someone can make energy potions when you're in a bind, or graymold salves for the miscellaneous quests that require them. It's better than first aid at least. Tool Use- A decent skill that's pretty cheap. Only buy it for one person, though. If you have this skill at a high enough level (~30), you can rip off Motrax without fear, though this is quite an investment. First Aid- Ignore this skill. Why? Because to use it you need first aid kits, which aren't that hard to find, but which weigh a lot. That, and you need a high level in order to use this without fear of doing more harm then good. Plus, healing spells make this kind of useless, especially given how cheap they are. Arguments about ignoring first aid: +Longshot: I'll say myself that I disagree on some level with you about first aid skill. It was incredibly useful to me at low levels, and my skill in it was only 6 and I was using normal first aid kits. The reason it was so useful is because I would always run out of spell points while in dungeons. Also, first aid kits are all over the place, and can be bought for a fair price anywhere. Healing herbs, on the other hand, must be scavenged for. They are MUCH rarer than first aid kits (My note: at the beginning, anyway). +Enzo7za: And also at high levels first aid does not heal only 30+/-. If your intelligence, anatomy, and first aid skill is high enough it can heal 150-300 HP (I checked with the editor[raised stats]). +y0d1n2a3: Also, Priests with high first aid skill can heal PCs without fist aid kits (but the effect is much weaker). -Although you could just as easily invest those points in something more useful, like priest spells, this gives you more MP and stronger spells. Still, give it a try if you're up for something different. Cave Lore- Useful for dodging monster attacks and occasional special encounters. I plunk a few points in it sometimes. Luck- A nice miscellaneous skill. I would recommend ignoring it if it weren't so damn pervasive! There are a lot of encounters in which this skill is checked, and having a lot always helps. Plus it helps your resistances. Plus, it can save your life if you're down to 0 HP and get hit. But it is quite expensive. SPECIAL ABILITIES: This is a rather subjective area. Still, for the sake of completeness: Great Renown: Gives a reputation point or two occasionally. Skip it, reputation is easy to come by. Nimble Fingers: Gives bonuses when attempting to disarm traps and unlock doors. Not bad and may help, though not necessary. Beastmaster: Allows character to start with the summon beast ability. Useful at the beginning, but not at the end. The call beast spell is better, and doesn't have an XP penalty. Skip it. Good Education: Gives a bonus to rune reading and item lore. Not bad, though you should quickly have enough rune reading for this half of the skill not to matter. Toughness: Gives damage protection. Go for it if you want. Fast on Feet: Makes you act faster, and occasionally gives you an extra AP. I like this one, though it's hardly necessary. With this skill and boots of speed, you can attack as many as 4 times in a single round if you're lucky and have a lot of spells. 3 times is the maximum without this skill. Natural mage: Gives you spell-casting bonuses for both priest and mage spells, and enables you to cast mage spells while wearing armor. VERY nice. Allowing a mage to wear plate mail and still cast fireblast is a big advantage. The bonuses (+4, which may increase by level) are nice too, but not nice enough to warrant this getting this skill for a priest, since their spells can be cast without fear of encumbering armor. Elite warrior: Gives a lot of combat bonuses which improve with level, as well as the go berzerk special ability. An excellent skill that keeps on giving, even at higher levels. Definitely worthwhile. Divinely touched: Gives small bonuses with everything- it acts kind of like it's a lesser version of all the above abilities. It also gives the lay on hands, natural curing, and summon shade special abilities. Not so hot, because of the significant experience penalty. It's an excellent starting ability, however, especially on harder difficulty levels. Still, I say skip it. Of the bad abilities, sluggish, sickness prone, and brittle bones are the only ones you should consider, even then, with great hesitation. The experience bonuses are nice, but the difference is not too significant, maybe a couple of levels at the end. Still, it's fun to try something new. (2) SPELL ANALYSIS: MAGE SPELLS: Bolt of fire: Always useful, except on fire resistant monsters. Levels 2 and 3 can be gotten quickly, making this spell powerful from the beginning. Light: Nice and useful, improving levels helps some, but not a lot. Skip level 2 if you want. Call beast: Not so very useful for the most part. If you're playing on higher difficulties this spell actually isn't half bad. Sometimes you can summon something very nice, but most of the time it's pretty lousy. Bind Foe: Finally! A spell with controversy! Level 1 of this spell is one of the best in the game! Why? Because it's irresistible. Cast it on a demon, and the demon misses his next turn. Use it on a drake, and you can pummel them to goo without worry of retaliation. From Longshot on the Spiderweb message boards: If you plan on using this spell a lot, though, go for level 2. It can be resisted by some high level enemies, but it still is very useful stopping most enemies, and it's cheap too! Level 3 is a good improvement on level 2, go for it as it's very nice against giants and dervishes. Haste: Very useful. The difference between level 1 & 2 is slight, but helpful. Level three is excellent. When fighting slow-spell-happy magic-using badguys, have you mage (W)ait then cast this at the end, and tada! No slow state! Slow: The enemies love this spell, especially the damnable aranea and demons. I don't use it too much, but others do. Ice Lances: This spell is very useful at the beginning, then becomes obsolete at the start of chapter four, which is a shame because you get level 3 in chapter 4. Oh well. Unlock doors: A must. It's best to start off with this spell. Level 2 isn't all that big an improvement over level 1, but is nice to have. Level 3 is very sweet- all doors are opened by this spell. Create illusions: Take it if you want it. Summon aid is better, as the monsters won't die instantly, but this spell can serve as a decent distraction against non-magic-using monsters (I used in once in Sulfras's cave to a good effect). Farsight: Very desirable. Even with this faq, a lot of stuff is hard to get to, and when I give vague directions like "east of blah," it's nice to cast this spell and figure out what I'm talking about. Level 3 works outdoors. Lightning spray: When you get this spell, it replaces ice lances as your dominant damage spell. It's pretty powerful, but eventually gets ignored when you get fireblast, except when fighting fire resistant beasties. Capture soul: A neat spell. Use it on powerful enemies to plunk their life essence into your soul crystal. Then you can summon them up with simulacrum. The bad thing is this spell needs to be a high level to capture a powerful enemy. Simulacrum: The best summons spell. Get a haakai or lich, a null bug, an ur-basilisk, and some strong physical enemy in it and you're set. Dispel barrier: A necessary spell. Level 3 doesn't do too much, though. Summon aid: Nice for distractions. Useful when fighting giant slugs, as they spit at the summoned creatures rather than at you. Also useful when you need to run (when ie quickfire's burning your butt, and enemies are behind you). Beast Ceremony: Extremely nice. Cast it before all outdoors encounters to give a heap of whoopass to your foes. Level 1 isn't so hot, but level 2 is excellent. Level 3 adds a nice touch, but level 2 is all you really need. Fireblast: Probably the best damaging spell out there. Get enough magery, intellect, and mage spells, and this spell will do well over 100 damage. Not too bad. Arcane summon: Eh, get it, but you won't use it much. This spell pales in comparison to a decently stocked soul crystal and simulacrum. Arcane shield: Not bad, though I prefer divine warrior. Arcane Blow: A nice damaging spell for those fire resistant bad guys, though fireblast is still probably better. It's quite costly in MP as well. PRIEST SPELLS: Healing: As useful and pervasive as bolt of fire. Level 2 is a nice bonus, so go ahead and get it. Level 3 makes this spell very good. Curing: Useful. Skip level 2, as level 1 also cures disease. Level 3 is nice in that it gets rid of acid. Battle rage: Very nice. Level 2 increases the strength and makes it last longer. It hastens the target at level 3, making haste levels 1 & 2 pretty much obsolete, except against spell casters. Shielding: Good, especially on harder difficulties. This'll block your enemy's blows and damage. Level 3 gives magic resistance, a very nice addition. Repel spirit: A great spell. Get it to level 2 as soon as possible, you won't regret it. Level 3 is a must have spell as well. Smite: Good at lower levels, not so good at upper levels. Get level 2 as soon as possible. Soon divine fire replaces this spell, except in the rare case of a non-demonic fire resistant monster. Summon shade: Not bad, adds an ally for a while. Greater shades are decent, though Vengeful shades are very nice. Safe Travel: Bleh. Pathfinder quickly makes this spell completely useless. Don't go out of your way for this one. Unshackle mind: Useful against mind-bending monsters like gremlins, ghasts and fungoids. Level 2 is very useful. Move Mountains: Similar to dispel barrier, move mountains is necessary in this game. You get it early, and you can do a lot with it. Mass healing: Depending on the circumstance, use either this or just regular healing. Mass Cure: See above. Sanctuary: I rarely use this spell. It could be decent, especially at level 3. If an enemy ever casts this spell, keep using missile weapons or spells and that'll nullify its effects. Divine Fire: The best priest offensive spell. Use it often. Control Foes: An interesting spell. I don't use it much, although it is occasionally useful. Cloud of Blades: A unique spell. It alone can hurt black shades and Guardians as far as magic goes, and it'll also hurt the rakhasha, which is a great use for it. Unfortunately, you only get three clouds at max. Return life: I just reload. There's an unfortunate bug in the game that may cause items to disappear if a character dies, so reloading is probably best. Divine warrior: Probably the best spell. It doubles you AP, gives you a super strong blessing, and makes you harder to hurt than a lump of rock. Get it as soon as possible, and use it whenever you're faced with big bad guys. Divine restoration: A nice spell, especially when at higher skill levels. Out of combat just use healing 3. Divine host: Bleh. Get this one for the sake of completeness, but it's quite lousy. One fireblast from the enemy, and poof, no more shades. If third level summoned vengeful shades, that'd be another story, but as is, don't go out of your way to get 2nd level. (3) ----------------------------------Walkthrough----------------- This is how I played my most recent game. You don't have to follow it word for word, I'd strongly recommend against it, in fact. But if you ever need hints, just find the dungeon and hopefully you'll find your answers. I played the game on tough difficulty this time through, so if you find that certain enemies are downright easy and I say they're difficult, make sure you're not on easy difficulty. If you discover some super strategy, tell me. I played through this game without cheating, including the fight-end strategy found in (6). There's a walkthrough for the registered section of the game included in the help file. You can use either theirs or mine. **************************CHAPTER 1**************************** Watch the entrance sequence to figure out what's going on. Better yet, buy Avernum 1! FORT GANRICK. Q: Kill the nephar chieftain Q: Find the stolen arrow supply. You start off in Fort Ganrick. Walk around a bit and get acquainted with what's going on. Go east and get equipped with the stuff you find in there. HINT: In general, try to figure out if something is better than what you've got. For instance, a stone spear has stats of 2-20 -1, whereas an iron spear has stats of 2-20. The stone spear has an average damage rating of 10, but the iron spear has an average damage rating of 11. Go for iron. This is pretty much always true. The hierarchy of items is bronze/crude/poor/stone < iron < steel < blessed. HINT: Look in items. Press "L" and choose something. The best stuff is found in crates, barrels, dressers, bookcases, desks, and of course chests. On rare occasions, you can find stuff in other objects- for instance, in Fort Ganrick, there are some casks in the equipment room which have some cheap wine hidden in them, which you can take (go ahead and take them, you can sell them in Chapter 4). HINT: Stealing: It ain't a crime if you don't get caught. Many items have a "NY" next to them. If you try to take the item, and someone is watching, you get in trouble (and may even instantly die). There are ways around this. For instance, there's a desk in the southeast which has some copper coins. Close the door behind you after entering this room, and steal them, making sure no one can see you. This'll happen a lot, and I'll only mention it at the first couple of towns, unless it's something notable. HINT: There's a big selection of food in this game. Generally, I go for the lightest (greens), and ignore the heavier lizard haunches and fine meals. If you want variety, pick up all that you can. You should never need to buy food, as there's always plenty lying around. HINT, from luthien on the spiderweb message boards: If you're loading up on loot and hit the max items, you can pick up a couple more things if you equip the non-magic jewelry (or any other items like bows and missiles that you don't already have equipped). This is typically only useful earlier in the game before your characters are completely decked out. Go north and talk with Commander Vidican and get the quest. Then leave, quickly. You can come back after you've gained a few levels. HINT: Quests are your main source of reputation, and a good source of gold and xp. Whenever you complete a quest, be sure to get your reward! Uncompleted (ones where you've not received a reward) quests can be found under "Current quests" in the character info screen. THE OUTDOORS. All right. The great outdoors. There are several encounters with enemies nearby. In general, be nice to guards and never surrender your money to bandits. Those lizards can't be corralled, as far as I know. There are goblins, mushrooms, undead, and bandits all nearby with unique encounters. HINT, from luthien on the spiderweb message boards: Since loot and experience are so valuable, I will usually save the game right before any wandering encounter. Then reload the game to make sure I get the maximum number of enemies. 8 bladesman, 6 empire archers is better than 5 and 3... You're also likely to run into spiders, nephilim, and bats. Here we reach a dividing point. You have two significant options: Either go east to Formello and pick up Becca, or ignore the NPCs all together. It depends on your playing style. Becca is quite powerful, and has more points as a level 7 character than any of your guys will, but she's not Yours. She was premade, and not handpicked like your characters. Still, if you're following this faq that won't matter all that much, and you can always change her name, and picture and make her Yours. It's your choice. If you do go to pick her up, first go to Formello and trigger the cave quake (just walk towards the east), then ask her to join you. Else, head on to: FORT DRACO. Q: Kill the bandits Q: Deliver iron bars Q: Deliver marriage proposal. Just south of Fort Ganrick is Fort Draco, an important industrial hub. There's some important stuff going on here. Anfrond, a mage sitting in the east, is having trouble with bandits. Killia needs iron bars. Harg is too scared to ask Rose to marry him. These are all quests. Go ahead and talk to these people to start the quests. There's some good stuff to steal too. Go into Boutell's shop, close the door, and wait for him to disappear into the black (make sure he's not just off the screen, press the arrow keys in the corner to move your sight). When he's gone, take the Iron greatsword (nice powerful early weapon), and move up, do the same and take his iron bar. Then, in the boat shop, go into the SW room after unlocking it, close the door behind you, and pillage it. Then leave, find the barrel/crate with an iron bar in it, move the crate to her room, close the door, and take it. Now you've got a bit more money. Then go NW, outside of the city walls, and find the separated building. The saleswoman is rather nervous (buy some lockpicks from her). Something funny is going on here... Go out around back and down the trapdoor. This is your first dungeon! Cast a light spell or use a torch or candle to be able to see. Walk on down, and you'll run into a batch of soldiers. Uh oh, they're not friendly. Kill them, they're not too hard, and take all their stuff. HINT: When you kill things and finish quests, you get xp. Get enough, and you gain a level. The maximum obtainable level is 50, but this is hard to obtain with a normal party. From luthien on the spiderweb message boards: It appears that the penalty for experience is random. If your penalty is -50%, I think the 50% is applied by giving each point a 50% chance of occurring. Either that or some other distribution. I've completed quests worth 30 XP where the 50% penalty character will get anywhere from 10 to 20 XP. The moral of the story is, save before you complete a quest or some other big-XP action. It will be hard to get max XP for all your characters, but at least you can prevent one PC from getting cheated too much. NOTE: Although I've not checked, it is possible that the reverse is true for having an experience bonus (taking the negative traits like brittle bones). Let's say you have a bonus of 15% to xp. With each xp point gained, there is a 15% chance of gaining another xp point. Equip anything that's stronger than what you've got on, then take anything else that's worth money and isn't nailed down. HINT: You may find yourself unable to carry any more. There are a few ways around this, from Zeviz: There is also a (slightly cheating) way to carry much more than your weight allowance. When you are trying to equip an item, it does not go through the weight check. So if you equip that super heavy Empire armor straight from the ground, you'll be able to carry it even if it takes you over your weight allowance. And from TIE187: Also, if your party has a strength bracelet, you can pass it around and equip it on each character when they're picking up loot. It adds 60 stones to the character's carry capacity, up to 350 stones. Again, "the problem is that you can't drop anything since you won't be able to pick them up again." Then go back up the stairs. You can sell your stuff to Orson to get the best prices (drop the ore, meal and wine- these are later quest objects). Or, you can go to: TOR'S HOMESTEAD. Q: Kill the salamanders. A bit east of Fort Draco is Tor's homestead. A nice place, though there are some vicious lizards in the pen just east of the entrance. You can kill them if you want. There's a nice strength elixir ripe for stealing in the northern building. Go and talk to Tor and see what's wrong. Seems as though he needs to hire an exterminator. That'd be you. Go and find his salamanders and kill them. They're not too tough, though they have flame fields around them. Then go back and talk with him. For this, you get a shielding charm (acts like armor), 10xp, one rep, and the ability to train in BARTER. HINT: Throughout the game you are occasionally given opportunities to obtain and increase special skills. These can be very powerful. ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Barter is a very useful skill. It increases the selling prices of your items. Get 5 points for everyone, pretty much as soon as you can. Don't bother training in this skill, though, just get Tor to max you out. Every time you get 150 coins or so, come back and have him educate you. You'll quickly max out your skill. 60% is the maximum selling price obtainable through any means. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Go back to Fort Draco and sell off your equipment. You may have enough money to go and buy more points in Barter, though you can wait till you get some multiple of 150c to go and learn, if that's less tedious. Eventually, with enough barter, Orson will buy your iron bars for more than 25c, making the Killia quest obsolete. (Additionally, from Alex on the spiderweb message boards: Healers always buy items at the maximum selling price. The only, and somewhat annoying, exception is the shade in chapter 2. It doesn't buy anything - kill it! ). Go back to the NW and go down the trapdoor, and kill everyone you find down there. You'll kill the leader, the quest objective. There's a secret door that leads to a trapped hall with crates that have some decent supplies in them. Soon you'll run into an apprentice mage and some soldiers, kill them, and look at the bookshelf. You'll get firebolt level 2, a nice spell. Pick everything up, sell it and repeat as necessary. The NE section of this dungeon is filled with rats, including the annoying vapor rats. Kill them, and you may get a couple of furs to sell. Go up and tell Anfrond what you've done and you'll get 1 rep, 15xp, and 150c. Now you can head back to Fort Ganrick. You'll soon get into a fight with nephilim. Kill them, and make sure that neither Gridley (the non- soldier) nor Commander Vidican get killed. You'll get a map for this. Use it to get a password. You can talk to Gridley for another quest, the "Find the stolen arrows quest." From here I'd suggest heading down to Formello and talking with Rose, in the inn. Then go back and talk to Harg, telling him the good news. He'll throw a shielding ring down (take it, 5xp as well) and stop talking with him. You'll lose a reputation point if you don't. NEPHIL FORT: Then you can head off to the nephil caves. There's a secret passage to the northern part of the caves above the obvious lower cave entrance, go here first. You'll get into fights with nephilim, goblins, undead and hydras on this level. Nothing too difficult at this point. Eventually you'll make it to a door, and will automatically use the ghath password to get into the larger parts of the caves. This is one of the larger levels. Kill anything that moves, with the exception of Arum. Points of Interest: Arum is held captive in far SE, and his deceased friend was held in the cell right above him. Check the friend's body for a Beast Call Crystal. HINT: You'll occasionally find one of the really nice learning crystals. They're small blue things that come in three flavors- abilities, skills, and energy pulse. Ability crystals give you a new ability, like lay on hands or something. Skill crystals teach you 3 points in a given skill. Energy pulse crystals just dumbfound you, but are good to sell at 599c apiece. You can free Arum (1rep 5xp) after slaying the nephar chieftain. Towards the SW there is a tunnel that'll let you leave to sell your items. There's a lot of loot in this dungeon, but even obsessive- compulsives like me aren't going to bother with stone daggers, I'd suggest just picking up the better-selling items. South of the evil altar there is a bookcase with the very useful spell Move Mountains. You only get first level, though. East of the big room is the nephar chieftain. Kill him to finish the quests. Go a bit SE to kill some nephil shamans, and get to their book. Destroy the book (don't read it!) for 5xp. Go NE of the nephar chieftain room and you'll fight a nephil chieftain. Kill him and go into his room. On the west side, there's a secret passage which'll lead to two poison fungi and the treasure room. HINT: Those are magic barriers. There are three types: fire, which can be walked through for damage, force, which are impenetrable but can be removed with a dispel barrier spell, and Big and Weird, which are those which are separating Avernum and which you'll run into again later. Fortunately the lower one is a fire barrier. Walk into it to get a poor chain mail and rogue leather (very nice- improves tool use, and is 1-4+3). That's about it for here. FORMELLO Q: Find healing herbs Q: Destroy evil altar. Go back to Fort Ganrick to get your reward (3rep, 20xp, ~400c). Now you should have nice bit of loot. You may even have maxed out your barter skill. Time to spend some money! Follow the road to get to Formello. If you've picked up Becca, you've already triggered the cave quake. If not, that'll happen, and a vahnatai will tell you to come and explain your actions (Chapters 2 and 3). This opens up a tunnel to the vahnatai lands. Go there when you feel you're ready to move on. Otherwise, there are three main ways of burning off cash here: mage spells, priest spells and the pathfinder skill. Near the center of the town is a mage who sells mage spells. See the mage spells section to see my opinions on what to buy. The priest to the north sells priest spells, and the PATHFINDER skill. ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Pathfinder is a nice and useful skill. It allows you to walk on places which normally hurt you, like swamps, magic-zappers, and even lava. As such, possessing enough of this skill makes the safe travel spell completely obsolete. By everyone 5 points, except for one character. For this one character buy only 2 points. You'll find a learning crystal later on which'll give you three more points in this skill. Don't bother training in this skill, as there is no benefit to getting more than 20 (or even ~17 for that matter). ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This spell costs a lot of cash, comparatively, but it's still a good investment. Also in Formello is Stoppard, who'll buy healing herbs at 30c a pop. If you need money, go for it. I prefer holding onto those herbs, but that's just me. Next to Stoppard's store is Townshend's store. Townshend provides an important service: Identification. Those odd rings and minor magical items can be identified here, for a cheap price. Commander Graham will give you a quest: Destroy the evil nephilim altar. In order to do this, you'll need the ritual of sanctification. The wizard's apprentice will give you give you hints about this. In order to get it, leave the town wall through the west and head north on the east side of the moat. Go as far north as you can, then walk east through the secret door. Read the book and everyone who has a point in priest spells will get this ritual (one of the reasons to give a point of priest spells to a second person). In the Inn you find Rose, as mentioned earlier. The innkeeper is also having problems with a ghost, and you can help him out by destroying it. Do so and you'll be allowed to sleep at this inn for free. There's a gold ring east of the mayor's room which you can steal. You may want to save it for a later chapter 4 quest, but it's up to you. That's about it for Formello. VERDANT VALLEY Nearby this dungeon is a special encounter outdoors. You can help some soldiers fight some nephilim, and get a healing elixir as a reward. This is an interesting, large level. There are two ways of exploring this dungeon, from the south and from the north. From the south, you can access a secondary level filled with lava and such. There's not too much here, a few minor goodies, some gold, some fine leather armor, and a wand of bolts. From the north is much more interesting. You encounter a bunch of bandits and their hideout. For now, hold on going up the ramp. Instead go out the staircases to the south, and work your way to the body in the middle. You'll have to fight cave rats, mung rats, vapor rats, plain bats and lava bats, but eventually you'll get to a dead body with a Lay On Hands ability crystal. After getting this, go on back to the bandit hideout and go up the ramp. Kill everyone in this section of the hideout. To the east, you'll find the stolen arrow shipment. In the northern room, there is a secret door along the west wall with a passageway that leads through a fire barrier to a bunch of annoying hordlings. Kill them, and look at the bookshelf. You'll get 10 xp. That's it for here, so head on back to Fort Ganrick and claim your reward (100c, 15xp, 1 rep.). STRANGE CAVE Now that all the newbie major areas are done, it's time to hit some of the lesser areas. The strange cave has a very nice reward at the end. This dungeon is found by going south from Fort Draco one map down, till you see a sudden tunnel west. There's a secret door on the northern wall, and you'll find the cave. Go in, and kill the three damn gremlins. Then go north and kill the giant. Check the eastern wall of the giant's lair for secret doors, then go grab his stuff. There's a thinking cap there, which makes it all the worthwhile (a helm which improves your mage spells). REMOTE CLEARING Another minor cave with decent stuff is the remote clearing. It can be found by taking the NW route from Formello, and is a hidden dungeon- a few mushrooms mark its location. Inside, there are three nasty cave slimes, and 2 viscous goos. Then you can get to the herb patch. HINT: There are two types of herb patches- one is found on the outdoor map as a special encounter, the other is found in an actual dungeon. The latter are much better as they have more herbs than the outdoors ones. There are 3 dungeon herb patches. Come back to them every 5-7 days or so to pick up some more herbs MOTRAX'S CAVE. Motrax is a kindly old dragon who's seen better days. This will later be an important dungeon for you, but for now, there's two small things to do. Commander Ko wants you to go kill some bandits (they're the ones who demand 25c from you- you may have run into them already). Go out and kill them if you haven't done so, then tell him about it. You get 10xp and 1 rep for this. Behind Ko's office there are some tunnels with lizards in them. Kill the lizards and take their loot. You don't get any reward for this action. BOAT RIDE Q: Kill the ogres. You can get a boat in Fort Draco. There's a lot out there that makes this a worthwhile venture. After rowing it outside, south of the fort is a ledge along the east bank, which leads to a secret tunnel with a ash bow on a dead body. Further south is an island with some lizards on it. You can get off on the west bank and explore. There are some shades nearby, talk with them for a quest. HINT: Whenever presented with the option to be friendly, do so. More often than not the others will react with friendliness or indifference. If nothing comes of this, save, then attack. The ogres they seek dead are to the south. In the meantime, you may run into a batch of aranea. These suckers are annoying, and if your difficulty is on higher than normal, they are rather hard to kill. Destroying them nets you a wand. Further south is a small fort filled with evil lizard men. Wipe the fort clean, freeing the prisoner (5xp). Slith spears are good single-handed weapons. Fine slith spears are the best one-handed spears out there. Go east from this fort, through a secret door and you'll find the ogres. Kill them, then go back and talk to the shades for 15xp. Then go west, then south, and you'll run into some mushrooms. There's an abandoned town with a free iron bar, and a nearby shop (Waldby). He sells crap for now, unfortunately. Some people like to kill him and take his stuff, but I'd recommend against it. He'll identify and buy your items. Further east from here is an empire outpost. You can kill them and get their nice equipment, and a set of blessed bolts. East of that is an empire supply cache. If you have adequate luck (8 total, from Luthien), you can guess the password and burn the place (looting does nothing). This is part of a chapter 4 quest, so go ahead and torch it if you have the stats. SPIDER LANDS: Q: Retrieve the GIFTSs eggsack. West of Fort Draco are the spider lands. There are two types of intelligent spiders here: the GIFTSs, and the aranea. Go to the northern cave, the GIFTSs home, first. Make your way NW and talk to the spider on the hill. He'll give you a quest. Then you can do two things here: Plug up the aranea's hole in the center of the map, and explore the dumb spider's cave in the NE of the map. You get nothing for doing the former, but 200c for the latter, though you have to wade through a bunch of spiders. Afterwards, go bathe in the pool, and leave, heading south. You'll pass the special web barriers and will find the aranea cave. These buggers really annoy me. They're not too difficult on normal difficulty, but above that, and you'll have to take them on one at a time. The GIFTS's egg case is in the NW. There's a very useful farsight scroll in the NE (save your game, use it, then reload). In the center, there is a batch of spiders sitting around. Kill them, then look at the rune. You'll get firebolt 3, very nice. Head back to the GIFTS cave to get your reward: 10xp. Then search the opened tunnel. A lot of nice treasure including a red empire pass, and a ring of skill. UNDEAD AND NEPHIL FORT Far south of Fort Draco are the ruins of an old Avernum 1 fort (which featured prominently in that game). In this fort is the altar which is the object of the "destroy the evil altar quest" from Graham in Formello. This fort is filled with skeletons, zombies, nephilim and ghouls. If you have repel spirit 2 they aren't too much of a problem. Points of interest: On the west side of the dungeon there are three things. South there is a basilisk lair, with a nasty stone-gazing basilisk sitting in it. North of that there is a cracked wall. Use move mountains on it, and you'll reveal a demon. These guys aren't easy. The best thing to do is get next to him and pound him into kibble. Cast bind foe 1 every turn and he'll fall soon enough. Look in the chest for a key which'll help you later. In the NW corner there's a secret passage with a wand of ice. Head east, and kill the nephilim around the altar. Then (u)se your special ability "Ritual of sanctification" after getting up next to the altar (you can't hurt it physically, nor should you have a character sit down in it). This gets you 10 xp. North of here is a secret door with a chest containing a blessed cloak, which is better than anything you'll get anytime soon. East of here is a nephil chieftain. Kill him and his cronies, then go into the nearby door. In the room with a bookcase you'll find a chest with an ankh in it, which'll come in handy again later. Go south, and break into the room with a bunch of nephil in it. Kill them, and you can take their stuff. There is the very nice shielding spike (it looks like a scalpel), you may want to give it to your mage. There's a locked door nearby, but that'll have to wait. Go back to Formello to claim your reward (10xp, 3 rep, ability to take scrolls). FIRE LIZARD CAVERNS NE of Motrax's cave are the fire lizard caverns. There's a decent spell in here, as well as some quest items. The first floor doesn't have too much on it, except for some fire lizard eggs in the NE. You can grab some from across the lava, or if you have a high enough pathfinder skill can just walk across and take them as you will. The upper level is more interesting. There are several fire lizards here, which can be pains in the butt, but aren't all that bad. The nearby nest has a trapped drake's egg. Unfortunately, there's no way of getting it without getting burned. In the NE there is a stalactite blocking a path. Come back here again with move mountains 2 to get some rubies. In the NW is a drake. He can be difficult if you are unused to his attacks. Just keep binding him and he'll go down in no time. He's guarding a shielding ring, another drake egg, and a spellbook with Light 3. That's it for here. TYING UP LOOSE ENDS East of Motrax's cave, are some empire troops. They're pretty well hidden, but after you kill them you get another red pass. In the tunnels north of the undead fort is a special encounter which, provided you have enough luck, will give you a crystal which teaches you the Anatomy skill. Hold on using it for now. Solberg's fort is reachable by boat, but there's not too much there that's worthwhile. Plus you have to fight a bunch of nasty demons, making this an upper level area. There's a healing spring to the east of this area, but not too much else. Out to the far west is a ledge with a bunch of snakes on it. You can't get there yet. Likewise there's a building near Motrax's cave across a little lake. You'll go there later as well. There are a few other minor things laying around, but nothing major. It's time to head on to Chapter 2! PREPARATION: Q: Travel down the dangerous waters. Drop those excess arrows, scrolls, wands and potions off in a friendly town. No one will bother them. Drop your important food (like greens and dried meat), and take the food you don't care too much about (the heavy lizard haunches) with you. You'll lose all your food in this chapter. Drop all your cheap wine, meal and ore, they play a role in a couple of minor quest later. Get everything identified, go to the trainer, then head towards Formello. Enter the tunnel, fight the hydras, then hop into the boat. Go out to the island and talk to the vahnatai, Bentis-Ka. She'll tell you to go down the river to Avit, a vahnatai city. Take the cloaks you find in her room. They are quite useful, though blessed cloaks are still better. There's a slime encounter outside to the south of the island, though you don't receive anything for killing them. Go down the river, and continue down the two waterfalls. You may lose some food, unless- HINT, from TIE187 on the spiderweb message boards: When going over waterfalls, I paddle next to a waterfall, save, go over it, and if I lose food, I reload. This'll take you to: ********************** CHAPTER 2 *********************** There is a lot to do here. There are no stores, very few friendly people, and no means of training. You'll quickly find you weighed down with a lot of junk if you don't pick things up selectively. Ditch all the cheap stuff, you'll find enough good stuff that you'll still end up with a tidy sum after selling all your junk at the end. You'll be followed by a shade until the end. The second shade will sell you healing. Follow the river till you reach a calmer section. There's an area with rats wandering about. You can get some good mushrooms here if you have a high enough cave lore. Only one batch is safe. To the NW is the barrier tower, you'll come here later. Go ahead and kill the imps, though. Nearby is a secret passage that leads to a dead vahnatai who's holding a waveblade. Waveblades are the best one-handed swords out there. Fine waveblades are even better. Go to the SW, where you see a hut leading to the: WATERY RUINS There's not too much here other than some hydras, a few herbs, and the necessary hexagonal rod. Pick up a couple, they're worth a tidy sum. Now you're ready for the: RIVER FORT: This is one of the three main areas of chapter 2. Take your boat around the top, and enter by water. This'll save you hassle later. Go on the west side, kill all the undead there. There's a trapped box with a bunch of scrolls, and a box with a blessed dagger that's guarded by a nasty spectre. Spectres, wights, vampires and liches all drain your experience if they hit you for damage. Kill them quickly. Use you hexagonal rod on the wheel, and the some doors will open. Get back in your boat, and go south, getting off to the east. You'll fight some vahnatai. Kill them, and there's a spring which'll restore your health a bit to the north. Go east some more and fight some more vahnatai. Then go up and go as far NE as possible, a search for secret passages. You'll find a trapped hall with a book at the end: This is one of the three things you can do to make the next chapter easier. This book also gives you +1 to mage spells, a nice deal. Go south, fighting more vahnatai. When you get to the boat, check the southern wall for secret passages. Kill the slime, then work your way around, and again search the southern wall. You'll find a body with a fine waveblade and drakeskin boots (best treasure yet!). Hop into the boat, then leave this fort, Some more waterfalls, and eventually you end up in a big lake. There are two batches of hydras which, when slain and provided you have adequate luck (4-5, from Luthien), will give you magic wands. To the north there is a shade which will heal you for cash. To the east, there's a secret passage leading to a gremlin grove. Stay with them. You'll lose some food, but will get a few potions. Go north to get some more. Usually the unidentified ones are cursed, so ditch those. There's a minor dungeon to the east: THE RUINED VILLA Not too much here. In the NW there's a fire lizard guarding an unshackling crystal in its nest. There are Ice slimes, chitrach larvae and chitrachs here too. There's a secret passage to the north. Upon entering the room you must fight some undead vahnatai mages, and can then loot their treasures. You get a wand of ice, some razor disks and potion ingredients. That's it for here. On to the second major dungeon, the COFFIN CAVES Once you enter, you'll see lots of crystal coffins. Your job is to free the vahnatai inside. There are herbs outside of this building to the NE and SE. There are plenty of chitrach larvae, chitrach and null bugs here. In the NE there are some barriers. You can either walk through them or go north and use move mountains to get to the next room. This room has a chill charm, which is quite nice, given how few amulets you probably have. Continue south, and fight more bugs. You'll find a dead vahnatai with a scroll on it. Pick it up. Go down to the south, and open the door. Kill the larvae, and go west, kill the undead vahnatai, and check the cupboard. Now you have the second scroll. Now check the east wall of the main room for secret passages, and get up onto the platform. Use the code you've obtained to awaken the vahnatai (BLWLB). That's it for here. DAHRIS-BOK'S TOMB Follow the river some more, and eventually you'll be accosted by Dahris-Bok. Enter the dungeon. Choose either your strongest character (maybe Becca), or a priest who has decent strength. Some tool use skill might also help. HINT: There are a few occasions in which you have to select a specific character to do a quest. This is one of them. In general, choose the character best suited for the job (obviously). Addition from TIE187 on the spiderweb message boards: For single PC quests, I use my Mage/priest. I give him or her all the protection and special armor the others wear: shielding spike, 2 or 3 amulets and jewelry, rogue leather, lockpicks. Having your choice of Priest or Mage spells and the large amount of mana that goes along with training in both is quite nice. MY CAVEAT: It may not be too good an idea to load up your character, especially if they're in an area with a lot of items you want to pick up. Go north into the room with four exits. The east and south are open now. Go east and kill the monsters. You can usually kill the ghouls and such from a distance, since they can't cross the runes, if you have decent archery (from Zeviz on the message boards) or repel spirit. This is pretty straightforward. When you're done, turn the wheel. Now the east and north doors are open. You'll come to a trick set of doors. Play around with the runes a bit and eventually all 3 doors will open (or hit the bottom left then the top left rune). Go up and turn the wheel. Now the north and west doors are open. Go west, and enter the room. Check for secret doors to the east then the north, and life will be easier. Two wheels await you, turn them both. Now go open the east door and kill the two shades and wight. Continue east and you'll get access to some treasure, including a call spirit ability crystal, a cursed ring and a crystal charm. Go back south, and dump off your treasure on the other characters, then go west through the previously closed door. Kill everything inside, then go talk with the crystal soul up top. Kneel, and he's happy. You can search for secret doors on the north wall, and loot his stuff (Dahris doesn't care), you'll get an archer ring (an improved fletcher's ring) and a fine waveblade, but then you've got to fight some nasty undead vahnatai. Continue on your merry way down the river. You'll eventually lose all your food. Oh no. There's a cave to the east, you can go in it. HYDRA LAIR Looks like some hydras are fighting some chitrach. You can join the carnage, or you can let the hydras get beat, then kill the weakened chitraches. Take the meat for food. Talk to the hydras for humor. There's no great treasures hidden in here. Continue down the river, you're almost done. You end up at a nicer area, and see some of those shades again. These, however, decide to attack you. Kill them, then continue north. Some vahnatai attack you. Kill them, and check the west wall for secret passages to get some potions. HINT: Secret passage tiles look a bit out of place. This is especially noticeable here. These are hints that something different is going on. Go up to the tunnel to the north, and go through it, killing the salamanders. And there, my friend, is Avit. ************************** CHAPTER 3 ************************* AVIT Enter Avit. Bon-Ihrno, the vahnatai who spoke with you in Formello is on the island in the bright clothes. Talk with him. Then go do the ritual of welcoming (go left to right). You can get some herbs by heading around the north, then maneuvering over to the west. There's secret door in the SW house which leads to a pile of rubble in which you can find a scroll. In the SE building, there's another secret door that leads to a tree. Approach the tree and you'll get a key (more on this later). That's about it for here Head on out, and you'll run into some vahnatai. Be submissive and you'll do fine. Head on over west to Oglai. Be nice, and you'll get in. OGLAI Q: Recover the crystal souls. Corman, in the center-west building, will identify and buy your items. You should have plenty from the last chapter to sell. You may want to keep 1 waveblade, 1 razordisk, 1 fine crystal, and 1 vahnatai robe for a later quest. In the NE there's a trainer, you should also have some skill points to spend. West of the trainer is a weaponsmith. Talk with him and he'll hint that he threw away a steel shield. It can be found in the SE, outside of the town walls. You have to fight 3 hydras to get it. Also in the SW is a locked door, which you can not open until you have Unlock 3. Now you can enter the council building, if you've done all three things on your way to Avit (found the book, awakened the coffins, honored Dahris-bok). If not, you'll have to do some tests. Once you enter, the vahnatai ask to examine your mind. Let them, and they'll take down the barriers (100xp). You'll also be allowed to use the portal to get back to Avernum. THE TESTS You probably don't have to do any of these if you've been following this walkthrough but you still get 10xp for each one you finish. Strength- Choose either your fighter or your priest to do this one. Go in and hack everything to kibbles. There are 2 springs hidden here which'll give you a few HP and MP if you need them. There's also a very nasty ruby skeleton, which is why I recommend taking the priest. Search for secret doors and eventually you'll finish without hassle. Speed- choose whoever has the highest tool use skill or your mage to do this one. There's lots of quickfire, which is a pain. A few locked doors bar your path, and you've got to turn a wheel to open a gate. Take the lower path and ignore the goblins. If you've got enough resistance you can just ignore the quickfire and instead grab all the treasure to the north (it's nothing great). Patience- Doesn't really matter who does this quest. Walk along the path, ignore the wheel, then make it to the lever. Pull it, and pilot it out to the water area, and take the upper path. I'll let you figure this out, but it's not too hard. Then just keep pushing the block up the stairs. The block won't fall off the cliff either. Move back onto the rune, and uh oh! Just push it south through the secret door. Jump down after it, and move it back onto the rune. That's it. You may have a lot of money (I had >6000) and might be looking for a way to spend it. There are two nice means of doing so. One is by finding a vahnatai who's standing around, waiting for folks to come and talk with him. He can be found in some ruins. He'll teach you 5 levels of Vahnatai lore for 450c each. ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Vahnatai lore- A special skill that can not be trained. This skill will help you in a few important encounters. Get around about 10 points total, that's all you really need. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- EGLI Q: Find a drake fang Go to Egli (the city on the island in the lake), and find the mage in the west to learn simulacrum and capture soul (he's the mage reading human porn). One of the vahnatai on the east side of Egli will ask sell you crystals- piercing, unshackling and recall are all quite useful, shattering isn't. Buy one or two piercing crystals at the least. From the crystal seller go west through the hall and enter the meditation chamber. You'll find a secret door which'll lead to a passage with several fire barriers. Walk through them, and you'll end up in a room full of crates. Steal whatever you want, and get the gloves in the attached room. They are nimble gloves, quite useful for you thief. You can go out and talk with Rentar-Irhno (the cause of this whole mess) if you want. She'll get irritated and send you to the entrance. MANUSCO: Q: Slay Gaddika Q: Slay Hydras Manusco is another vahnatai city in the east with some nice quests to do. Speak with the children to find out about the empire a bit, and go and get some quests. Tokor-Te tells you to go kill Gaddika, an evil vahnatai to the north. I'll describe this later. You can also buy some upper level spells from him, though you may want to wait and get them from someplace cheaper. Aeon, a farmer outside of the city proper will give you a kill the hydras quest. The hydras are hiding to the north, and once killed, come back to get 10xp. RESTING CELL 4 Q: Slay the ice hydras. This is a very fruitful quest. It's not too difficult either. This dungeon is located south of Manusco. Talk with the vahnatai to the south to get the quest. It seems as though they're having some hydra problems. In this dungeon are hydras (both young and old), ice slimes and ice hydras. To the SW is secret passage which leads to a bunch of potions, to the SE is another secret passage which leads to a dead boy with a ruby. Go north, and kill all the hydras. Don't bother with the controls like you did earlier. That's the vahnatai's job. Go out and tell them you're done and you'll get 20xp and a soul crystal. Now you can use the vahnatai spells you learned in Egli. Head on back to Oglai. There are a few more things you could do here, but honestly, Avernum has better options at this point. Enter the portal and you get teleported to the tower of the magi. TOWER OF THE MAGI Q: Kill the serpent cult Q: Get some Fire Lizard eggs Q: Get a drake fang Q: Speak with Pyrn. You end up in your chambers. Drop off your excess stuff here, if you want. Go out the door, and south. Talk with Kelner to get the serpent cult quest. Go east and talk with Suzanne for the fire lizard egg quest. If you happen to have one on you, give it to her for 10xp and the chance to use her spellbook for curing 3 (South central east- there are 3 books there, corresponding to the quests you'll eventually do). North and west of here are Mahdavi's chambers. She'll give you the "speak with Pyrn" quest, which you can't take care of yet. Still, enter the room to the east, and look in the dresser. You'll get a code. Go way up north, and talk to the merchants. Piglet sells alchemical recipes (including graymold- don't buy it yet, as you can get the recipe for free in Patrick's tower), and Vincent sells potions and gives you the drake fang quest (#2). Completion of the drake fang quest gets you shielding 3 and 25xp. You can then go a bit north of where you got curing 3 and you'll find a storeroom. There's a secret door to the east, and you can move crates through this secret door, and plunder them without fear. They contain a wand of lightning, steel bolts, iron chain, several potions, and a set of magic lockpicks. There's a mage in the eastern lab who will sell you some of the middle mage spells. Buy the spells Summon Aid, Fire blast, and Beast Ceremony (just to level 1) from her, if you want to and have the money. X is in the SE, and will sell you the five most powerful spells, but at high cost. There's an energy pulse crystal (free 599c) near the center, to the east of the portal. Don't use it. Then there is also the portal, but you can't get there till you get magi clearance. That's about it for here. Upon leaving the Tower you get to go into: ********************** CHAPTER 4************************* The final chapter. This one is longer than all the others combined, maybe even twice that. You'll run into some soldiers on the way, be nice. You'll probably also be attacked by some empire troops. Empire troops are a great source of loot, and you may eventually find yourself looking forward to getting in fights with them. There are some ogres NW of the tower, but they're not worth killing. Continue up north and eventually you'll reach Mertis. MERTIS Q: Kill the madhouse bandits Q: Kill the chitrach Q: Get a gold ring. In Mertis, you'll find a nice variety of stuff. The mayor will give you a quest to kill some chitrach in the NW corner of town, doing so nets you 10xp and some Arrows of Light. HINT: Arrows of light are quite nice. They do 50 extra damage to demons, if they hit. Bolts of life do the same to undead. In fact, from TIE187: Both Arrows of Light and Bolts of Life affect both Demons and Undead in A2. HINT, also from TIE187: When you sell a vendor an incomplete bundle of an Item(Projectiles or lockpicks) and buy it back, you get a complete bundle back. This is great for renewing rare wands(you can't separate a wands uses:/), like the Rod of Arcana, or building up a supply of rare arrows. Sell 1 Bolt of Life or Acid > buy 6 back. Its expensive so I go to the stranded merchants near Fort Duvno. Their prices are Pretty Average, which are the cheapest I can find. Talk with Anhara in the bazaar for a quest to get a gold ring. You may have one on you; give it to her for 10xp and a ring of skill. The captain in the northern building will give you a major quest, to kill the Madhouse Bandits. The priest in the east of town will teach you the ways of Elgar, for 3000c: ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Anatomy: This is an expensive skill. It's worth it though. Almost all the enemies in Avernum are humanoid, meaning you'll always get more damage. It does around about 1 point of damage per skill point invested, but only against humanoids. It affects both melee and missile, but only seems to add .5 points of damage per skill point with missiles. It also affects first aid, if you use it. Buy it when you can or remember. When you get a big batch of cash, go ahead and use it on this. When someone gets a 5 in this skill, you may want to get that mind crystal you found in Chapter 1 and get 3 more free points. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Head on North to Silvar. You may want to continue north, and find a hill with a ruin on top. Go up the ruin to talk with Kossad, to get the cheapest spells around. There are plenty of wandering monsters around here, including some nasty batches of sliths. SILVAR Q: Sugar for Gary Q: Free enslaved nephilim Q: Find Nance Silvar is full of refugees. There's a band of thieves who have been abusing them. They can be found (and eliminated) in the SE, but for no reward. The mayor of the town has a quest for you: free the enslaved nephilim. You can talk to the nephil in the bar about it. While there, talk with Gary. He'll give you his sugar quest. I've only found 3 bags of sugar when I played, so this quest isn't major. Still, 200c is 200c. Elspeth lives among the refugees. Talk with her to get her "find Nance" quest. Nance is in Fort Dranlon, by the way. You can buy a boat here, sell your items, store your items, and train here. Q: There's a bunch of gremlins who want you to find their womenfolk to the north. The women can be found in the giant's castle. West of the gremlins is a one-time graymold patch. FORT DUVNO. Q: Kill the secret sliths Q: Find out who can cure dread curse. North of Silvar is Fort Duvno. There are more refugees here. Captain Johnson will give you the "kill the secret sliths quest." Walner the sage will identify your items, and will ask you to find out who can cure dread curse. Now that we've got a bunch of quests to do, we ought to go do some, right? Maybe later. Let's get a bit stronger first. Go back down to the tower of the magi, and talk to Mother Clarisse. She can cure dread curse. Return to Walner to get your reward: 10xp and a graymold salve. SE of Mertis there are some diseased nephilim(nearby here is a regenerating patch of healing herbs). Use the graymold salve on them and two local tribes will 1) sell you a batch of charms, and 2) improve your bow skill for 1000c. Head back down to the Tower of the Magi and go west two maps. Go to the NE corner of this map. This is the Abyss refuge. Then go south of Almaria, to a pink house. Agree to pay and you'll get a knowledge charm (increases item lore and rune reading). Then go through Almaria (pay the fee, I'll discuss this city later), and up, around the castle, and near to Blosk. You should see some wandering beggars on the way. They're from the Abyss. Tell them about the refuge for 1 rep. Go north, past Blosk, and enter Gnass, the slith city. GNASS Q: Retrieve the slith charm Q: Find massacre evidence. Find Pathass, and if you have a slith in your party, you can buy cheap priest spells (including the second level of move mountains- you can go back to the fire lizard cave [chapter 1] and grab their rubies now). Continue to talk with him for an important ritual. The chief will give you the slith charm quest. Assotho will join you if you find massacre evidence. She's an ultra-powerful priestess who can fight quite well as well. Orho buys and sells items, you can pick up a fine slith spear if you don't have one already. Leave and go to the castle. The wandering batch of guards in the castle wall will give you a mage's bracelet (very nice at this point) if you have adequate strength and/or luck (25 combined, from Luthien). HINT: The power of one's spells are based partly on luck, and partly on the mysterious Bonus. The mage bonus is equal to the mage spells skill + int/2, and the same is respectively true for priest spells. There are some ways of increasing this ability through wearing items, acquiring skills, or choosing specific character traits. The mage's bracelet and the robe of the magi both give a +4 bonus to your character. However, wearing both does not give 10 bonus, so it is best just to wear one. The magery skill gives a bonus equal to the number of points in this skill. The natural mage trait gives a bonus of 4 at the beginning, and may increase with levels. For priests, there is only the priest's bracelet. The mage's bracelet and the robe of the magi do not affect priest spell strength, however, both magery and natural mage do. Enter the castle. Go to the SW and enter the library. Talk to the lady behind the table, and you'll get magi clearance if you have 32 rep or more (and a quest which I'll mention later). Take your magi clearance and go SW to Patrick's tower. PATRICK'S TOWER Q: Find the Vahnatai Items. Q: Find the Borgia toadstools. Q: Get graymold salve for Julz. You may have those vahnatai items on you I told you to keep. Now's the time to ditch them. Patrick's in the SE, talk to him and give him the items. For this you get: 5xp & 100c, 5xp & deciphering lens, 5xp & 100c, and finally 10xp & 2 rep & slow level 3 from his book. Down in the SW is Julz, who tells you to get him some Borgia toadstools. To the NE is a library with some useful knowledge. To the NW is a lab. Enter the secret area north of the demon, and bring down the barrier somehow (maybe later). You'll have to contend with some quickfire, but will get a knowledge charm, heroic brew, restoration brew, and a knowledge brew. From Patrick's tower go east back through Almaria, to the map with the lava on it. Here there is the only regenerating patch of energetic herbs in the game, in the NW. It's guarded by a bunch of gremlins. North of here is the honeycomb, which is a bit difficult to navigate: just keep using the automap. You may see some gremlins. Save your game and go up to them. If they give you a special message like they run up and hug you, then these are the special gremlins. Reload and keep talking with the till they attack (they do reappear if they hug you or run away, but it's best to take care of them now). For this you get a spidersilk shirt, a decent piece of armor, especially for a mage. Near the center of the map is the Madhouse. MADHOUSE BRIGANDS. You may be somewhat low on funds now, so it's time to go and get some more. The Madhouse is a great place to pick up some nice stuff. The problem is, once you leave, it's hard to get back in unless you have dispel barrier or a bunch of piercing crystals. Hopefully you have at least one piercing crystal now. Enter the fort from the east. Search for secret passages, go around, then go up one space. You'll be teleported to a new area. To the SE is a funny pink wall. Use move mountains to destroy it, then get passed that barrier. Unfortunately, I've never found any other way in, though there probably is one. Fortunately, people have helped me with this: According to antimony (thanks again!) on the Spiderweb software boards: To get in without a piercing crystal: Go in the right-hand entrance, find the secret passage, go up, just like before. Then just walk north, killing the brigands on the ledges from a distance. After you pass the second group, there's a long hallway to the right. Don't go down it, look for either of two parallel secret passages. (Far Sight will make that easy.) Go down the lower of those (the upper may work as well, don't remember), and there will be an entrance to the main part of the fort. Then kill everything in sight, starting at the north end and working south. Leave to the north as necessary to rest & sell off junk, since it's easy to get back in. OTHERWISE: Go through the portal. Open the southern door, then fight all the bad guys in there. Go south to the next batch of baddies. Kill them then search the dresser for a pair of nimble gloves (yea!). Go south and kill the eyebeast and his cronies (thus ending the quest). Don't go through the portal, instead keep killing the baddies to the north (one of them has a wand). Then go back to the room where you found the nimble gloves and pull the lever. Enter here and kill all the baddies again, go east and kill some more bandits. One of them has the nice Archer's cloak, which you should put on your main archer (another bandit has a wand). Now you can leave. Sell your stuff off at Mertis or the Tower of the Magi, and get your stuff identified. Q: Destroy the empire supply caches. Now head back up to Silvar. You may want to try to go to Fort Dranlon now. On the way there are several nasty sliths out and about. They are somewhat difficult, but once slain, you may get a Fine slith spear, the best one-handed weapon in the game. Hugging the north wall will yield two special encounters. One is with the scimitar. They ask you to destroy the empire caches hidden throughout the area. Doing so nets you a nice reward. East of there is a magic fountain which makes you enlightened. Quickly head SW while enlightened and enter a lonely hut. You'll be able to read two scrolls and get raise dead 2 and divine restoration 2. A bit to the south of Fort Dranlon are some empire troops in disguise. Kill them and take their stuff. FORT DRANLON Q: Get Cheap wine Q: Get Giant statues Q: Kill Elderan. This is my favorite city as there's so much to do. The quartermaster in the SE will give 20c for each jug of wine you give him. Here's a good place to cash them in, if you've been saving them. He also sells one of the three bags of sugar to be found in the game (cost >200c, so not a good idea). Talk with Mairwen the wizard to get the Kill Elderan quest. Then talk with O'Rourke to get the giant statues quest. These are both excellent and fun quests. Nance can be found in one of the inns. Talk with her then talk with Elspeth for 1 rep, 15xp and a diamond dagger. The mage Postlethwaite will hint that there is some nice treasure near Cotra. Indeed there is, nimble boots in the trash pile to the west of Cotra. Wendy, a mage, will join your party if you let her. She's a great mage. For such a small town, there's a lot to do. North of Cotra are several monsters. These are the remnants of the force that kicked Cotra's butt. Teach them a lesson. Far south of Fort Dranlon is an empire courier's body. Keep trying to read his scrolls and you'll get the secret password "skulls." There are some nephilim living east of Cotra, don't kill them, they're friendly. They'll help you out a bit after you free the slaves. They'll tell you about the regenerating graymold patch on a swampy peninsula to the east. You have to kill some giant slugs to get it, which can be difficult (get up close to them so they stop spitting acid, and pound them into slime). There's a small house north of Fort Duvno where empire soldiers are attacking some Avernum soldiers. Help out the good guys for 1 rep. There's a basilisk east of Fort Duvno, you can kill it without hassle, but don't get anything (maybe capture it in your soul crystal). Finally (and best of all), north of Cotra is a secret cave. You've got to fight 3 batches of empire troops to access it, including a difficult wizard, and a dervish, but in the end, you get to bask in the crystal cave, which gives you +1 to strength. Woo hoo! NEPHAR FORT NE of Fort Duvno you find the nephar fort, the object of the Silvar quest. These kitties are pretty fast, and their shamans are evil. They give good loot, often pieces of amber and shield rings. Points of interest: In the SW, there's a bunch of shamans and a room with bookcases (on which there are scrolls). NW of this room is a secret room in which you can obtain beast ceremony 2, an excellent spell. To the East is a nephar chieftain who's holding a steel greatsword and drakeskin boots. There's also a bunch of nephar shamans out and about, and their temple. Take the potion on the left, it's a knowledge brew (the other isn't nearly as good), and will give you 5 skill points when drunk. When you do, you've got to fight 3 demons. Here's the best way of beating them: Use beast ceremony (which you definitely should have), then get into fight mode. (W)ait one round, then grab the potion with your priest. Use your mage to cast slow on the demons, and your warriors to pummel them. You should be able to act twice without problem, since the demons lose the initiative in the first round because you (w)aited (and this is a good strategy for several fights). The first thing the demons do usually is cast haste on themselves. Cast slow on them again and continue to pummel them. Summon up some friends to alleviate your pain for when and if they cast lightning blast. Eventually you can destroy them. Now go up to the platform, kill all the giants and nepharim. Enter the room. There are two secret rooms north of here. One leads to a desk with a key, the other leads to a trapped room with a treasure chest full of good sellable items. Leave, and use the key on the door, then pull the lever. You'll free the nephilim. Go back to Silvar to claim your prize (25xp, 4 rep). SPIRAL CRYPT The title give a good description of this level. There are lots of annoying spectres, wights, spirits and ghasts here, so be sure to have a decent priest. Enter N of Mertis. You may have to fight some undead on your way, but if you're lucky (but not by the game's skill) you may get a silver necklace or a piece of amber. You start out in the South. Go east and up and west, killing all that you meet. When you get in the NNE, there's a secret passage to get down and finish this level. You may want to continue going on the outer rim, however, and get a piercing crystal (that box has 3 crystals in it- not worth it at all). If you do this, you end up on top of a large cliff, and will have to jump off, taking damage. Go down the secret passage, and hug the east wall. Go down the passage and kill the lone wight, then search the north wall for a secret passage. You'll find a room with 3 graymolds. Go out and to the south. Jump off the cliff, kill the ghouls and ghasts, and continue. Kill the ruby skeletons, then go north and pull the wheel. This'll let you get out of here if you run out of HP and MP. Enter the dark area and head north, looking for secret passages. Check the northernmost wall for secret passages; there should be two, take the eastern one to get a piercing crystal. Take the western wall past the pit and fight the spirits and spectres. Try not to let the spectres hit you (make them your priority), as they hit hard and drain you. Go south, and kill the fetid zombie, breaking the barrier, and kill all the other fetid zombies. Use your ritual of sanctification here (30xp). Search the bodies to get a flaming longsword (very nice weapon). Then start to leave, you'll have to fight wights, spirits, ghouls and ghasts on your way out, usually. Talk with the wandering merchants (the seemingly useless ones) to get 1 rep. SECRET SLITHS Head east from Fort Dranlon (which is a good place to sell off all the loot you get here). Find the totems, then head straight west. You'll enter the secret slith's hideout. Kill the first batch, then head west. Search for secret passages to the south, and grab their loot. You can kill their babies if you want, though I don't. Continue south, and kill some more sliths. You'll soon get to the slith chief. Kill him, and take his stuff: dexterity bracelet, drakeskin boots, fine slith spear. Then head east and kill the priests and their guards. Head south from the altar, kill some more priests, then check the SE wall for secret passages. Go down it, and bathe in each of the three pools. Don't read the rune! Go north, then head west, you'll find a secret passage. Since you bathed in the slime you can pass the rune. Hop into the boat, then get to the island. If you know the ritual from Pathass, you can get the slith charm. Head east, kill the sliths and their fire lizard pets, then go to the NE room. Check for secret passages on the southern wall, and go up. You'll end up in a room with 2 fire lizards and a bunch of crates. Kill the lizards then search the crates. You'll get a lot of food, and some nice treasure, most notably a Resistance skill crystal. ------------------------SPECIAL SKILLS--------------------------------- Resistance- a most excellent skill. It'll block a lot of damage. There's only two ways to get this skill unfortunately, and you can't train in it, or it'd make your party unstoppable. Damn. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Then go back down and then west, and go up the stairs. Kill the sliths, then kill the fire lizards and the slith archmage (who's a decent soul crystal catch). Head east, and you'll fight a bunch of snakes. You can get a good number of herbs from this area. Then head east, and find a secret door. Bring down the stalactite with a move mountains spell, then look around. You'll have to fight 3 batches of undead: wights, spectres and vampires. One of the vampires had a radiant robe when I did this (blocks magic damage). Otherwise, there's not much else to do here. Go back to Fort Duvno to claim your reward: 300c, 4 rep, and 25xp. Go to Gnass to get 2 rep, 30xp, and sanctuary 3. SERPENT CULT The serpent cult is to the east of the tower of the magi. On your way here, swoop down and west, and look for secret passages. You'll find a supply cache with some minor goodies. Go back east and head north, you'll run into some sliths and snakes. Get used to them. Enter the cave, and fight the nearby sliths. Points of interest: there's a trapdoor in the NE. You an open it after you pull the lever that's to the NE of the trapdoor. 5 snakes attack you then. Towards the center east there are 2 giant slugs, if you want to fight the nasty things. You can't get up to the main fortress before going down, so get to the second level by taking one of the two pits. From here, fight the snakes and get up to the altar, and use the ritual of sanctification (10xp). Go west and you'll find Captain Brehon locked in a room. Talk to him after killing the slith chief for 1 rep and 10xp. To the NE is a secret passage that leads to a basilisk and a book. You can't look at the book until you get the blessed athame (it's repel spirit 3). Go to the NW and cast beast ceremony before going up the stairs. There's a nasty fight up there with 3 slith spell casters and a bunch of warriors. Kill them, and you can get a dragonskin cloak, the best cloak in the game. You can use the ritual on the altar for a humorous result, but no xp. Go east, and fight some mages. Check the bookcase for a scroll (historical scrolls have no quest in this game). Then take the west door to get some treasure (coins, blessed arrows, heroic brew, a cursed ring). Go south and open all of the doors except for the most southerly one. All of these rooms have some nice stuff. The NW room has a book that gives you +1 to arcane lore. The SE room (with the barrier) has a lot of potion ingredients, and the mideast room leads to a secret room with a bunch of dead, one of which has iron chain. Now go south and kill the slith chieftain. He has a fine slith spear, and a warrior's ring (an improved ring of skill). Kill all his buddies, then go west and kill the rest of the sliths. Use the wheel in the NE to get out without hurting yourself. Tada, all done. Go to the tower of the magi to claim your reward: 20xp, 4 rep and battle rage 3. COVEN CAVE This is a small dungeon with hard enemies. Get here by going east and south by boat from Silvar. You get some strange vibes from this place as you enter it. You can pass the barrier by walking through it, then must fight some ruby skeletons through long distance. Afterwards, 3 giant slugs await you. Then you'll fight some more ruby skeletons (who occasionally drop rubies), and some fetid zombies. Finally you end up a bit south of a room with some witches. Before you can enter this room, you've got to disarm 2 traps, then fight a batch of fetid zombies. The witches are quite tough, as they are resistant to almost all magic. Get up and mush them if at all possible. It's hard, and be sure to have used beast ceremony at some point prior. Haste 3 would work wonders, but that's not too easy to get at this point in the game. Still, with a couple of retries, it can be done. Their treasure makes this fight worthwhile. They have a bunch of herbs here, as well as a good bit of jewelry. Those unidentified gloves are cursed, but still may be worthwhile if you don't mind occasional radiation sickness. The book to the NE (secret passage) gives you call beast 3, the book to the NW gives you ice lances 2 and farsight 2 (the second one might be slightly useful). The book to the SW gives you a point in dread curse: ------------------------SPECIAL SKILLS--------------------------------- Dread curse: Technically, it's a special ability. Don't pursue it, though. Fortunately in this game it's a lot harder to get than it was in Avernum 1. Mother Clarisse in the tower will cure it for you. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- You may want to go to some new places. Blosk, Almaria, the Castle, and Dharmon are all quite nice. BLOSK Q: Find the spy Q: Find Grahk's peninsula. People are a bit edgy here in Blosk. There's a spy on the loose. Talk to the mayor to get this quest. There's a few ways of doing this quest: the proper way and the fast way. I'll walk you through the proper way. With the fast way, just skip to number 6. 1) Talk to Leith. Bruce's lead is a dead end, that priest is pretty much worthless. 2) Check Leith's bookshelf for hints on how to proceed. On to Almaria! 3) Go check out the storerooms. You'll get attacked, naturally. 4) Go to the strange room to the SE. Fight the demons, and get the hint. There are some empire records here, good for the castle quest. 5) Go back to Almaria, and talk to the statue in the SE. 6) Search all the ovens and braziers in the town. Then talk to Leith. 7) Talk to Saffron. 8) Give the evidence to the mayor. For this you get 4 rep and 25 xp. Saffron will identify your items, and you can train here too. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anyplace to sell your items in this town. Talk with Justin, the wandering blue priest to get the find Grahk's peninsula quest. For completion of this quest you get 10xp and 1 point in find herbs: ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Find herbs: A nice skill, which unfortunately can't be trained in or otherwise improved (unless you have Wendy, who starts with a point). With this skill you'll randomly find potion ingredients when traveling about by land. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- There's a shambler outside of the town walls. Don't get next to it and it can't hurt you, meaning just pepper it with arrows. That's it for now in Blosk. ALMARIA Q: Get a blue pass Q: Get a gray pass Q: Navigate the waterfall warren. Q: Find Sixus I'd recommend you head straight for Blosk first, in order to do the spy quest in the proper fashion. There's more to do here than in Blosk. The soldiers will open the gate for you without charge if you have high enough rep. Healing 3 (finally!) can be found in the hotel in the SE, in the SE room's dresser. You can take an herb from the alchemist without problems in the store in the SW. The trainer, Julio, will ask you to navigate the waterfall warrens. Doing so nets you 10xp and some blessed sandals. Mayor Beven will give you a big quest, to find Sixus. This will be discussed later. The mage Abby to the north will give you a quest to find a blue pass. Upon returning with one (1 rep 10xp), you're given a quest to find a gray pass. When you get one, return for 1 rep, 25 xp and a priest's bracelet. There are 2 herbs sitting outside of town, check the north passage for secret doors. Also, use move mountains on one of the strange-looking sections of the north wall to bring it down and get to a dead body which is loaded with some nice stuff (iron plate mail, steel great sword). THE CASTLE: Q: Find Harston Q: Retrieve empire records. The castle, the seat of the Avernum nation. Go to where you obtained magi clearance (in the SW), and talk to the librarian. She'll give you the empire records quest. This is a worthwhile quest, as for each set of records you bring in, you get 5 xp and 20c. There are a lot of records out there as well, and this quest never ends. Talk to the tall lady in green near the castle entrance to get the find Harston quest. Once you have adequate rep you can gain royal clearance, allowing you to enter most anyplace, including speaking with king. He'll give you the kill Garzahd main quest. Also, once you retrieve 2 crystal souls, he'll start you off on your quest to retrieve demonslayer. Go up to the mage chambers and talk with one of the mages there to get another portal code. DHARMON: Q: Deliver Ore Q: Steal Surface tools Q: Obtain Kothtar plans. Dharmon is a soldier's city, and is west of Blosk. In the hotel is a woman who's looking for medicine for her son. This medicine is found on one of island west of Silvar. Once given, you receive 20xp, 1 rep and an armor ring, not to shabby for a non-quest. They mayor of the town (you need either a boat or magi clearance to see her) will give you the Kothtar plans quest. Sarah, the priestess, will sell you divine warrior, as well as all the other upper level spells, provided you have enough rep. Rippel will buy ore from you. Largo will sell you good potions (buy the graymold one) and will sell you some recipes. If you enter through the north you can get a boat. Kill the rats then check for secret doors south, get into the boat and go west. There are a few places to land here. One is full of shamblers but has some nice ingredients, the other is Starcap's home. Kill the golems and talk with him, he'll hint on the onyx scepter's location. You can read his book for Unshackle mind 3. There's a bunch of storerooms with emeralds and rubies, which are quite worth plundering. Be sure to close the door behind you. You'll also find a bunch of arrows of light. There's a secret door in the northern room, which leads to a basilisk and two golems. Kill them and take the blessed bow and shortsword. If you want you can take the tools, and give them to the crook hidden to the south of the alchemist, though you get a strength bracelet and 10xp, you also lose 4 reputation, making this quest a bad idea. NW of Dharmon is a seller of goods. She sometimes has very nice items. There's a wandering group of empire troops about, and there's a patch of graymold directly south of Blosk. There's also a trap set by the rakhashi to the south of Dharmon- watch it, these guys are tough. Take the south road from Dharmon, and you'll pass the ruins of a city. On one of the gray patches of stones you'll find a trainer of gymnastics (5000c for +1 gymnastics for everyone). ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Gymnastics: A decent skill which is trainable. It makes you act faster in combat, and dodge more blows. Buy some and be happy. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- COTRA: Q: Destroy empire smelters Ah, back to the old dungeons. Cotra was once a beautiful city which has since been turned into a hollowed shell by empire troops and the evil eyebeasts. There are lots of ghouls, gazers, ghasts, eyebeast, giant slugs, and empire troops about. Points of interest: In the far NE, you'll find Yong-mi who gives you the "destroy the empire smelters" quest. A bit south, but still in the NE quadrant you'll find a locked door which, when opened, yields a vampire to fight. Woo hoo. In the NW quadrant (using move mountains to get in) are the eyebeasts. They fall pretty easily to fire magic, but the gazers are pretty annoying. Once you make it passed their main lair, you'll find a spellbook with smite 3, and a steel halberd (though the fine slith spears are better because, though the steel halberds do a point more damage on average, the slith spears can be used with a shield). Head to the SE to fight a bunch of empire troops. Kill them and destroy the smelters. You may find a warrior's ring on one of the bodies (I think it was the evil priest). You'll also find out the location of the nearby empire base. And you'll get a free boat. Take the boat east and loot the body for an armor ring. SECRET EMPIRE FORT Here is one of the places you find a blue pass. There's not too much in the way of other goodies here, just a wand on the bookshelf to the NE, some gold to the SE, and the blue pass to the NW. That's about it. Of course, all that empire equipment is good for selling, and may enable you to buy a point more of anatomy or something. Now that you definitely have a boat, it'd be a good idea to do some exploring. Go west to find an island with a slith tribe. Attack them, the chief has a warrior's ring. A bit south of here are some nasty shamblers (hard to kill, and strong to boot). Killing them nets you a blessed long sword. North of here is a group of empire soldiers, lead by a dervish. Teach them not to spy. North of here is Fort Dranlon, continue on north to find Grahk's peninsula. Then go back down to Fort Dranlon. Scimitar quest (destroy empire caches): There are 5 caches. You need a boat. From Fort Dranlon, head west, then land on the second north bank, search for secret passages and loot and destroy. Then go back and head a bit north. There's another one nearby here. Destroy it too. There's two more on the east side, one near the early (chapter 1) empire fort, the other north, near the abandoned mine. Then go west, search along the west wall. It's well hidden. Return to the people, and you'll get 40xp, 250c, and an icy longsword. The soldiers west of Fort Dranlon deserve a beatdown, give them one to get some empire records. A bit south is a house with a slith tribe in it. Help them fight the empire for 1 rep. Continue on west, then head up the waters. Go up as far as you can, then land on the western peninsula. Go north to get to the graymold cave (a regenerating dungeon herb patch). Go west, and pass the gate, since you should have a red pass. You can't attack this gate, unlike some of the others. Continue west, and you'll reach Harston. Watch out for Empire guards. I usually just attack them if they catch up to me, even if I have the proper pass. HARSTON Q: Bring bags of meal. Entering Harston finishes the quest from the castle (20 xp and 2 rep upon return). This is an empire town, so watch yourself. There's an identifier and a random item shop here. There's also a steel chain mail in the barracks (close the door and steal it). Talk to the random item shop owner (Suzanne) to get the sacks of meal quest. After Harston, head NE. There's a guardpost here, either attack or pass. There's another batch of guards here who demand to see a gray pass. You probably don't have one yet, so just kick their butts. Passing the tower gets you into another fight with archers and the dastardly infiltrators. You'll come back to that big building later. Enter the boat house. Kill everyone inside, then grab a boat. Travel east till you end up at the last down river, then park your boat on the small patch of land. Go through the secret passage, and kill the shades. Aimee will appear and give you Dispel Barrier. This is the easiest way of obtaining this spell, honestly. Go back to your boat and take a look around. Don't enter any buildings yet, but there are three batches of drakes around here. Kill them and two will give you black drake fangs (give them to Vincent in the Tower of the Magi and Enla in Motrax's cave). Now you're a good bit stronger and ready to take on the world even more. At this point I'd recommend going to Formello, then to the tower of the magi. FORMELLO REVISITED. There are two good reasons to go to Formello, and both are spells. First go north behind the mayor's room, and use move mountains. Then take a look at that book. You need a deciphering lens to read it. Then go back to the tunnel to the vahnatai lands. In the area where you picked up the boat, go north and use move mountains again. Then look in the box there. You'll get cloud of blades 3. Excellent. While you're here in Formello you may want to get to the SE area with all the statues. Go around the wall, then look at the pillar. You'll get a portal code. Onward to the Tower of the magi. TOWER OF THE MAGI REVISITED Q: Find the empire portal. Time to use that portal. Go to the center, and use beast ceremony before getting too close to the portal. Once you get one space away, a bunch of imps, 2 demons and a mung demon are summoned. Send them back to the depths of hell, and enter the portal, using Ell Pit Esk. This takes you to the barrier tower. BARRIER TOWER: You passed this place in chapter 2, now you can finally see what's in it. There's a wizard wandering about, and a beggar in the pentagram. Talk to the wizard, and ask about a book. Go and read that book, and you've completed this quest. Head east, and go through the secret door. Try to read the book (you'll get burned, there's no way around this). Now go talk with the wizard again, and talk to him about it. He'll remove the trap, and allow you to read it. For this you get Dispel barrier 3. Don't talk to the beggar or destroy the circle in any way. Go north, and leave this place. Tell Madhavi you've done it, and you finish the quest (no reward), and get the new one. I think it's time to head back to the vahnatai lands. Go to the portal and reenter Oglai. VAHNATAI LANDS. Talk to one of the vahnatai children. She'll tell you that Gnee is kind of weird. Head over to Egli and enter from the east. Go south and talk to one of the vahnatai there. Then head back up, and open the NE most room. Bring down the barriers with your spell, then grab the potion ingredients and the borgia toadstools (in the box). Talk with Gnee, in the SW. Gnee is a member of the vahnatai faction which attacked you and which are allied with the empire. He'll tell you about the key in the tree in Avit, which you already should have. Then head on out to Manusco. Talk to the children there. You'll find out some more. Hm. Now you know where that key came from. From Manusco, head west then take the north passage. Make your way all the way north, then look for a secret passage to that hut. Break the chains, then go back and fight the demons. Cross the crevasse, then enter the sickness area. There's something very nice nearby, but in the meantime you have to contend with evil demons and their hydra pets, and occasionally falling ill. Head to the SW. Pick up 3 bugs, then head to the NW. Find the temple by walking across the lava. Make three offerings. For this you get +1 strength and +2 blademaster: ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Blademaster: A nice skill. Unfortunately, no one teaches it to you, so you have to train yourself in this skill. It's worth training in occasionally, as it increases your melee ability. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Head back on down south, there's nothing else to do here for now. There's a tough lich to the south, kill it for 1000c and a rod of major call. It likes to cast charm, taking you completely out of commission. It may be too tough for you now. Go west, till you run into the spore tunnels (north is a graymold salve) and go south. You'll find a hole in a cliff. This leads to the Ominous crypt. OMINOUS CRYPT Enter through a secret passage on your left. Go north, and loot the tomb (basic charm), kill the guards. Then check for a secret passage east. Go past the statue, you'll be fine if you have enough vahnatai lore. There's a passage south with some undead in it, and a passage north. The passage north splits (and locks you in). Go left, and stay off of the bodies. Kill the ghouls, till you reach the NE room. Check the left body for a waveblade, unshackling crystal, and lucky bracelet. Go back down, and take the right fork. Go past the lava beds, then go and unlock the door. Kill the undead vahnatai, the check the NW corner for secret passages. Go west, checking the south wall for secret passages. You'll find a war charm, and a blessed buckler. Kill the spirits, then step on the rune and leave. Go east to Manusco then go north. Keep on heading north, either killing all the vahnatai you run across, or hiding. Killing them will get you their equipment, which is worth a decent amount of money. Keep heading north, and eventually you'll run into a fort. VAHNATAI FORTRESS This is one of the most fruitful levels in the game. Go east, and take the thin bridge and head south then east. Kill the vahnatai, and go north, and use the key to get in. Head southeast, to where the humans are, kill them and the wizard (who has a resistance ring). Go north (there's a bag of sugar in one of the drawers), kill the vahnatai guarding the wheel. Then head east to the training room and take the north door. Go as far as you can, up the stairs, killing the vahnatai till you reach a boat. Hop in, then take the boat east, till you get to a 6 square ledge. Take the secret passage down to find a crystal which gives 2 points of resistance to all of your characters. Take the boat back west, then find an area in the NW with a basilisk. Kill it, then get into the room next door. For this you will get an ability crystal, Defensive Glow. Head south, and enter the door on the right. Kill the vahnatai in here, and in the adjacent room, then head south. You'll come to Gaddika. Kill him (he's quite powerful), he has a gold bracelet, blessed buckler, and fine waveblade. Yipee. See what's in the rooms nextdoor, and kill all the vahnatai in there. Then go back to your boat and land on the ledge south. Bring down the barrier, then look in the two dressers. In one you find evidence (20xp), in the other, provided you have enough Vahnatai lore, you'll open the door a bit north and west. Go there next, kill the basilisk, and take the treasure (armor ring, blessed small shield, knowledge brew). Head back out. Usually, several vahnatai have spawned and are blocking your way. One of them has always had drakeskin gloves for me. Head back down to Manusco to get your reward (25xp, Natural curing ability crystal). Tekora-te will also train you in parry now, for 500c. ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Parry: A decent defensive skill. It makes you dodge blows occasionally, especially if you defend. Max it out, as it's cheap and useful for everyone. Later you'll be able to acquire another point in this skill for free, so that's why it's best to get everyone at 5. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Head back home, (you'll deliver the evidence to the council, but it's best to get some of the more useful spells and items before attempting the ziggurat, you'll also get the Fort Haledon orders quest), and head off to Patrick's tower. Give Julz the borgia toadstools for 5xp and bind foe 3, then make a graymold salve to get 4 rep, 15xp and haste 3 (Yes!). Now we can hit some of the other nearby places. FORT REMOTE Q: Get Cheap Wine Q: Get another blue pass It's the westmost Avernite city. To the north once you enter is a dead body behind some fragile walls. Search it for a blessed spear. Ignore the plate, it's cursed. Talk to Angarahad to get the wine quest. To the SW is an altar which is a good candidate for that ankh you've been carrying around. Place it there to receive an indeterminate amount of xp. Talk to the commander to get the blue pass quest: there's one blue pass south of Cotra (which you may already have) and another in the unfinished undead attack fort. Leave to the west. Around here are a lot of empire troops. Generally I kill them if I run into them, unless I don't have any other option. You probably don't want to go too deep here, maybe just look around a bit. Giants have excellent cash on them. South of the blue pass gate is a secret passage which leads to a bunch of aranea. Kill them for a dexterity bracelet. FORT EMERALD Q: Heal Brian Q: Kill Limoncelli. Fort Emerald is east of Blosk. There's an emerald here which'll restore your spell points. Talk with Brian's girlfriend to get the quest to heal him. Go up and talk with him, using a graymold salve on him for 1 rep and 20xp. Talk with the commander up in the NW to get the kill Limoncelli quest. This is the normal way of getting dispel barrier, but the way I described is better. SOLBERG'S TOWER All right, at this point Solberg's tower is doable. Head back to Formello, then take a boat west. Land to the south, near the lava. To the west is a pillar with an important portal code. Enter the tower across the lava fields. To the west is a secret passage that leads to a group of fire lizards, and a dead body with a poor chain mail. Go towards the tower, and when you get the paranoia message, cast beast ceremony then go into fight mode. Go south, then you'll get in a fight with a bunch of hordlings, imps and demons. At this point, they shouldn't be too much of a problem. Go around to the east side, and you'll enter the tower. In the SE of this tower is ice lances 3. Speak with Cheeseball for comedy, and to Solberg to figure out Garzahd's weakness. Solberg will also sell you cheap low level spells, and also the magery skill. There's two options: buy points from him for your mage and priest, or wait for the drake. If you have 3 or fewer magic users, Solberg is the cheaper option, compared to the drake. ------------------------SPECIAL SKILL---------------------------------- Magery: A great skill. Unfortunately, you can't train in it. It will increase the power of all your spells (even magery). It's a great skill for mages and not too bad for priests. Get more points from the drake. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- MOTRAX'S CAVE Q: Retrieve drake fang. Finally we return. Most of the mages here are snobs, but some are helpful. Enter the west halls. Talk with Enla to get the third drake fang quest (giving her one gets you 25 x, 1 rep, and a strength bracelet). Go east, and you'll find Linda, the crazy demon-summoning mage from Avernum. Check the west wall for safe travel 3. Go and talk with Ostoth to get hints on where to find mass healing 3. In the rooms south, there's a key you'll need eventually, as well as some good loot for plundering. Go east and check Motrax's bed for mass healing 3. You can continue to go east, searching for secret passages. In order to disarm those traps, you need a tool use of around 30. The treasure that's guarded is: Warrior's bracelet, ring of great health, and a whole lot of gems and gold. It's worth it if you want to try. But it's not really worth killing everyone over. CAMP SAMUELS: Q: Find Locke Small quest here, as well as a good weaponsmith and a seller of magic lockpicks. Talk to Lt. Krizsan, and get the find Locke quest. Locke can be "found" in Fort Draco by looking at the ledger in the building with the ore. That's it for here. East of this fort are a batch of empire soldiers. North of Dharmon there is a gate. Go up north, and you'll get into fights with empire troops. Do this three times to get an archer ring, along with all their equipment. You can make a lot of money off these guys. It's time I introduce you to Silverlocke. She lives in a small hut south of Blosk, and will sell you the best potion of all, knowledge brew. She'll only do this if you have a high enough reputation, and she only has ~10 or so. Buy out her entire collection after buying out her knowledge brew shipment and she'll restock. South of the castle is a wishing well. It's never done anything for me. South of that is a room with three pillars, I don't know what's up here. West of that is a tunnel that leads to a batch of undead. Kill them and proceed to the end. Eventually you run into the end, and will be able to pull out an alien blade, provided you have enough strength. The alien blade is the best sword in the game, damage wise. West of Patrick's tower is a special in which you help some soldiers fight 2 rakhashi and their ogre slaves. Kill the rakhashi and you get 1 rep. North of Fort Emerald, there is a red pass gate. Enter it, and go to the SW. You'll find a sick drake. Heal it with graymold and it'll teach everyone 1 point in magery. This can get you up to 6 in magery, not bad at all. North of here is the unfinished empire fort, a bunch of undead roaming around, and some empire troops. Search the area to the north to fight some undead. Two tunnels yield rewards: in one you get a blessed bow, and the other, a crystal charm. UNFINISHED EMPIRE FORT This is an interesting fort. The empire troops are having a lot of trouble with undead attacks, and the empire and the undead get into several fights while you're here. Upon entering, you'll see what I mean. Usually the empire wins, but is suitably weakened for you to finish the job. Go into the west smithy to get a bar of silver in a crate, then head east as far as you can go, then north. One of the bodies here has some empire records. Continue north and you'll soon get in a fight with some undead. Spectres, spirits and wights are all quite common here. Points of Interest: In the NE, there's a secret passage that leads to a big pit. There are two nice bodies there, ripe for looting. Head over there, but cast beast ceremony- you'll get attacked by some wights, vampires and spectres. The bodies have some decent armor and a blessed greatsword, a great item for selling (since the icy and flaming long swords are better damage wise). To the east is the main empire compound. In it there's a wizard, dervish, and evil high priest. They still aren't all that difficult, since you should have a decent amount of spells. In the empire dervish's room, you'll find another blue pass, which fulfills the Fort Remote quest (go back to get 4 rep, 30xp). In the storeroom with the guardian and the wine, there's a secret door that leads to treasure with blessed arrows and a protection brew. That's about it for here. TOTEM HALLS West of the Tower of the Magi, and East of Almaria is the totem halls. This is where you get a gray pass. You find it by walking through the big lava patch (the lava patch to the north will lead to a ruby and some fire lizards and the one to the east leads to some armorers), and checking the west wall for secret passages. Eventually you get attacked, and will see a lonely pillar. NW of this pillar is the entrance to this invisible dungeon. Enter and go east, through the lava. You'll run into some fire lizards, kill them and go up the stairs. Kill the drakes, ignore the cursed ring, then jump down. Search the halls, and kill the empire soldiers. Ignore the unidentified ring again. Take the northern passage up and open the door. Kill the demons and priest, then head west. Kill the soldiers there, then open the NW door and bust the wheel so that you can get out as often as you want. Go north and kill the dervish and his guards. Search the desk to get the gray pass, and then check the NW hall for secret passages. You'll find a treasure chest with a potion and an assassin's dagger. Go south, and kill the troops there. Search their food supplies for the second bag of sugar, east of here is an elite soldier who had a drakeskin helmet for me. Search the rest of this place then leave. HALLS OF CHAOS Now that you have a gray pass let's go find a place to use. If you've been following this walkthrough, you're probably at ~30 level, and are ready to take on one of the big uglies. To get to the Halls of Chaos, you'll first have to find the waterfall warren. Go to the main river, then head east. There's a sign with waterfalls on it. Go west, and you'll see a bunch of sliths. Talk to them, and it seems as though they want something. Go take the eastern route of the rapids, and land on the first western bit of land. Go through the passage, and you'll find a hammer. This is what the sliths want. Giving it to them gets you a pathfinder crystal, which probably isn't all that useful at this point, but still nice to have. Go back up, and from the sliths go down the rapids, bear right, bear right again, go down, bear left, go down, bear right, go down, bear right. This is the Halls of chaos. There are 4 main sections: NE, SE, SW and NW. You'll hit them in that order. First, go search those barrels and crates, then go dump them in the water. You heard me right. Go to the NE then go step on the left rune, and go through the right passage. Go down the secret passage and stairs. You end up in an area with what look to be a bunch of vahnatai crystals. They summon up shades every now and then. Get next to them and bust them to make them stop. Do this on all of them, then go down and open the SE door. Grab the key in the dresser. Go up the stairs. The crates and barrels will have reappeared. Get rid of them again. Go to the NE and step on the right rune, then go in the left passage and down the stairs. You'll have to choose a character for this part. I chose my priest. Send them in, and go through the door. You'll find an odd area with a bunch of slimes, divine fire them into charred slime. Look at the box and you'll get another key. Go back up the stairs, the check the ENE section of this quad. You'll find a secret passage with a golem and some potions. Now go down to the SE quad. Enter the swampy area, and get prepared for a fight. 6 shamblers come, kill them, then go into the room on the right. Three statues want things. One of them you can satisfy right away, dump some food on the square in front of him. The others you'll have to go back to the NE quad and step on the runes, pilot the crates and barrels back on the rugs. Then pull the lever. You'll get 3 secret passwords. Go down the stairs (you'll be checked for a gray pass). Try to go through the door, you'll be accosted by a bunch of mutant lizards and a black shade twice. Go on through and go west, kill the basilisks, then go through a west secret door. Some barriers will be blocking your path. Bring them down, then get prepared for a nasty fight with the DOOMGUARD: These guys are annoying at lower difficulties, and downright deadly at higher ones. Cast beast ceremony, then divine warrior, then go pound them again and again and again. You'll probably have to recast haste and divine warrior a couple more times before you're finished. Finally, once it's dead, go and check the chests. You'll find some herbs, and a cursed ring. Go north and you'll find a secret attached room. In this you'll find an armor ring, some gold and a blessed crossbow, very nice. Leave this place. Go to the SW quad, and open the door. Get prepared for another fight with a bunch of guardians and black shades. Kill them (you'll probably have to cast haste 3 at the end of each turn. Wait with your mage.) and go down the stairs. This part is a bit difficult. There are 4 ways north, labeled 1-4, left to right. Go up 3 and you'll hear a click. This opens up 0, another way north. Go up it, and you'll hear another click which merely expands this area, go a bit north, and you'll get to another area. Hit the easterly clicker (just hit this one- if you hit a second, go back and hit the one again), then go to 4 and go north. Through all of this there are plenty of enemies to distract you. Some giants will be guarding the door, kill them, and enter. You'll use those keys you found to open the other doors. You'll be greeted by a bunch of eyebeasts, kill them and go up the stairs. At each place you'll use a code you got from the SE area, and will get a spidersilk shirt, an energy pulse crystal and the blessed athame (the object of this quest). Finally. Pull a lever, kill the black shades and get out of here. The blessed athame is a great tool. Go back to the serpent cult and open up the book on the second floor to get repel spirit 3. I suggested that you get the athame before going to the ziggurat because there's a nice spell in there that's locked by a seal (severable by the athame), and you don't really want to go back after getting the athame. Now that you have it, go back to the vahnatai lands. DELRIN-BOK'S FORTRESS. Head west, through the spore tunnels. Slugs and mushrooms are common here, so be careful. There are secret passages that lead across the water. Look around, and eventually you'll see a big fort. That's the next stop. This fort is full of undead vahnatai, black shades, guardians, and skeleton warriors in one corner. I'll divide it in 4 parts. NE, NW, SE, and SW. In each area there is a lever. Get them all so that if you drew a map out it would look like this: / \ \ / Generally, it's best to clear the path to each lever, then go rest outside, then go back in and set each lever. If you leave the fortress, the levers switch to random patterns, so don't leave when you're finally ready. All levers have some sort of trap guarding them. NE is guarded by a few undead. NW is guarded by some shades. SE is guarded by a bunch of vahnatai. SW is guarded by a regenerating skeleton warrior trap. Once you have them all arranged according to the above pattern, you'll want to head towards the center. You can pass the 8 runes without problem. Prepare for a big battle, then go through the northern wall. The main object of your violence should be that crystal up top there. It's not too easy to beat him, but use divine warrior and it shouldn't be too much of a hassle. Ignore his summons, as they'll go away once he goes away. Then search the west wall for his treasure. The ring is cursed, but there's an icy chain mail, crystal shield and a bunch of fine crystals. Wee! Continue heading west. You'll come to a large lava field. Go through by finding a secret door and walking across the rubble. Then go around the bend, and you'll get attacked by some vahnatai. Kill them and proceed to Fort Haledon. FORT HALEDON. No one really likes you here. Go through the building to the west, and you'll get attacked by some blades and a shaper. Go through the door and deliver the orders (thus ending that quest- no reward). Now the vahnatai don't hate you so much. You can get a few minor things here now, and can sleep. When you leave you'll be prompted with a question about directing the forces against the ziggurat. Go ahead, if you're ready. Go west through the cave entrance. BARRIER CAVE Not too much here, though south of where you enter there's a few supplies, with a secret crystal charm in a box to the SE. Continue on and you'll pass the barrier, which was also in Avernum 1. When you leave, check the west wall for a secret passage. You'll meet up with the vahnatai forces. Go a bit west, and you'll see the ziggurat. Ooh boy. THE ZIGGURAT You start out in a big fight with the empire. Fortunately the vahnatai are there to help you. Help them out too, and things will go fine. Enter the main ziggurat area. There are 4 ways of entering. I'd suggesting any way but south. First, circle the building. You'll find some herbs and a small room with an energy potion. You'll also be attacked by spawned fungoids, which are creepy looking and annoying with their paralysis attack. Once you enter, you'll find that there are 5 main sections: NE, NW, SE, SW and center. There are a lot of empire troops here, mainly elite soldiers, bladesmen, a dervish or two, empire archers, and those accursed infiltrators. In the NE there's an herb garden and a treasure chest with some gold. In the SE there's a trash pit filled with those fungoids, a slug, and a shambler. That body there has a wand of fire, an energy elixir, and a healing elixir. There's a rakhashi here too. In the SW there's a smithy, not too much good stuff here. In the NW you'll find ghoulbane, a decent undead killer. It's well hidden on the SE part of this quad. There's another secret room here with some treasure too, it's not too hard to find. Go to the center. A bunch of priests, soldiers and fungoids are here. Kill them, and take the knife on the altar. You'll be dumbfounded, hopefully you have some means of unshackling your priest (unshackling crystal maybe? Restoration brew?). Then use the ritual of sanctification for 10xp. There are two staircases here. Go up the SW stairs. You'll get in a fight right away. To the NW is a fungoid room. There's a wand and two potions in that chest. Go east, and you'll run into the archery range. Kill the archers, there are steel bolts here. Continue east, you'll go to the storage halls. In the upper halls you'll find a secret passage that leads to 2 steel greatswords, a steel chain mail, and a steel plate mail (nice). Go east some more and you'll find a room with three mages and a wizard. Kill them and search the bookcases for a few scrolls and empire records. Go through the upper west painting, pass the barriers then go read that book provided you have the blessed athame. It's fireblast 3 (very nice). Go back out and then go up. You'll find a room with a torturing rune. Don't step on it. The room to the north has two special chairs. The left one gives +1 strength and -100xp for the active character, and the right one give +1 dex and -100xp for the active character. These are both worth using, especially at this point in the game, when skills are very expensive to raise. To the west is a secret passage which leads to some mutant giants to the north is the main spy center. There's not too much here, though two of the infiltrators nearby are holding a wand of lightning and of fire. In the complex to the north there's a spot you can rest at safely. It's probably not worth it, as more enemies are summoned, making you lose the benefit of those extra 10 MP. Go south out the exit and back to the archery range, then go back to the entrance. Now go north and kill everyone. Go north again, through the secret door, and kill everyone. Now go east through the secret door, and south. You'll find 2 haakai. These are some of the best things to capture in your soul crystal. There's a fire lizard egg in the cupboard, if you need one. Now go back to the east, and search the east wall to get into a column room. Go north, and kill the two dervishes. This'll get you to Garzahd's room. All right, now head west. Outrun the quickfire, and kill the undead vahnatai. Go north, and grab the crystal soul, then jump out the building. Great, a bunch of soldiers and more quickfire. Use haste and go west. You'll find a dead body, and on that dead body is a suit of blessed plate mail, the best armor in the game. Now go south and get out of here. Summoned monsters will distract the guards. Now you have one of the crystal souls. Finally. Go back to Oglai, and they'll tell you to take it to the shrine, which is west. Across the bridge you can find a suit of blessed studded armor, which is better than steel chain, in one of the old tombs. Go to the crystal shrine. SHRINE OF CRYSTAL SOULS. This is a cool site. Put Caffen-Bok on his place to the east. He'll tell you to speak with Rentar. Aicheal will talk with you about the twisted crystal souls. Eos will tell you of a hidden ring of skill on a stalagmite down south back. Wilvron will teach you move mountains three. Lorta will tell you a few small things. Circle the shrine on the outside. There are three vahnatai around here. There's also a bunch of herbs around. Return here whenever you have a crystal soul, and you'll get another level 3 spell. Q: Retrieve the Mica Tome. When you return to Oglai, you'll be told to speak with Rentar. You'll also get a magery mind crystal. She'll help you fight Garzahd. Go to Egli and find Rentar again. She'll give you the mica tome quest. LAVA DOME: Head back over to that one place with the chitrach shrine. The lava dome is the tower here. Enter it. This is one of the most fun towers in the game. I won't spoil this one for you, but you can get a horn in the NW corner of the tower. Once you finally get to see Korradis(walk on the large * tiles, but not on the small * tiles), kill him, and take the tome. You can't get into that secret room, unfortunately. Head back to Rentar to get your reward: 20xp and the phoenix egg. ELDERAN'S TOWER This tower is located NW of Fort Dranlon. It's a relatively straightforward dungeon, without many great big puzzles. Once entering, you'll see two doors blocked by fire barriers. Go through the doors and search the level as best you can, leaving the altar untouched for now (you'll find some nice small items). Then touch the altar, kill what appears, then touch it again. Go into the door, pull the lever, then kill the 3 monsters which appear. Go up the stairs. Go east first, there's a chest to the north with herbs and scrolls, and another room with a few more minor items. Go down the stairs, to the gaol. Kill the guards, then talk with Bill and Bill. They don't have too much of interest to tell you. There's a gazer in the third cell. Go back up and go west. You'll see a batch of levers which open doors with enemies or stuff behind them. From top to bottom: 1- guardians, 2- golem and black shade, 3- ghouls. Check the south wall for a secret passage to another room and check the north wall to get to another secret passage with a chest filled with crystals and scrolls. Go to the south, and again you'll see levers: 1-bats, 2- a lever, 3- basilisks, 4-mutant giants. Pull the 2nd lever and that'll open the gate to the east. Go up the stairs, and you'll need to open a door. A mung demon is blocking your path. There's a door to your west that you can't open, instead go north then east. The SE door has some supplies and demons, but none of the other doors lead to anything other than enemies. That lever there (NE room) doesn't appear to do anything. Go search for a secret passage in the SW room, proceed and you'll be attacked by mutant giants. Kill them and go up the stairs. More enemies await you upon going up. There's a nasty trap in the NW room with quickfire. There doesn't seem to be anything else in this room. Go to the north room, kill the soldiers, then you'll see Elderan. Concentrate on him as he's quite Arcane Blow happy. Kill the guards, and you can take his stuff: resistance ring, blessed sandals, cloak, robe. Check the northern doors. The NW one doesn't have anything, the north one has some fire lizards and some of their eggs. Pull the lever if you want, I never saw the result. Check the west wall for a secret passage. There are 3 books here. Skip the middle book, it drains you. The others teach you lightning spray 3, and give you info. Check the boxes to get a cursed ring, arrows of light, scrolls, a recall crystal, an elixir, and a wand. Go up the trapped passage and look at the bookcases to get some scrolls. Then go down the center staircase to the bottom. Check the desk and you'll get an ivory key. Leave the tower, and claim your reward from Mairwen (4 rep, 500c, 25xp). SIXUS: This is the most involved quest short of the three major ones. I'll walk through this one the long way. If you don't want to bother with the first dungeon, skip down to number 2. 1. SIXUS' FIRST CAVE Abby gave you a hint on where to go. Hop into your boat from Almaria, then head north. Land on a small ledge to the east, where you see a tower across a pit. Go east, and you may find a patch of healing herbs. There's secret passage to the east on the south wall. This will get you to that tower. Inside is an ice drake and ice puddings. Killing them yields a cursed necklace and some coins. Go west, and you'll get a special message. Search the south wall and you'll find a secret tower. Head south, and you'll bump into a bunch of empire troops. Kill them, and search the area. It seems as though they've been having a bit of trouble with traps. To the NE is a room in which there's an imp trap. That's the only one that might surprise you. Head south, and you'll have to fight a bunch of living statues. Kill them, then check the east wall for secret passages. Follow it through to the south, then go east. Make your way to the NE, then pull the lever. Kill everything that appears, then go west. Go through the open gate, and make your way to a statue. Talk with it, and it'll tell you where to find a map. Go grab the map and leave. 2. SIXUS' SECOND CAVE Go north by boat from Almaria. You'll find a small area of land where you can disembark and move around. Go north, and you'll see a few shamblers shambling about. Go up to the tower and enter. Drop all your food at the entrance. Trust me. Then go down and pull the levers: //\//\ Then go up and kill the giants, and go up through the secret passage. Look around and kill anything that moves. Get to the north, then go west as far as you can. Go through the secret passage, past the statues (which would have eaten your food if you still had some), and kill the drakes. Then use move mountains on the wall, and go north then east. Look in the nest for a rod of arcana. Go west (destoy the stalagmites with move mountains), and kill the ice hydras and the ur- basilisk (capture it in your soul crystal if you want it). Then go to the south and use move mountains again, destroying the wall. Enter the room, and tell Sixus that Bevan sent you. He'll thank you and tell you to grab a treasure hidden on the south side of his wall. It's a robe of the magi, very nice if your mage isn't a natural mage. Go south, and read the books on the bookcases, then use move mountains on the east wall to get beast ceremony 3. That's it for here, go back to Almaria to claim your reward: 75 xp(!), 4 rep, 600c. Don't forget to pick up your food. FORT DOLTHAR Head up to Fort Emerald and go north. Go east, and travel by boat out to the big island with all the troops. To the south of here is an arena full of nagas to be killed. Search the arena afterwards for a crystal shield. A similar arena is north of Fort Dolthar, this time the enemies are ice drakes and the reward is a ring of health. To the NE of the Fort is the evidence Assotho wants. The best way to enter is by the dock south. Search for secret doors and you'll end up near an evil altar. Kill the priests and use the ritual on the altar for 5xp. There's not too much of use on this level (though an evil priest to the north has a steel chain mail), but there are a lot of troops and their nice expensive armor. It'd be worth it to kill em all for the xp, but the cash also makes it attractive. There's an easy 15000c in armor in this fort. When you're done on this floor, go up the stairs to the next floor. West is an enemy training area, east are some mages, and there are empire records on those bookshelves. Once you go to the north door, the gate you came out of closes. Go north, and then head east, kill the soldiers, and note that there's a way down near here. Go north, and you'll see that you're near a vahnatai area. Indeed, when you open the door, you'll have to fight a bunch of keepers, warriors, and their demon pets. To the SE in this room is a small secret which has a box with some graymold. Go north, don't step on those rugs, and search for secret doors. Then go a bit west and search for southern secret doors. You'll end up in a room with two vahnatai cabinets. Look through them and you'll find a second batch of evidence. Now go west, killing troops till you get to a room with two runes blocking your way. You'll need to pull to levers which are hidden in the east and north walls. Pull them then go up. Prepare for a battle. Once you open the door, you'll have to fight Limoncelli and his cronies. Limoncellli is a nice addition to a soul crystal. Once killed (just smack him around) loot his body: drakeskin armor, steel halberd, freedom charm. Search for northern secret passages and you'll find a room with bolts of life, emeralds, and rubies (and quickfire). Search north of here and you'll find the most excellent boots of speed. Leave this place and claim your reward from Fort Emerald (talk with the guy to the north, on the stairs): 4 rep, 40xp, dispel barrier 2. You can take the evidence to the vahnatai council, and they'll work on getting you into Pyrog's cave (which starts the sneak into Pyrog's cave quest). BLACK CUBE This little dungeon is north of Fort Dolthar, the lone building on an island. Get in through the NW. Wander around the halls a bit, grab all the stuff in the crates. Some golems will appear and attack you. When you've made it all the way around, you can flip the lever. This summons a batch of undead up to fight with you. Go east and search the south wall. You'll find some troops waiting in there. Kill them, then go south. Get close to the crystal and some efreet attack. Kill them and examine the crystal, then smash it (20xp). Leave, fighting some more golems on your way out. This is the other way of obtaining the skulls password. DARK TUNNEL This is a spooky dungeon west of the black cube. Enter it, and go west. Get to the SW room and fight some ice slimes. Kill them, then go north. In the NW there's an efreet, kill it and take its stuff. In the NE there's a bunch of undead. Kill them too. In the SE there's another efreet guarding some jewelry, and a cursed necklace. Then go to the center. Prepare for a battle before stepping on that rune, then do so. You'll fight a bunch of skeleton warriors, a golem, a spectre and a lich. Repel spirit works wonders here. Once dead, search the lich's body for a dragonskin cloak and intelligence bracelet. Go west, then north. There's some crystals here, and a wand in the dresser. Read the upper rune to get Divine fire 3. Read the lower rune to get in a fight with a bunch of demons. While you leave, be sure to cut all the corners. Quickfire pours out of the dungeon, and you could quickly get burned if you don't economize your steps. That's it for here. PYROG'S CAVE Time for the next major dungeon. This one is pretty fun. From Harston go NE, take a boat around that big dungeon you see, and go through the secret passage around back (you need to have given the evidence to the vahnatai to do this). Enter and slay all the giants, then go west out the door. Those two doors N have araneas and crates in them, nothing great. Go south to the courtyard. West is a drake, some fire lizards and a graveyard, and east are some mutant giants. South are the barracks. Go south and kill everyone. Then go east and kill everyone. I believe the priest has a mithral chain mail on his corpse. Not bad. Go east, and go take a look at the dragon stuff. You'll get a drakeskin armor and dragonskin cloak. There isn't too much to the south, just a bunch of troops, hydras and a golem or two. You can also leave if you make it to the wheel. From the main barracks go west. Go north and west, search for secret passages, then go and grab the wands and empire records. Go back down and continue west. Many of the living quarters here have a lot of nice items. Continue west, and you'll fight 2 rakhashi. North there's a third, as well as 3 energy potions. Now head back up to the NE. Enter the main building, kill the soldiers, then go up and kill some mages. There are empire records on the shelves. Go north, and go into the NW room. Search for secret doors south and you'll find a tablet that you can read if you have enough vahnatai lore. It's summon shade 3. Go west, and enter the rooms. You can either kill or free the giants, same difference. Go into a west door and you'll find a tablet which, when read, gives you a password for the north door. Go through it, then you'll be checked for a gray pass, go and take the phoenix egg (#2). Go up and kill the wizard, then go west. Prepare for another battle with... A doomguard. Dang. The same tactics as before work well, though if you want to be cheap, summon up some ur-basilisks and have them gaze it before hitting it. The basilisk may eventually stone it, though it may take a few turns. Go south and save Jekknol (10xp). Leave. While you're here you may want to go grab the bloodthirst spear, the most powerful weapon in the game. From Pyrog's cave, go west, past all the guard towers (get out and kill them). Eventually you'll get in a big fight with some spell casters. Continue west, then land on a northern swamp. Proceed through this territory, fighting the lizards and drakes as you go, eventually getting to the tower on the end. Get the spear, and fight the avatars. Go and get it uncursed at a healer, and you have the most powerful weapon in the game, one worth ditching a shield for. Return to the vahnatai lands, and place Jekknol in the crystal shrine (50xp). Talk to Wilvron to get Simulacrum 3. Then go back to the vahnatai and they'll be upset that Jekknol's gone mad. You'll get an immunity ring for this, one of two in the game. Go back and go to the castle. Talk with King Micah to get permission to use demonslayer, then talk with Rone (you can not get demonslayer if you've already killed Garzahd). Go to Patrick's tower and push the plants in the NW quad then the statue. PATRICK'S BASEMENT. First, go west and get summon aid 3. Then select either a powerful warrior who's loaded with potions and can use swords with a lot skill or a priest with some restoration brews/ unshackling crystals to go through the portal. Go around, and prepare for battle. Grab the blade, and a bunch of demons are summoned. Blast or slash them as best you can, then try to leave. A mung demon and Haakai await you. Demonslayer is your best bet against Garzahd, after arrows of light and bolts of life. Go there with having neither of those nor having repel spirit 3 WILL get you killed, if you're not a cheater. Giant territory. East of Harston and the graymold cave and north of Elderan's tower is the giant territory. Giants have a lot of gold, so it's worth your effort in killing them. You get to say one of the best lines in the game when you run into a batch of them. You can also pick up a blessed small shield from one of the shelled out buildings that they attacked. There are 4 dungeons here, most are pretty straightforward. GIANT CAVE This is the level with the stalagmites that fall and trap you. It's pretty straightforward, go around and kill all the tall fiends. There's a secret passage up to the west, but I just take the long route. One of the giants on the lower floor had a ring of skill. When you make it to the altar, kill everyone, then search the walls, you'll find a giant statue (1 of 3), raise dead 3, and a room full of metal bars. Pick up the shield, it's a blessed large shield. MOLDY CAVERN This is not really a giant cave, but there are giants in here. The main object is to free this cave of giants, thus liberating the alchemical patch to the west. GIANT TOWN Enter through the west, and kill everyone. Not too hard, be sure to grab statue 2 of 3, and I think there's an armor ring somewhere in here. GIANT FORT The largest giant dungeon, still pretty straightforward. In the smithy there's a vampire, in the SW there's a demon (and statue 3 of 3). East of the demon, there's an evil altar. Use the ritual for 5xp. East of there, there's another altar that's well guarded. Grab the crystal after killing everyone, then use the ritual (5xp). The crystal gives the inner might ability. Go east and kill the chief and the shaman. To the east is his trophy room, and east of there is a room with a guardian in it. North is a room with some treasure chests containing gold, north is a secret passage leading to the gremlin women. North of this area are some creature pens, in the slug pen you'll find a graymold salve hidden to the south. Go to Fort Dranlon and cash in those statues (4 rep, 20xp, blessed helm- the best). Also go and talk with the gremlins to complete their quest (20xp) and get access to their herbs. ERIKA'S TOWER At some point, you have to go here. Might as well go now, since you've got 2 of the 3 crystals. You should have the portal code from the pillar west of Solberg's tower. Use it, and upon entering you'll be attacked. Circling the perimeter of the tower yields several fights with wizards, elite soldiers, and empire archers. There's a mandrake garden to the west and a toadstool garden east. To the SW there's some crates with blessed ammunition in them. Enter the tower, and go pass all the vacant troops. Go north and pull the lever, go pull the lever, then stay of the brown path when it passes the pillars. Go south, killing the golems and gazers (you can just follow the brown path if you want). In the room with 9 pillars, go south then west to the secret room, pull the lever, then go north. Kill the demons, stay off the runes, then dispel or walk through the barriers. Next is a puzzle area: Here's a way to get through it, provided you have 3 or more members in your party. You can switch places with other members without hassle. 1 _ _ _ 2 6 5 3 4 Next is the chamber of options: Luck is best, if you have enough. If not, try boulder. If not that, then maybe you have enough tool use to go through the door. If not, then you've got to get into a nasty fight. Go east and fight some invisible enemies, then north, killing the shamblers. Finally you've made it through! Talk with Erika, she'll teach you magery (at the highest price), tell you to talk with Athron, and tell you to talk with Thompson. Check the south room to get unlock doors 3 (use it in Oglai- pants of power and the undead crypt near Formello- shadow leather). Also be sure to talk with her to receive your boon, then leave (there's some interesting stuff out there, which you may want to investigate). OUTSIDE ERIKA'S TOWER You need the orb in order to do much of anything. Fly across the water, then go hunting, killing the empire troops as they come. You may run into a batch of tough guards who have steel bolts and chain, a nice bit of cash. To the SE there is a lava rich area. Go a bit south and you'll enter an area with an efreet. Talk with him, and he'll offer to show you his goods for 5000c. Yowch. It's not really worth it at this point. If you have the cash, save, spend and see what he has to offer. It's nice (lots of blessed items, and a flaming long sword). Then reload, if you don't want anything. A bit to the west of this dungeon is a secret passage which leads around and around to a batch of efreeti. Kill them (a tough fight), and you can go and hit a small patch of land- you get the EasTer Egg code. Return to the tower, and use it (the blank spot) for some humor. Crystal hunting: You have two options: the long way (and story-specific way), or the short way (following the faq way). Skip to 4 for the short way. 1. ATHRON'S CAVE. Enter here, then go up to the pentagram and speak with Athron. Then go east at the bloodstain and go through the portal. Go through the portal again (only if you've talked with Erika), then go fight the flame hydras. Before going into the portal check the west path for secret doors, kill the statues, then go down the first south cullway and get create illusions 3. Go through the portal, then go do what you did earlier. Another puzzle rune area. Here's the sequence: 1234123121, left to right. Repeat the portal, then go and get prepared for a fight in the altar room. Go through the NW wall and through the same portals as always. Finally she'll speak with you. It turns out she just had a brood, and that's why she's in such a foul mood. Talk with her and she'll tell you the name Angierach. She'll also tell you a bit more about the other going-ons nearby. From Lynsis: In Athron's lair there's another Ghoulbane. However it's down near her eggs, and walking down there makes you lose 3 reputation and have the town hate you. You get attacked by Athron, a couple of fetid zombies, and quite a few guardians. As well as Ghoulbane you can grab some rubies, emeralds, and historical scrolls, but don't touch her eggs or you die! If you kill Athron you get the message: "Athron finally falls. You repay her hospitality with fatal treachery. Another enemy of the empire has been eliminated." 2. Back to Erika. Ask her again, and she'll say that Enla and Ostoth know stuff that you need to know. 3. Motrax's cave. Go talk with them, Ostoth tells you to grab the key in his room, you'll find the info you need about the barriers here too. Check the bookshelves for some knowledge too. 4. Tower of the magi. Check the room west of Madhavi's, get the code, and it's time for Angierach! ANGIERACH One of the nastiest dungeons in the game. Bring a lot of energy potions. Once teleported here, pull the lever and go across the bridge. You'll soon be caught and dumped into the arena. 5 creature types are generated here, and it may not be worth fighting them all. The only worthwhile looting here is a body to the SW holding 1 arrow of light. The monsters appear after a certain time: Hydras, Eyebeasts, Undead, Mutant giants, and finally golems. Go to the portal and you'll get trapped. If you have unlock doors 3 you can easily get out, otherwise search for a passage to talk with Quinby, then go through the weakened wall and bust out, killing the golems. There are 10 sections to this dungeon.1-5 on the north, 6-0 to the south: 1245 3 ==== 9 6780 You're in 6 right now. The main hall separates the two sides. There are 12 masters of this dungeon, kill them all to be happy. In area 1 you'll find two efreet (masters), kill them, then go west and north to find a body holding a wand of carrunos, and a ring of immunity(!). To the east you'll find a portal to a small dungeon containing some lizards, a demon, and a spectre all behind barriers. There are some potions of energy and potion ingredients here. 4 is where the nagas live. The three nagas (masters) are guarded by serpents and drakes. They often carry amulets. Their nests hold wands and potions. Heading south to 3 gets you in a fight with 3 humans (masters): a wizard, an evil high priest, and a dervish. They don't have too much good stuff, outside of normal wizards, priests and dervishes. Head south to 8 to fight some Rakhashi (3, all masters) and their demon pets. Search their southern quarters for a secret room containing bolts of life and potion ingredients. There's also a tunnel here that'll let you take the key to get out of here without getting in a big fight, or a tunnel by which you can ambush Midori. 9 is a library with a few scrolls. 5 is an undead area with vampires and vengeful shades who have potions and ingredients, not too bad. Go to 0 when you're finally ready to take on the evil lich. First you'll have to fight some spectres and spirits, then go south, and fight Midori (those golems can't get past the runes). Use those bolts of life to make this battle end quick. She has a robe of the magi on her. Now go to 7 and use the phoenix egg to bring down the barriers, and grab the crystal (Vynas-Bok). That's it for here. Leave using your key, then go south, and make it back to Fort remote. Return the crystal to the shrine to get 50xp and capture soul 3. Go back to Oglai and they'll be quite happy. You've just completed one of the major quests of the game! Go claim your reward: boots of speed, divine warrior 3, and arcane summon 3 (the spells are located in the room next door to the treasure room). While you're here go pick up the pants of power from the room west of the council chamber. They're the best pants you can get. TIGER'S DEN This is West of Patrick's tower, and is one of the places you're told you can find arrows of light at. Enter through the east, crossing the lava, then go north, kill the rakhashi, then south, and repeat. Go to the bridge and take a step. Another piece of bridge will form. Continue on south. More Rakhashi to fight. They occasionally have blessed robes, sandles, and mage bracelets on them so search 'em well. Go west and you'll find an area with a door that disappears. Go through the hydra lair to the east to find a secret way in. Don't cross those runes, find a secret way in to the east. Enter the room, and kill all the rakhashi and their pets. Use the ritual on the altar to get 15xp. Check the west wall for 4 arrows of light, bolts of life, and a potion of invulnerability. Kind of anti-climactic, I know. FORT KOTHTAR This place is strange. There are a lot of goodies here, including the orb of Thralni, a very important artifact. The first floor is bereft of goodies unfortunately. This level is pretty straightforward, but points of interest include the SW where there's a bunch of giants, the west, where you can find some blessed javelins, the SSE room in the SE area has a priest with steel chain, a room near this has acid bolts, and there's a secret leading to an energy elixir in an eastern room, the east has an altar which summons up a haakai (no ritual this time). There are 4 stairs, two of which are bad- the SW, and the south ones. Go down the south central ones then go west to talk with Stewart (free him for 1 rep, 10xp, or have him join you- he's an excellent fighter). Points of interest: The hall of transformations is full of mages and giants. Kill the giants on the platforms, that'll make your life a bit easier. Go south to find a secret passage that leads to a down staircase, go down it, walkthrough the quickfire to get a blessed greatsword. The slime caves has some lizards and shamblers, and a secret to the west which leads to some potions. North of here are some demons and potion ingredients. In the room with the plus, the center door leads to a chamber with efreeti and a blessed steel helm. Going east of here will get you to a place with some stalagmites and boulders. Break the first two pair, then just walk across the path for the 3rd. Then go down, and east. Go north, west(blades), north, north (golems), N(blades), N(sluggish), Wait, then go E(naga), then south. You can claim the orb. Leave and go west. Heal yourself and jump off the cliff. Kill the undead vahnatai, then head south. Before entering the portal, check the west side. You'll find a blessed plate mail (Sweet!). GO back up to floor 2, then go north at the cross. Work your way through and kill the basilisks, then claim the items north: smite, and the Kothtar plans (ignore the cursed ring). Return the plans to Dharmon for 4 rep, 30xp and 1000c. Go west at the cross, then go down the stairs and enter the halls of the damned. There's a gymnastics crystal here, as well as some blessed bolts. That's it for here. LAIR OF SULFRAS This is the level to get armor. Enter, and kill all the guards. There's not too much special here right now, other than an evil priest with steel chain, a secret room off the room with the drakes, a zombie with a ring of skill to the SW, a bunch of ore, and the key in the SE building. Use this key to free Sulfras, though first get her to agree to give you the onyx scepter. Get out of there. Then reenter, and plunder the bodies, there's a lot of steel chain, a mithral chain, blessed studded, and some drakeskin gloves. Get the scepter from Sulfras, then go take the crystal hidden to the west (blademaster). That crystal sitting next to her is an energy pulse crystal, not worth getting in a fight over, especially since she's surrounded by a bunch of nearly invulnerable black shades. ORB SPOTS: Time to build up some frequent flier miles. East of Sulfras's cave is a secret area that featured big in Avernum 1. Get to the narrow bridge then fly west, and go through the secret passage. You'll get the jade halberd, well worth it. Use the orb near Shawnee's store, and you can get a blessed pike after fighting a bunch of null bugs. Use it near Waldby's store to get a warrior's bracelet after fighting a bunch of snakes and nagas. Use it to get to the island near Patrick's tower to get into a fight which, once won, gives you +1 to parry (which is why it's important to have everyone at 5). There's a lot in the vahnatai lands: east of Manusco you can get a crystal shield, that dead body in the spore tunnels has an obsidian spear (just a blessed spear), south of here is a small area you can fly to to enter a cave and grab some mandrake. Near Motrax's cave you can fly to the isolated hut and buy a rare recipe and get started on the Thompson quest, if you haven't already (be sure to talk with the cats!). There's a place near Harston filled with demons which gives a blessed bow after the fight. EMPIRE ARCHIVES North of Harston around in the water are the empire archives. Having the ivory key from Elderan's tower makes this one a bit easier. Enter through the east, and grab the boat (you don't really need it) and get over to the west. Enter and kill the golems. You'll need to make it to the SE and NE to get some info, and there's a guy in the NW who'll talk with you a bit. Most of the interesting stuff is on the second floor. First head south and take the stairs. You'll end up in a room with a demon and some vengeful shades. Here you get a secret code. Go back up and take the south leap of faith. Go to the libraries to collect some empire records, then make your way east. There is a spellbook with control foes 3 here, but it's difficult to get. You can get it if you have 3 of your characters outside (including your leader), and switch places to get in, or use the cheat strategy at the end of this faq. North of here is a pool. Save the game before going down to the water, as if you're lucky you'll get a point of strength for everyone. Keep trying till you do, then go in the altar room (the altar isn't evil). Go north, then go west, into the library, then go north. A secret door will be revealed. Go up the stairs and get the portal location. Go back down then head west. You'll enter the holding cells area. A skeleton warrior here has a wand of fire, and there are guards here. Kill everything, then check the western room to get a energy pulse crystal, and some amber. Doing so releases quickfire, which can be stopped with an eastern lever. Go south from here, and kill the wizard, demons and skeleton warriors. In a secret room to the south is Mass cure 3 (you may need to pull the lever first though). South are two prisoners, Aydin and Josie. Free them for 5xp each. That's about it for here. You can go back to Mahdavi and tell her you've succeeded to end this quest, and to get the "destroy the empire portal" quest (no reward), but you don't need to. Head west of the empire archives (don't bother trying to reach khoth- you can't). Near the spawned fungoids is a secret passage. You may get into a fight if your rep is low here, otherwise, you enter the first cave. CAVE 1 Not too hard, you use the code you got in the empire archives to open a wall, then you have to fight a bunch of empire troops. CAVE 2 Ooh, fun. Try to go through the NW wall and you'll have to fight 2 (!) doomguards. Then go SE, SW, and NE to open the door. CAVE 3 Ooooh, fun. First go east through the secret passage and use move mountains, and hit the rune. Then go east, and get teleported to the beginning, and head east again. Go west and you'll be teleported to a new area, go east and hit the second rune. Then you'll have to make your way through the main area. SSSEE S to the bottom, then WW and S is a feasible path, not too much pain. You then have to use the orb, and will have to fight a nasty guardpost. Finally you make it to the: EMPIRE PORTAL FORTRESS Make sure you have the onyx scepter and the barrier tower ritual before attempting this dungeon! Enter through the west. This is a dangerous level, there are a lot of wizards. In the SW, there's a book that contains some codes you'll soon need. To the SE is a key you need. To the NE you'll need to crack the crystal, then head to the NW, and enter the small building. Go through the door and you'll get in a nasty fight, then use the codes you got (when it stays lit, you've done it right). Then leave, and quickly go NE, and heal the portal, then get the hell out of there. Congratulations, you've just finished quest #2! GO back to Madhavi and claim your reward (arcane shield 3 and divine restoration 3). TO KILL GARZAHD This is the final major quest. To get this started, first find out where Thompson was at one time (one of the mages in the isolated hut near Motrax's cave or Erika will give you hints). Go to Blosk and talk with Bartholomew. He'll tell you to check a dresser to get some hints. Go to Fort Remote, and talk with Fraitus, then go SE and push the painting. Go down. THOMPSON'S LAIR You finally use that key you found in the undead ruins. Go up to the tile maze, and only step on the * tiles. First step on the trash, then go up and out. You'll find a garden room, there is no way to avoid the fight and bad effects. The rune to the SW opens a passage to get back easier. Talk with Thompson. He'll give you a portal code, and will teach you the last 5 spells. Grab all of your arrows of light (as many as 23), and beef yourself up some. Then go back to the tower, and use the code. ROCKY CAVERN Not much here. A few crates have some supplies, and a hidden crate has some decent potions to the NE. The portal sends you to the spiral crypt, not back to the tower, so you're best off going to kill Garzahd. Leave, and go to the castle. Rentar will help you, provided you've helped the vahnatai. GARZAHD'S FORTRESS The End is near! A brief map: 7 8 G H 5 6 E F 3 4 C D 1 2 A B Use the blessed athame to get passed the runes. You start at 1, and there's a bunch of demons here (which is pretty much how it always is here), 2 has some Rakhashi, 3 some mung demons (you also get trapped in here), 5 some slugs (and a portal to 1), 6 some more demons, 7 a ur- basilisk and a bunch of steel items, and 8 a lich with some scrolls and a bunch of empire records. 4 has six rooms, west are enemies, SE are potion ingredients, E is quickfire and an empty room, and NE is a portal to E. E has a bunch of chambers with nothing good in them, and which leads to G. G has a naga with a dragonskin cloak (the last one), and a lever (pull it) and a portal to 3. Take the portal, and enter the room to go to B. If you can, break down the rock and read the book. All the demons die, allowing for smooth passage to A. A has a teleporter which leads to D, again there's a book, this time behind a locked door (unlock 3 needed), which'll kill all the demons. Go to C and there are two portals: the NW leads to 1, and the SW leads to F. Prepare yourself before taking the SW portal. Then go to F, and kill the demons, and make your way to H. Garzahd! GARZAHD: This guy is tough if you don't have any demonslaying items. Concentrate only on Garzahd and that haakai, ignore the others. If you want, you can summon up a haakai, it may seize control of the enemy, helping you out significantly. Use as many arrows of light, demonslayer, bolts of life, and repel spirit 3 as you can on Garzahd. Arrows and bolts do the most damage (50!). He has over 1000HP, so it'll take a while. Be sure to cast divine warrior. The reason I say not to kill off the dervishes, golems and giants, is that once he's pretty weakened, he starts casting arcane shield a lot. If you have other enemies left, he casts it on them some of the time, making it much easier. Eventually he will die. Once he does, you get the third ending, (and possibly the last), and Rentar makes a portal for you. Search Garzahd's body for a blessed longsword, and a radiant robe. Nearby is a blessed halberd. Take the portal and you'll end up in the castle. Tell Micah you've won, and you'll get the last two spells (arcane blow 3, divine host 3). Tada! ------------------END OF WALKTHROUGH---------------------- (4) EQUIPMENT RATINGS Each armor has a set of protection numbers: A-B+X. The minumum damage blocked is A+X, the max is B+X. The average is therefore (A+B)/2 + X. Objects with a large A-B range aren't always as good as ones with smaller ranges, but a bigger X. So in comparing blessed studded armor (1-8+4) and steel chain mail (1-12+2) we see that the average damages blocked are equal (8.5). Similar calculations were done for weapons, although magical weapons are a bit more subjective with their extra damage to specific creatures. Some calculations with Jewelry were attempted by attacking a given enemy using various warrior rings, bracelets, and charms, although further calculations are necessary in order to determine exact bonuses. ARMOR RATINGS. These are based firstly on damage protection, secondly on melee interference and weight. Other special effects were ignored for armor calculations. BLOCKING NAME 1.5 Shirt 2 Robe 2.5 Poor leather armor 3 Spidersilk shirt 3.5 Poor studded armor 3.5 Leather armor 3.5 Robe of the Magi 4.5 Poor chain mail 4.5 Iron studded armor 4.5 Fine leather armor 4.5 Blessed robe 5.5 Drakeskin/magical/rogue leather armor 6.5 Bronze plate mail 6.5 Iron chain mail 6.5 Steel studded armor 8.5 Iron plate mail 8.5 Steel chain mail 8.5 Blessed studded armor 10.5 Steel plate mail 10.5 Mithral / Icy chain mail 13.5 Blessed plate mail WEAPON RANKINGS: These are based on damage, and on number of hands required (fewer is better). The following assumptions are made: Icy and Flaming long swords do an average of 10 damage extra, but 30% of enemies are immune. The Assassin's knife, Shielding spike, Jade halberd, Serendipity knife, Demonslayer, Ghoulbane, Giantslayer and Alien blade are all slightly more desirable due to their extra effects (denoted by *). DAMAGE NAME 4.5 Stick 5 Kitchen knife 5.5 Hammer 6 Stone dagger 6.5 Staff 7 Iron dagger 8 Stone short sword 9 Steel dagger = Iron short sword 10 Stone long sword = Stone spear = Ceremonial dagger 11 Iron long sword = Blessed dagger = Steel short sword = Iron spear = Slith spear 11* Assassin's knife = Shielding spike 12 Stone great sword 12* Serendipity knife 13 Stone pike 13 Steel long sword = Blessed short sword = Steel spear = Waveblade 14 Iron great sword = Iron pike 15 Steel great sword = Stone halberd 15 Blessed long sword = Diamond dagger = Blessed (obsidian) spear = Fine waveblade 16 Steel Pike 16* Ghoulbane 17 Blessed great sword = Iron halberd 17 Fine slith spear 18 Steel halberd = Blessed pike 18* Giantslayer 18* Demonslayer 19* Alien blade 20 Blessed halberd 20* Flaming long sword = Icy long sword 20* Jade halberd 23* Bloodthirst spear JEWELRY ANALYSIS: The shielding ring blocks ~1-3 points of damage. The armor ring blocks ~3-6 points of damage. The fletcher's ring adds 10% to your to hit, and may increase damage. The archer's ring adds 10% and may increase damage by a larger margin. The skill ring appears to add 8% to your to hit. The warrior's ring adds 16% to your to hit and increases damage by 1 or so. The ring of resistance increases your resistance. The immunity ring does the same, but to a greater extent. The ring of health restores 3 HP every 25 rounds. The ring of great health restores 5 HP every 15 rounds. The bracelets of dexterity, intellect, luck and strength all give a +2 to their respective stats. This does not show up on the character info page, but it's true. The Mage bracelet increases you mage spell bonus, the same is respectively true of the priest bracelet. The warrior's bracelet may increase damage or assassination, but no increase in accuracy was observed. The basic charm blocks against acid, chill against fire, crystal against petrification, freedom against paralzation and sleep magic, health against poison, and warmth against cold. Shielding raises your resistances, knowledge increases the bonus you get from arcane lore (so you have better rune reading and item lore), and war may increases you damage or assassination. Of the rings, the ring of great health is my favorite. Immunity and warrior's rings are next. Generally, the second level of each ring is far superior to any first, and should probably be equipped (the exception is the archer ring- you may not have any archers). Of the bracelets, I like mage and priest best. I'd recommend warrior's, but I did not see a benefit for equipping it. Of necklaces, you can ignore basic, health, and warmth charms, (there aren't enough acidic monsters, nor ice-breathers, and safe travel voids the need for the health charm). Crystal charms are occasionally useful, but not excessively so, and knowledge charms are helpful, but not necessary. Freedom charms are quite nice, especially when fighting undead and fungoids. War charms were not seen to do anything. Chill charms are quite nice if your resistance is low. MISCELLANEOUS ARMOR BLOCKING NAME Poor leather helm Thinking cap Bronze helm Leather helm Iron helm Fine leather helm Steel helm Drakeskin helm Blessed steel helm Wooden buckler Iron buckler Wooden large shield Wooden small shield Steel buckler Iron small shield Blessed buckler Iron large shield Steel small shield Steel large shield Blessed/Crystal small shield Blessed large shield 1 Cloak 1.5 Archer's cloak 2.5 Vahnatai/dragonskin cloak 3 Blessed cloak OTHER MISCELLANEOUS WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE STAT ENHANCERS: Items like dexterity bracelets, strength bracelets, the Serendipity knife, the thinking cap, and the nimble boots all give a phantom +2 to their respective stats- that is, the stats don't show an increase except for internal calculations. For instance, the Intelligence bracelet gives you +2 to intelligence calculations (adds to the bonus), but does not give you the extra spell points. The Gauntlets of might add 4 to damage, and 16%(?) to hit. (5) INDEX This is a simple index that may be of use for quick reference. Search for the areas listed below to determine the exact means of obtaining a given object. PORTAL CODES: Ent Bel Tor: Formello Ell Pit Esk: Barrier Tower Owa Tai Fol: Angierach. Zed Pel Nog: Silvar Ain Wyf Exx: Castle Kav Ait Bon: Erika's tower. Vag Obb Tor: Garzahd's fortress Eas Ter Egg (Blank): Secret area. THIRD LEVEL SPELL LOCATIONS: Mage: Bolt of Fire- Aranea cave Light- Fire lizard caves Call Beast- Coven cave Bind Foe- Patrick's tower, Julz's borgia toadstool quest Haste- Patrick's tower, Julz's graymold salve quest. Slow- Patrick's tower, deciphering lens required Ice Lances- Solberg's tower Unlock- Erika's tower, blessed athame required Create Illusions- Athron's cave Farsight- Formello, deciphering lens needed Lightning Spray- Elderan's tower Capture Soul- Crystal shrine, retrieve Vynas-Bok Simulacrum- Crystal shrine, retrieve Jekknol-Bok Dispel Barrier- Barrier tower Summon Aid- Patrick's tower basement. Beast Ceremony- Sixus' second tower Fireblast- the Ziggurat, blessed athame required Arcane Summon- Oglai, retrieve 3 crystal souls Arcane Shield- TotM, destroy empire portal Arcane Blow- Castle, kill Garzahd Priest: Healing- Almaria Curing- TotM quest, get fire lizard egg Battle Rage- TotM quest, destroy serpent cult Shielding- TotM quest, get black drake fang Repel Spirit- Serpent cult cave, blessed athame required Smite- Cotra Summon Shade- Pyrog's cave, vahnatai lore needed Safe Travel- Motrax's cave Unshackle Mind- Dharmon Move Mountains- Crystal shrine, return Caffen-Bok Mass Healing- Motrax's cave Mass Cure- Empire Archives Sanctuary- Gnass, slith charm quest. Divine Fire- Dark Tunnel, vahnatai lore needed Control Foes- Empire Archives Cloud of Blades- Area east of Formello, vahnatai lore needed. Return Life- Giant Cave Divine Warrior- Oglai, retrieve 3 crystal souls Divine Restoration- TotM, destroy empire portal Divine Host- Castle, kill Garzahd UNIQUE/RARE ITEMS INDEX Assassin's knife- Totem halls, Abyss refuge Serendipity knife- Ornotha Ziggurat Shielding spike- Undead fort near Formello Flaming long sword- Spiral crypt, efreet smith near Erika Icy long sword- Scimitar "destroy empire caches" quest Ghoulbane- Ornotha Ziggurat Giantslayer- Fort Kothtar Alien blade- SW of Almaria Demonslayer- Patrick's tower Jade halberd- E of Sulfras' lair Bloodthirst spear- W of the empire archives Mithral chain mail- Pyrog's cave, Sulfras' cave (II) Icy chain mail- Tomb of Delrin-Bok Blessed plate mail- Fort Kothtar, Ornotha Ziggurat Rogue leather armor- Nephil fort Shadow leather armor- Undead fort near Formello Robe of the magi- Angierach, Sixus' tower II Spidersilk shirt- Gremlins in honeycomb, Halls of chaos Radiant robe- Secret sliths, Garzahd's fortress Thinking cap- Strange cave Blessed steel helm- Fort Kothtar, reward from Giant statues quest Warrior's ring- Serpent cult, Cotra, Slith island S of Fort Dranlon Immunity ring- Angierach, reward for return of Jekknol-Bok Ring of great health- Motrax's cave Archer's ring- Dahris-Bok's tomb, battle empire N of Dharmon Armor ring- Cotra, Dharmon, Vahnatai fortress, Halls of chaos, Giant town Archer's cloak- Madhouse Brigands Dragonskin cloak- Serpent cult, Dark tunnel, Pyrog's cave, Garzahd's fortress. Boots of speed- Fort Dolthar, reward for return of Vynas-Bok Nimble Boots- W of Cotra Pants of Power- Oglai MIND CRYSTAL LOCATIONS Ability: Summon beast- Nephil fort Inner might- Giant castle Lay on hands- Verdant valley Defensive glow- Vahnatai fortress Natural curing- Kill Gaddika Call spirit- Dahris-Bok's tomb Skill: Magery- Reward for return of Caffen-Bok Resistance- Secret sliths Blademaster- Sulfras' lair Anatomy- S of Fort Draco Pathfinder- Waterfall warren Gymnastics- Fort Kothtar RANDOM ITEM SELLERS: Merchants near Formello Merchants W of Almaria Brantford, tower of the Magi Shaynee Waldby COMMON QUESTIONS: If you just want to find something fast, check here. Then search this faq for the areas listed. I'm having trouble opening a book. What's up? One of several possibilities: you don't have enough rune reading skill, you don't have enough vahnatai lore, you don't have the deciphering lens, or you don't have the blessed athame. Where are the passes? Red- GIFTS cave, area east of Motrax's cave, Almaria (on the Blosk spy quest). Blue- Secret Empire Fort, Unfinished Empire Fort. Gray- Totem halls. Where do I get the deciphering lens or the blessed athame? Patrick will give you the deciphering lens. Go to his tower. The blessed athame is found in the Halls of chaos. I'm having problems in the empire portal fort. Help? Make sure you have the ritual from the barrier tower, and the onyx scepter. Then get or do the things needed in the three sections (SW, SE, NE). How do I get into Pyrog's cave? Present the evidence found in Fort Dolthar to the vahnatai council, then go around back. How do I bring down the barriers in Angierach? Use a phoenix egg. You can get one in Pyrog's cave or from Rentar. How do I get passed some empire guards? As often as not, you can't. These serve to end the explorable area. Examples of this are Bargha, the cliff in front of Garzahd's fortress, and the area north of Dharmon. Otherwise, you probably need a pass, or need to kill them. NPC STATS Becca (min level 7), Formello Str 8 Mel 11 Har 8 Pri 0 Cav 2 Bar 4 Dex 9 Pol 13 Def 8 Arc 4 Fir 2 Gym 2 Int 3 Bow 6 Asn 0 Pot 0 Luc 3 Pat 5 End 7 Thr 7 Mag 0 Too 4 --- Wendy (min level 19), Fort Dranlon Str 4 Mel 5 Har 3 Pri 0 Cav 9 Find 1 Dex 4 Pol 2 Def 3 Arc 19 Fir 9 Mag 4 Int 15 Bow 2 Asn 0 Pot 13 Luc 0 Res 4 End 12 Thr 9 Mag 17 Too 2 --- Assotho (min level 20), Gnass Str 10 Mel 7 Har 7 Pri 20 Cav 5 Res 5 Dex 7 Pol 13 Def 7 Arc 16 Fir 13 Int 11 Bow 3 Asn 0 Pot 8 Luc 2 End 15 Thr 3 Mag 0 Too 3 --- Stewart (min level 30), Fort Kothtar Str 14 Mel 25 Har 7 Pri 0 Cav 9 Bar 1 Par 3 Dex 13 Pol 15 Def 8 Arc 1 Fir 17 Blad 4 Int 3 Bow 14 Asn 8 Pot 0 Luc 0 Ana 4 End 15 Thr 12 Mag 0 Too 6 --- Gym 2 HIDDEN SKILL SUMMARY Same info as in walkthrough, but also with the location of raising places, ignoring mind crystals. BARTER is a very useful skill. It increases the selling prices of your items. Get 5 points for everyone, pretty much as soon as you can. Don't bother training in this skill, though, just get Tor to max you out. Every time you get 150 coins or so, come back and have him educate you. You'll quickly max out your skill. 60% is the maximum selling price obtainable through any means. (Tor) PATHFINDER is a nice and useful skill. It allows you to walk on places which normally hurt you, like swamps, magic-zappers, and even lava. As such, possessing enough of this skill makes the safe travel spell completely obsolete. By everyone 5 points, except for one character. For this one character buy only 2 points. You'll find a learning crystal later on which'll give you three more points in this skill. Don't bother training in this skill, as there is no benefit to getting more than 20 (or even ~17 for that matter). (Priest in Formello) VAHNATAI LORE- A special skill that can not be trained. This skill will help you in a few important encounters. Get around about 10 points total, that's all you really need. (Vahnatai in ruins, E of Avit, W of Manusco) ANATOMY: This is an expensive skill. It's worth it though. Almost all the enemies in Avernum are humanoid, meaning you'll always get more damage. It does around about 1 point of damage per skill point invested, but only against humanoids. It affects both melee and missile, but only seems to add .5 points of damage per skill point with missiles. It also affects first aid, if you use it. Buy it when you can or remember. When you get a big batch of cash, go ahead and use it on this. When someone gets a 5 in this skill, you may want to get that mind crystal you found in Chapter 1 and get 3 more free points. (Priest in Mertis) MAGERY: A great skill. Unfortunately, you can't train in it. It will increase the power of all your spells (even magery). It's a great skill for mages and not too bad for priests. Get more points from the drake. (Solberg, Ice Drake, Erika) PARRY: A decent defensive skill. It makes you dodge blows occasionally, especially if you defend. Max it out, as it's cheap and useful for everyone. Later you'll be able to acquire another point in this skill for free, so that's why it's best to get everyone at 5. (Manusco, island near Patrick's tower) BLADEMASTER: A nice skill. Unfortunately, no one teaches it to you, so you have to train yourself in this skill. It's worth training in occasionally, as it increases your melee ability. (Bug shrine) GYMNASTICS: A decent skill which is trainable. It makes you act faster in combat, and dodge more blows. Buy some and be happy. (Trainer near Fort Remote). FIND HERBS: A nice skill, which unfortunately can't be trained in or otherwise improved (unless you have Wendy, who starts with a point). With this skill you'll randomly find potion ingredients when traveling about by land. (Justin in Blosk). DREAD CURSE: Technically, it's a special ability. Don't pursue it, though. Fortunately in this game it's a lot harder to get than it was in Avernum 1. Mother Clarisse in the tower will cure it for you. (Doing bad things) RESISTANCE- a most excellent skill. It'll block a lot of damage. There's only two ways to get this skill unfortunately, and you can't train in it, or it'd make your party unstoppable. Damn. (Vahnatai fort). HERB PATCHES DUNGEON: NW of Formello (healing and spiritual) Graymold Cave (graymold). Moldy cave in Giant lands (toadstools and mandrake). OUTDOORS: Healing: N of Tower of the Magi near nephilim, Near Sixus' first tower. Spiritual: E of Patrick's Tower. Energetic: NW of the lava/water cave. Toadstools: Gremlins near Silvar. Graymold: Slug-defended area N of Silvar. Mandrake: Northern islands. (6) HINT SUMMARY People wanted it, so I added it! ITEM STATS: In general, try to figure out if something is better than what you've got. For instance, a stone spear has stats of 2-20 -1, whereas an iron spear has stats of 2-20. The stone spear has an average damage rating of 10, but the iron spear has an average damage rating of 11. Go for iron. This is pretty much always true. The hierarchy of items is bronze/crude/poor/stone < iron < steel < blessed. Look in the equipment section for a stat summary. FINDING STUFF: Look in items. Press "L" and choose something. The best stuff is found in crates, barrels, dressers, bookcases, desks, and of course chests. On rare occasions, you can find stuff in other objects- for instance, in Fort Ganrick, there are some casks in the equipment room which have some cheap wine hidden in them, which you can take. STEALING: It ain't a crime if you don't get caught. Many items have a "NY" next to them. If you try to take the item, and someone is watching, you get in trouble (and may even instantly die). There are ways around this. FOOD: There's a big selection of food in this game. Generally, I go for the lightest (greens), and ignore the heavier lizard haunches and fine meals. If you want variety, pick up all that you can. You should never need to buy food, as there's always plenty lying around. LOOT: From luthien on the spiderweb message boards: If you're loading up on loot and hit the max items, you can pick up a couple more things if you equip the non-magic jewelry (or any other items like bows and missiles that you don't already have equipped). This is typically only useful earlier in the game before your characters are completely decked out. Also, you may find yourself unable to carry any more. There are a few ways around this, from Zeviz: There is also a (slightly cheating) way to carry much more than your weight allowance. When you are trying to equip an item, it does not go through the weight check. So if you equip that super heavy Empire armor straight from the ground, you'll be able to carry it even if it takes you over your weight allowance. And from TIE187: Also, if your party has a strength bracelet, you can pass it around and equip it on each character when they're picking up loot. It adds 60 stones to the character's carry capacity, up to 350 stones. Again, "the problem is that you can't drop anything since you won't be able to pick them up again." QUESTS: Quests are your main source of reputation, and a good source of gold and xp. Whenever you complete a quest, be sure to get your reward! Uncompleted (ones where you've not received a reward) quests can be found under "Current quests" in the character info screen. From luthien on the spiderweb message boards: It appears that the penalty for experience is random. If your penalty is -50%, I think the 50% is applied by giving each point a 50% chance of occurring. Either that or some other distribution. I've completed quests worth 30 XP where the 50% penalty character will get anywhere from 10 to 20 XP. The moral of the story is, save before you complete a quest or some other big-XP action. It will be hard to get max XP for all your characters, but at least you can prevent one PC from getting cheated too much. WANDERING ENCOUNTERS: Whenever presented with the option to be friendly, do so. More often than not the others will react with friendliness or indifference. If nothing comes of this, save, then attack. From luthien on the spiderweb message boards: Since loot and experience are so valuable, I will usually save the game right before any wandering encounter. Then reload the game to make sure I get the maximum number of enemies. 8 bladesman, 6 empire archers is better than 5 and 3... LEARNING CRYSTALS: You'll occasionally find one of the really nice learning crystals. They're small blue things that come in three flavors- abilities, skills, and energy pulse. Ability crystals give you a new ability, like lay on hands or something. Skill crystals teach you 3 points in a given skill (for some skills, hold on using these until you have purchased as much skill as possible to get the maximum result). Energy pulse crystals just dumbfound you, but are good to sell at 599c apiece. MAGIC BARRIERS: There are three types: fire, which can be walked through for damage, force, which are impenetrable but can be removed with a dispel barrier spell, and Big and Weird, which are those which are separating Avernum and which you'll run into again later. HERBS: There are two types of herb patches- one is found on the outdoor map as a special encounter, the other is found in an actual dungeon. The latter are much better as they have more herbs than the outdoors ones. There are 3 dungeon herb patches. Come back to either of them every 5-7 days or so to pick up some more herbs. SINGLE PLAYER AREAS: There are a few occasions in which you have to select a specific character to do a quest. This is one of them. In general, choose the character best suited for the job (obviously). Addition from TIE187 on the spiderweb message boards: For single PC quests, I use my Mage/priest. I give him or her all the protection and special armor the others wear: shielding spike, 2 or 3 amulets and jewelry, rogue leather, lockpicks. Having your choice of Priest or Mage spells and the large amount of mana that goes along with training in both is quite nice. NPCS: All npcs are stronger than your characters at their respective levels, for the most part. There are a few role playing considerations, but if you want a powerful party, get them to join you. NPCs also get character traits based on their position of entry: if they start as the first character, they get elite warrior, and as the last, they get natural mage. SPELL CASTING: The power of one's spells are based partly on luck, and partly on the mysterious Bonus. The mage bonus is equal to the mage spells skill + int/2, and the same is respectively true for priest spells. There are some ways of increasing this ability through wearing items, acquiring skills, or choosing specific character traits. The mage's bracelet and the robe of the magi both give a +4 bonus to your character. However, wearing both does not give 10 bonus, so it is best just to wear one. The magery skill gives a bonus equal to the number of points in this skill. The natural mage trait gives a bonus of 4 at the beginning, and may increase with levels. For priests, there is only the priest's bracelet. The mage's bracelet and the robe of the magi do not affect priest spell strength, however, both magery and natural mage do. COMBAT VS MONSTERS DEMONS, DRAKES: At low levels, you can take them on one at a time with the bind foe 1 spell. Cast it once a turn, and pummel them with all of your other characters. At high levels, they should present too much a problem, just wait with your mage till the end of the turn, and cast haste to void their slow spells. WIZARDS, RAKHASHI: Only try these guys on higher levels. They can easily destroy an unprepared low level party. The bind foe 1 strategy can take them out, one at a time, but it's more time consuming. A decent strategy is to summon up a null bug, and either sit in the antimagic field, or get the bug right up next to them, and hit them with your weapons. Missile weapons are quite effective on these guys too. Cloud of blades is the only spell that can hurt the rakhashi. DOOMGUARDS: Hit hard and fast. Divine warrior, blessed and hasted warriors are necessary. Do not use the jade halberd while fighting these guys. Monster summoning is also generally a bad idea, since they are immune to magic, and will split even if they take only one damage. DERVISHES: Eventually these guys are only a mild nuisance. Still, at low levels, bind foe 3 works wonders. Most damaging spells work too slow to be of much use. LICHES, HAAKAI: Pray they don't hit you with their charming ray- it's quite difficult to resist. Otherwise, the bind foe 1 trick could work quite well, and repel spirit is rather powerful. GARZAHD: Demon slaying arrows are the way to go, honest. They do 50 damage a hit, the best possible. Don't worry about his non- spellcasting friends, they actually will help you by diverting his arcane shields. GENERAL: Haste works wonders. Before entering a battle, cast haste (or beast ceremony), then (w)ait, being sure that the enemy doesn't do anything. This'll give you an extra attack. Some hints from Zeviz on the spiderweb message boards: If you open a door to find a room full of hard monsters, you can close the door back by clicking look button and looking at the door. (Warning: this does NOT work in combat mode) Now you can proceed with advice 2 and 3. 2. If you see monsters in a dungeon, but they haven't seen you yet, you can still cast Beast Ceremony if you close a door in front of you or run behind a corner (or wait until your light runs out). 4. If you are in a dungeon, faced with the enemies who have no long range attacks, you can cast your defensive and summoning spells without entering combat mode. Since the enemies move 1 square per turn when not in combat, you will have more time to cast spells before enemies cover the distance between you and them. (7) HOW TO CHEAT: Use the editor for most of the mundane things like giving yourself 100 in all stats, and for giving yourself gold, items and spells. It's a nice utensil. Check the spiderweb site for a link to a page (Avernum anotated maps) which has item codes for all of the items in the game. If you want some less insidious cheating, try these: Fight End strategy: This is useful for getting around troublesome spots. Press fight, then press end. Your party moves up a few spaces, and does not trigger special fights/events/traps. This is quite useful in Motrax's cave, as it'll let you get passed those ultra-difficult traps and loot his cave with ease. Note that this doesn't work with a singleton party. A few initial boosts: Start your party and give someone (or everyone) the divinely touched trait. Then use the editor to get rid of it. You still get to keep all those nice skills, which are very useful at the beginning. This also works with the beastmaster trait. No phoenix egg needed: In Angierach, you can bring down the barriers with the cloud of blades spell. Just make sure the area of effect of the blade cloud and the barriers overlap. Weight allowance getting you down? Well, from y0d1n2a3 on the message boards: And if you add anything with the editor, you can carry more without decreasing your speed. The problem is that you can't drop anything since you won't be able to pick them up again. Editor Item list from Chandler (thank you!): 0 - Mind Crystal - Energy Pulse 1 - Copper Coins 2 - Silver Coins 3 - Gold Coins 4 - Bread 5 - Greens 6 - Steak 7 - Steak** 8 - Dried Meat 9 - Weird Meat 10 - Lizard Haunch 11 - Fish 12 - Deli Sandwich 13 - White Tunic 14 - Red Tunic 15 - Green Tunic 16 - Cloak 17 - Cloak** 18 - Pants 19 - Pants** 20 - Shirt 21 - Shirt** 22 - Robe 23 - Dress 24 - Cursed Leather Armor 25 - Poor Leather Armor 26 - Leather Armor 27 - Fine Leather Armor 28 - Drakeskin Armor 29 - Cursed Studded Armor 30 - Poor Studded Armor 31 - Iron Studded Armor 32 - Steel Studded Armor 33 - Blessed Studded Armor 34 - Cursed Chain Mail 35 - Poor Chain Mail 36 - Iron Chain Mail 37 - Steel Chain Mail 38 - Blessed Chain Mail 39 - Cursed Plate Mail 40 - Poor Plate Mail 41 - Iron Plate Mail 42 - Steel Plate Mail 43 - Blessed Plate Mail 44 - Cursed Dagger 45 - Stone Dagger 46 - Iron Dagger 47 - Steel Dagger 48 - Blessed Dagger 49 - Cursed Short Sword 50 - Stone Short Sword 51 - Iron Short Sword 52 - Steel Short Sword 53 - Blessed Short Sword 54 - Cursed Longsword 55 - Stone Longsword 56 - Iron Longsword 57 - Steel Longsword 58 - Blessed Longsword 59 - Cursed Greatsword 60 - Stone Greatsword 61 - Iron Greatsword 62 - Steel Greatsword 63 - Blessed Greatsword 64 - Cursed Spear 65 - Stone Spear 66 - Iron Spear 67 - Steel Spear 68 - Blessed Spear 69 - Cursed Pike 70 - Stone Pike 71 - Iron Pike 72 - Steel Pike 73 - Blessed Pike 74 - Cursed Halberd 75 - Bronze Halberd 76 - Iron Halberd 77 - Steel Halberd 78 - Blessed Halberd 79 - Stick 80 - Ceremonial Dagger 81 - Kitchen Knife 82 - Staff 83 - Hammer 84 - Cursed Javelin 85 - Stone Javelin 86 - Iron Javelin 87 - Steel Javelin 88 - Blessed Javelin 89 - Cursed Bow 90 - Cavewood Bow 91 - Yew Bow 92 - Ash Bow 93 - Blessed Bow 94 - Cursed Crossbow 95 - Cavewood Crossbow 96 - Yew Crossbow 97 - Ash Crossbow 98 - Blessed Crossbow 99 - Cursed Arrows 100 - Stone Arrows 101 - Iron Arrows 102 - Steel Arrows 103 - Blessed Arrows 104 - Cursed Bolts 105 - Stone Bolts 106 - Iron Bolts 107 - Steel Bolts 108 - Blessed Bolts 109 - Rock 110 - Drakeskin Sandals 111 - Sandals 112 - Blessed Sandals 113 - Cursed Boots 114 - Boots 115 - Drakeskin Boots 116 - Blessed Boots 117 - Blessed Cloak 118 - Cursed Robe 119 - Blessed Robe 120 - Cursed Buckler 121 - Wooden Buckler 122 - Iron Buckler 123 - Steel Buckler 124 - Blessed Buckler 125 - Cursed Small Shield 126 - Wooden Small Shield 127 - Iron Small Shield 128 - Steel Small Shield 129 - Blessed Small Shield 130 - Cursed Large Shield 131 - Wooden Large Shield 132 - Iron Large Shield 133 - Steel Large Shield 134 - Blessed Large Shield 135 - Cursed Leather Helmet 136 - Poor Leather Helmet 137 - Leather Helmet 138 - Fine Leather Helmet 139 - Blessed Leather Helmet 140 - Cursed Bronze Helmet 141 - Poor Bronze Helmet 142 - Bronze Helmet 143 - Fine Bronze Helmet 144 - Blessed Bronze Helmet 145 - Cursed Gloves 146 - Gloves 147 - Drakeskin Gloves 148 - Sack of Meal 149 - Bowl 150 - Bowl** 151 - Pitcher 152 - Pot 153 - Pot** 154 - Bolt of Cloth 155 - Bolt of Cloth 156 - Bolt of Cloth** 157 - Cloak Clasp 158 - Pincers 159 - Tongs 160 - Spearhead 161 - Bucket 162 - Bucket of Water 163 - Flagon 164 - Horn 165 - Jug 166 - Jug of Cheap Wine 167 - Golden Goblet 168 - Plate 169 - Plate** 170 - Candle 171 - Torch 172 - Lamp 173 - Spoon 174 - Lockpicks 175 - Fine Lockpicks 176 - Magic Lockpicks 177 - First Aid Kit 178 - Fine First Aid Kit 179 - Poor Fur 180 - Nice Fur 181 - Beautiful Fur 182 - Pillow 183 - Silver Drinking Cup 184 - Mortar and Pestle 185 - Papyrus Sheet 186 - Dice 187 - Scalpel 188 - Needle 189 - Thread 190 - Trowel 191 - Skull 192 - Bones 193 - Whip 194 - Pen and Ink 195 - Earrings 196 - Trash 197 - Trash 198 - Trash** 199 - Bar of Tin 200 - Bar of Lead 201 - Bar of Iron 202 - Bar of Silver 203 - Amber 204 - Emerald 205 - Ruby 206 - Silver Ring 207 - Gold ring 208 - Jeweled Ring 209 - Silver Bracelet 210 - Gold Bracelet 211 - Silver Necklace 212 - Gold Necklace 213 - Torc 214 - Healing Herbs 215 - Spiritual Herbs 216 - Energetic Herbs 217 - Graymold 218 - Toadstools 219 - Mandrake 220 - Healing Potion 221 - Curing Potion 222 - Strength Potion 223 - Energy Potion 224 - Poison Potion 225 - Haste Potion 226 - Invulnerability Potion 227 - Resistance Potion 228 - Healing Elixir 229 - Curing Elixir 230 - Strength Elixir 231 - Energy Elixir 232 - Poison Elixir 233 - Haste Elixir 234 - Invulnerability Elixir 235 - Resistance Elixir 236 - Knowledge Brew 237 - Restoration Brew 238 - Protection Brew 239 - Heroic Brew 240 - Graymold Salve 241 - Balm of Life 242 - Searing Balm (Cursed) 243 - Draining Brew (Cursed) 244 - Scroll - Bolt of Fire 245 - Scroll - Call Beast 246 - Scroll - Bind Foe 247 - Scroll - Slow 248 - Scroll - Ice Lances 249 - Scroll - Create Illusions 250 - Scroll - Far Sight 251 - Scroll - Lightning Spray 252 - Scroll - Dispel Barrier 253 - Scroll - Summon Aid 254 - Scroll - Fireblast 255 - Scroll - Repel Spirit 256 - Scroll - Summon Shade 257 - Scroll - Control Foes 258 - Scroll - Spray Acid 259 - Scroll - Paralysis 260 - Scroll - Web Spell 261 - Scroll - Piercing Sight 262 - Scroll - Bitter Loss (Cursed) 263 - Scroll - Withering (Cursed) 264 - Ring of Vulnerability (Cursed) 265 - Ring of Illness (Cursed) 267 - Ring of Exposure (Cursed) 268 - Ring of Agony (Cursed) 269 - Ring of Blurred Vision (Cursed) 270 - Shield Ring 271 - Ring of Health 272 - Ring of Skill 273 - Resistance Ring 274 - Ring of Grief (Cursed) 275 - Fletcher's Ring 276 - Armor Ring 277 - Ring of Great Health 278 - Warrior's Ring 279 - Immunity Ring 280 - Ring of Discomfort (Cursed) 281 - Archer's Ring 282 - Wand of Bolts 283 - Wand of Ice 284 - Wand of Slowing 285 - Wand of Lightning 286 - Wand of Fire 287 - Wand of Acid 289 - Wand of Carrunos 290 - Rod of Arcana 291 - Rod of Minor Call 292 - Rod of Major Call 293 - Rod of Illusions 294 - Strength Bracelet 295 - Dexterity Bracelet 296 - Intelligence Bracelet 297 - Mage's Bracelet 298 - Priest's Bracelet 299 - Warrior's Bracelet 300 - Lucky Bracelet 301 - Monkey Bracelet (Cursed) 302 - Chill Charm 303 - Warmth Charm 304 - Health Charm 305 - Shielding Charm 306 - Basic Charm 307 - War Charm 308 - Freedom Charm 309 - Crystal Charm 310 - Knowledge Charm 311 - Sticky Charm (Cursed) 312 - Harm Charm (Cursed) 313 - Mind Crystal - Beastcall 314 - Mind Crystal - Spiritcall 315 - Mind Crystal - Lay On Hands 316 - Mind Crystal - Venomfoe 317 - Mind Crystal - Berzerker 318 - Mind Crystal - Inner Might 319 - Mind Crystal - Shielder 320 - Mind Crystal - Blademaster 321 - Mind Crystal - Anatomy 322 - Mind Crystal - Gymnastics 323 - Mind Crystal - Pathfinder 324 - Mind Crystal - Magery 325 - Mind Crystal - Resistance 326 - Mind Crystal - Energy Pulse 327 - Empire Records 328 - Mushroom Merlot '91 329 - Hardonnay '85 330 - Almaria Yellow '91 331 - Archer's Cloak 332 - Dragonskin Cloak 333 - Pants of Power 334 - Pants of Sorrow (Cursed)* 335 - Robe of the Magi 336 - Radiant Robe 337 - Rogue's Leather 338 - Mauling Leather 339 - Shadow Leather 340 - Icy Chain Mail 341 - Polished Plate Mail 342 - Assassin's Dagger 343 - Diamond Dagger 344 - Flaming Sword 345 - Icy Longsword 346 - Demonslayer 347 - Ghoulbane 348 - Giantslayer 349 - Jade Halberd 350 - Obsidian Spear 351 - Alien Blade 352 - Acid Arrows 353 - Bolts of Life 354 - Arrows of Light 355 - Acid Bolts 356 - Boots of Speed 357 - Nimble Boots 358 - Bloodthirst Spear* 359 - Crystal Shield 360 - Serendiptiy Knife 361 - Nimble Gloves 362 - Gauntlets of Might 363 - Piercing Crystal 364 - Unshackling Crystal 365 - Recall Crystal 366 - Searing Crystal (Cursed) 367 - Shielding Spike 368 - Spidersilk Shirt 369 - Stoneshatter Crystal 370 - Slith Spear 371 - Fine Slith Spear 372 - Bag of Sugar 373 - Aranea Fangs 374 - Ore 375 - Historical Scroll 376 - Fine Meal 377 - Cheap Wine 378 - Orb of Thralni 379 - Cursed Waveblade 380 - Waveblade 381 - Fine Waveblade 382 - Cursed Razordisk 383 - Razordisk 384 - Fine Razordisk 385 - Vahnatai Cloak 386 - Crystal 387 - Fine Crystal 388 - Nephilim Map 389 - Fire Lizard Egg 390 - Drake Egg 391 - Bent Hexagonal Bar 392 - Hexagonal Bar 393 - Scrap of Vellum 394 - Scrap of Vellum 395 - Rope 396 - Bar of Uranium (Cursed) 397 - Pyrrhic Gauntlets (Cursed) 398 - Sixus Map 399 - Thinking Cap*** *These Items can be uncursed at a healer and give good stats afterwards. **Repeated items have different looks ***Any number over 399 gives a Thinking Cap. (8) REPLAYING SUGGESTIONS: Try the game on a higher difficulty level. Try the game playing as all the NPCs for a super-powerful party. Try the game as all magic users. Try it with only 2 people in your party. Try it with all sliths, with completely inept people, etc. GOING SOLO: This is one way of determining whether or not you're a true Avernum 2 master. To see if you're a king, try it on Torment difficulty. A few suggestions first, though: Try a slith, they are the most powerful race, and give him the natural mage trait, and some other trait, probably. Why so many traits? Experience is very easy to come by. When I played a solo game with a slith natural mage, I maxed out my level before finishing any of the 3 major quests, and then stopped playing. I would not go for either beastmaster or divinely touched, since as a solo character you'll get crystals with these abilities quickly. Maybe go for strong will, because if you're paralyzed or put to sleep, you're pretty much dead. Fast on feet could be good, too. Elite warrior isn't as useful, since your character may build up enough skills to become quite powerful without this spell. Toughness could be nice as well, but with only one character, you end up equipping all the best armor anyway, minimizing the bonus of this skill. Starting out: Plunk most of your skill points into spells. You'll rely heavily on them at the beginning. Hardiness is also an important skill, since you want to keep all of your AP and wear the best armor possible. The exception may be the thinking cap, which is an excellent item that improves your spells, something that is badly needed. You may want to eventually replace it with the mage's bracelet, and put on a blessed steel helm instead. In terms of armor, get the best possible. Go for blessed plate rather than icy chain, and then go for a dragonskin cloak. You won't regret it. Getting a freedom charm early may be a good idea. How things are different, bad: You'll get smacked around more, and will need to cast haste before almost every fight. You can't learn several spells (the ones that require vahnatai lore>5), and will have a very hard time obtaining some items (like the alien blade and the mage bracelet). You actually have to put skill points in barter in order to sell items at a good price, and will have to cast safe travel 3 occasionally, too. The fight-end cheat doesn't work anymore. How things are different, good: Getting slowed isn't so bad. Just end combat, and fight the enemies one on one. Haste 1 and 2 are very nice, battle rage 3 is super. You can use all the mind crystals on one character, rather than spreading them around. A lot of spells that once weren't used at all suddenly become somewhat useful. The best reason for trying this is that you create a character who can slay empire troops without any hassle, and who is ultra-powerful, almost like a greek god. It's very satisfying. Additionally, from Luthien: Another con is looting dungeons! It's a major pain to have to leave every time your inventory is full. However, you can get around this by using the create a PC option, and creating a character with 10 strength to lug stuff around for you. This also will help you use the fight-end cheat. Also, you can store characters with high barter skill and use them when selling expensive items (or when needing vahnatai lore or rune reading). A quick note about creating characters -- you can only do it in 'major' towns, which still makes it a bit awkward when you're deep in a dungeon. However, if you simply clean out a dungeon via fighting and don't pick things up along the way, you can go to town and create 3 characters with 10 strength and come back. Another con is Gymnastics costing 5000 gold for 1 character- yowch!. Finally, another con about looting is wilderness encounters. Sure, in a dungeon you just make lots of trips. But when you fight wandering monsters (especially empire troops), you all too often need to leave chain mails and steel shields lying on the ground! Some of the pros are that you can spend all your money on one character (including all those knowledge brews!). Also, I've used bows with the 1 PC more than I ever have before. What a great way to save those precious spell points! That's why I went back and started again as a Nephil -- good with bows and acts quick in combat without needing fast on feet, which leaves room for natural mage and elite warrior (or strong will as you suggest). (9) VERSION HISTORY 8/13/01, Version 1.0. The walkthrough is complete. Spell ratings have been completed, armor ratings completed, skill ratings completed, trait ratings complete, a few indices have been created. 8/15/01, Version 1.1. Added the Madhouse Brigand's entrance from antimony. Added 3 hints from luthien. Added rare items to index. Added calculation method for armor and weapon comparisons. Corrected a few small typos. 8/17/01, Version 1.2. Added general hints from TIE187, Zeviz, Alex, and y0d1n2a3. Included a few small corrections from Zeviz and Alex. Added a solo hint section to (7). Added a common questions section. Added damage and blocking to armor and weapon charts. Format was slightly improved with use of fantastic indentations and such. 8/23/01, Version 1.3. Added some combat hints from Zeviz. Added a hints section, allowing users to get these general hints without having to look through the walkthrough and be spoiled. A few more calculations were performed with some of the jewelry and other equipment, and an NPC statistics section was added. A few other minor changes. 8/31/01, Version 1.4. Corrected y0d1n2a3's name. Fixed error pointed out by Alex. Added more solo character hints from Luthien. Added some luck requirements from Luthien. Added some updates about character skills. Added arguments for and against First Aid, from Longshot, Enzo7za, y0d1n2a3, and myself. Added an herb patch locator, and a hidden skill guide to the index. A few other minor corrections. 9/10/01, Version 1.5. Added Athron's lair treasure hints from Lynsis. Added an editor item list from Chandler. Added arguments for level 2 bind foe from Longshot. Unsolved Mysteries: The secret room in Korradis' tower. Getting to the body north of the graymold cave without cheating. Uses of the obsidian spear. What war charms and warrior bracelets do, numerically. WEBSITES: *www.spidweb.com* Go here to get the game. Check related pages and go to the Avernum annotated maps site to find a decent item list as well, and an outdoor map! The scimitar is a decent site with some strategies, and the crystal source has a goodly bit of info too! STILL TO IMPLEMENT: Basic storyline Index- quest guide? Reputation guide? Special item editor list.