Anvil of dawn walkthrough
- Anvil of dawn
ANVIL OF THE DAWN WALKTHRU
By James D. Hudnall (76507,1175) - Yes, I am the comic book writer
The purpose of this walk-thru is to help you make it through Anvil of
the Dawn without too many headaches. The game is fairly easy, but there
are a few places that are hard to figure out. I am not going to list
where every item is to be found in the game, but only tell you what you
absolutely need to know. That way, you won't have the whole game spoiled
The game allows a player to take any course they want, rather than
follow a predestined path. But there is a right order to follow and a
wrong order. Some people have made it into desolation without getting
all the pieces of the chest they will need. Here is the dungeons one
should conquer, in order:
The Dark Lantern
The Undersea Maze
The Sunken Ship
The Underground City
The Land of Roots/Elder Tree
The Temple of the Moon
The City of the Dead
The Eye of Clay/Sanctuary
Gorge Keep (optional)
The Reed Plain (optional)
The Iron Titan
The Warlord's Tower
The Anvil of the Dawn
We'll detail what you need to do in these places, but first let's deal
with the basics.
You can choose from five different characters. Each has an advantage in
the four statistics (Strength, Agility, Stamina, Power), except the mire
lurk, who has even stats across the board. You can modify any
character's stats if you want, so you don't have to choose Brice (the
big hairy guy) for a strong fighter. But the stats are limited to the
amount given and only a modifier like a talisman or a potion will allow
you to increase them later. You don't get to increase them permanently
later in the game. So choose them well.
The inventory screen has an area that shows what you're carrying.
Everything is placed there in a jumble if you right click to add your
items to inventory. In order to keep things organized you will come
across containers in the game. They come in two forms: Sacks and Chests.
I recommend you use sacks to hold rocks and chests to hold other items.
There are a lot of places in the game where you will need to weigh down
a pressure plate with ten rocks. You won't always have a block figurine
to spare. Using a bag full of rocks is a lot easier to deal with because
to can pick it back up in a jiffy when you're ready to leave. Fill each
sack with ten big rocks and you will have perfect tools for dealing with
those annoying plates. Always test a plate first to see if it can take
only one to three rocks, because you don't want to tie up a whole sack
of you only needed one rock. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR BAG WHEN
YOU LEAVE THE AREA. You will get three bags in the game. One in Gryphon
Keep, one in the Dark Lantern, and one in the Sunken Ship.
The Chests are great for storing items. You get three of them
eventually. I recommend putting all pieces of the quest in one chest,
use another for money and temple tokens and a third for magic items like
potions and power-ups. That way you will be able to access things
without sorting through a big mess. Keys should be left available on the
main screen in a neat pile, because you won't be carrying them around
These come in many forms. Most are offensive spells, but there are also
amulets that enhance your stats and potions that enhance them
temporality. There are two potions in the game that enhance your stats
permanently. They are the potion of Mortal Enhancement and the Potion of
Magical Enhancement. When you take these they raise your maximum health
or mana (magic) points permanently. However, the number they give you is
random. Always save before drinking one, then restore and try again if
the new points are low. The max for health seems to be 10. I never
accept less than an 8. The max mana seems to be 80. I never accept less
The block figurine is one of the most useful items you come across.
Using one creates a stone block for weighing down a pressure plate. Use
these things sparingly. I will tell you where you need to use them. You
should use rocks whenever possible, and save these for the places where
a block is really needed.
The auto map is very useful in this game because it will not only show
you what areas you missed, it can be used to spot enemies and see if
doors have opened outside of your field of vision. When you step on a
plate or throw a switch you can check the map to see if it changed
anything on the map. This is very useful. Monsters appear as green
squares and those annoying rolling rocks are shown also in relation to
where they are when the map was called up.
When you enter a dungeon or exit a stairway, ALWAYS turn around and look
back the way you came so the map will register it. Otherwise the exit
will show up blank. You should want to know where the exit is at all
times. You can also make notes on the map by clicking on the pen box. I
recommend this for confusing areas.
Now for the game...
THE CASTLE OF THE LADY
Okay, your character has just awoken and you have to start the game.
Grab what's in the chest in your room, turn the knob on the wall that
opens the door (it's on an artsy pattern next to the door) and talk to
each character on your way down the stairs. You don't need to talk to
the guards or the servant boy, but you can if you want to.
The first person you need to see is the castle wizard. He will teach you
the spell of healing and an optional offensive spell. I recommend
choosing the water spell "Shackles of Ice". This spell freezes your
opponent temporarily so he can't fight back. The other spells are okay,
but they are slow and don't give you as much of an advantage. You will
get all these spells later so don't worry about missing them here. But
make sure you talk to the wizard because he's the only source of the
heal spell and you need it to win the game.
Next up is the armorer. I suggest you get a sword (Slashing weapon).
Swords are the best weapon in the game. You will end up with two really
powerful swords later on, so spend your skill points on slashing before
you start to improve any others.
Always check the damage a weapon does when you get it by bringing it up
to the eye on the inventory screen and clicking on it. The higher the
damage, the more deadly the weapon. Ranged weapons aren't much use in
this game except in a few places. You don't really need them.
Finally, you meet the old man who tells you what your mission is. He
will direct you to a portal that will take you to the wine cellar of
Gryphon Keep. Enter and you are on your way.
Goal: Find the Spell of Heavenly Mend, Find Exit
This is the easiest dungeon in the game and serves to educate you on the
game mechanics. You start out in a wine cellar. Make your way to the
door opened by a pressure plate on the floor. Stepping on the plate
opens it. Step inside and fight the guard. You may find it closing on
you before you can do that. This is because the guard stepped on a plate
on his side. Step back on your plate and the door will open again.
The wine cellar/basement level is pretty small. There are a few guards
to kill. Two will drop keys which will open the rooms on this level. In
one room you will find Lord Gryphon, who is dying. Talk to him and he
will give you his signet ring. You will need this when you finish the
The ground floor is pretty straight forward. In four corners of the keep
are stairs that go to four separate towers. Each has some useful items.
There are long halls on either side of the castle and lots of rooms in
between. I will break down the areas by compass direction on the map.
The South West Tower entrance has no door. There is a healing altar
nearby. This is where you use the strange looking tokens that you find
to heal yourself. The gold ones heal all your points, the flesh colored
ones heal a random amount of points. Upstairs in the tower are two
pressure plates. You need to weigh down the one in front of the door
first, with three rocks. Then step on the other plate. This will open
the door to the next room. A round switch on the wall opens an alcove
where two chests are hidden. There is also a chest on this level with
the spell of "Heavenly Mend of Unseen Artisans". Do not leave the keep
without this spell. It is essential to winning the gam and this is the
only place you find it.
The South Corridor of the Keep has a flying skull spell coming down the
hall like clockwork. Wait for it to pass. You will see a door with no
way to open it. Find a side passage nearby. At the end is a switch on
the side wall. Throw the switch. A rock will roll back and forth,
opening the door in the south hall every now and then. Go to the door
and wait for it to open. You may get hit by a skull spell, so make sure
you are healed up.
Inside you get your first shield in the game.
The South East tower entrance is opened by pushing a stone block onto a
nearby plate. You will enter a room with rolling rocks. Find the stairs.
In the tower is a Mana Altar which can only be accessed by putting a
gold coin in the hole in the wall next to the door.
At the East side of the keep is the exit to outside. Make sure you
finish the keep before leaving. You can reach the exit by pushing a
block onto a plate near the door. This leads to a hallway with some
chests before the true exit.
Across from the Exit hall is a big Throne room where there are several
chests. You can enter this room by putting one stone on the plate in
front of the door. In this room is a messenger monster. These guys are
really tough to fight. I suggest using the offensive spells you find
earlier to soften him up first. If he is hurting youbadly, try running
away and healing up, then come back and finish him off.
The North East Tower entrance is opened by entering the room next door
and placing three rocks on each of the two pressure plates inside. There
are two doors that open periodically due to a rolling rock. Wait for
them to open. One leads to the tower. Upstairs you will find two
pressure plates next to a switch in the wall. Move back and forth on the
plates until you can throw the switch. An alcove opens revealing two
The North West Tower entrance is opened by a switch in the wall. Near
this entrance is a room with armor. It doesn't hurt to get it before you
go on. Upstairs in the tower are two pressure plates you have to walk
over before reaching the chests. Move fast and then sidestep. These
chests activate traps that send Earthen Fists flying at you from behind.
After you have searched every room, go outside the castle and turn to
face the ruins one step from the door. You will meet Parselfal, whom
Lord Gryphon spoke to you about. Parselfal will hand you a bag of gold
coins which come in useful later.
Head on straight down the way you were coming to the Dark Lantern, your
THE DARK LANTERN
Goal: Talk to Wizard, Get Sea Shell of Summoning
When you reach the causeway leading to the Lantern Tower, you will see
it is gone. Use the spell of "Heavenly Mend of Unseen Artisans" to
repair the causeway, then head to the tower.
This is a small place except for the basement. On the first floor you
will have to put three rocks on the pressure plate near the entrance to
make a teleporter vanish. Then, put a rock on the pressure plate the
teleporter was hiding. This will open the door to the rest of the tower.
In the north is the exit to the pier. You will leave this way when you
finish the tower so make a note of it. There is a block nearby. Push it
onto a plate to open the two doors leading down and up. Take the down
stairs first. You should finish the basement level before going on to
the rest of the tower.
Next to the stairs is a healing altar. A gargoyle guards the entrance to
the north section of the basement. Talk to it and find out you need to
Go south to a long hall, then west. In a north side passage is a
switch. This opens a wall to the south. In this area are some chests and
a clue to unsummoning the gargoyle.
Down the hall, west of there is a side passage to the north. There are
lots of chests in here, guarded by Wyverns. The chests are hidden behind
illusory walls. You can always tell an illusory wall because it
flickers. Pay close attention to each wall.
Further west is a pressure plate that makes a teleporter appear. Enter
the teleporter and find yourself in an area guarded by a juggernaut.
There is better armor in a chest nearby. There is also a section with
two rolling rocks. This section will have a chest with one part of the
unsummon spell. You need to get it then teleport out and reenter the
hall teleporter. This will take you to another identical area. Go to the
rolling rock spot and get the second part of the unsummon spell.
At the west end of the long hall is a plate and a wall switch. Step on
the plate and then flip the switch. It opens a door to the south.
This area comes in two parts. Behind an illusory wall is a big room with
four wyverns guarding chests. The middle chest contains a sea shell. You
need this to get to the sunken ship. The other area has two hidden
chests revealed at the far west end by stepping on a pressure plate.
Unfortunately, the plate also causes a screaming skull spell to come
flying at you. If you avoid the spell, it goes into a teleporter nearby
and comes around again. Every time you step on the plate, more skulls
fly. If you keep avoiding them you will soon see lots of flying skulls.
This is very dangerous because you will get hit sooner or later, so take
it like a man and empty those chests.
Now you can go back the way you came and unsummon the gargoyle. You will
then find a long hall with a door to the south and a door to the west.
You need a key to go west so enter the south door.
You will find yourself in a large room with rocks neatly laid out. Walk
the length of the room along the north wall and head south toward the
entrance to the next room. There is a spinner going on in this room that
will try to mess up your sense of direction. Try doing moves in reverse
when this happens and make your way into that room. It takes some
effort. You will find a chest with the key and three teleporters guarded
by a juggernaut. The middle teleporter will take you to the exit of the
rock room so you don't have to deal with the spinner again.
Once you unlock the west door you find yourself in a similar room. The
far west door needs a key, the door to the south is opened by a pressure
plate. There is a stone block you need top destroy to free a pressure
plate. This will open the door to a room with a bunch of chests. One of
the has the key to the third area.
The third area is the same. You'll need a key to go further west.
Entering the south door you'll see rolling rocks. Enter their halls and
find the gaps to get across to a room. Throw any switch you see. Get the
key in a chest.
The fourth area is the final area. A door to the south leads you to a
room full of switches. Throw all the switches. Doors open revealing
chests. One door leads to the final room. To get in you have to go to a
side passage, kill the juggernaut and put a block on the pressure plate.
The other pressure plates will then let you in the door.
Now head upstairs to the second floor of the tower. There are three
doors leading to the stairs to level three. To open them you must do the
following: Near the doors is a switch in a recessed
area. It causes a stone to roll onto a plate. Throw it. Now, there is a
pressure plate east of the stairs. Put three big rocks on it. Another
plate in the south requires a block. A wall opens and closes
periodically. It has the block, but I'm not sure if you push it into one
of the plates in this area or on the plate to the north. I just made
sure there is a block on the first plate in the hidden area and the one
The doors will then be open, go on the way to the stairs is a side
passage with an illusory wall. Throw the switch on the other side and
rob the chest. Head upstairs and you will walk across a plate that opens
a wall. Inside, behind a illusory wall is a chest with a key inside. Get
it. East of the stairs is a Mana altar. Throw the switch nearby. This
will cause rocks in another room to roll which will open the door to the
You will find that he's already dead. Get the yellow globe on the floor
and put it in the fish's mouth. Go to the nearby chest and read the
scroll inside. Then click on the globe. The wizard will tell you his
story. In the locked room is a chest with a good sword.
Now that you've cleared the tower, make your way to the pier exit on the
ground floor. You can take the teleporter in the hidden room where in
the key was, but it takes you to the causeway exit. Use the pier exit.
Go to the end of the pier and use the sea shell. Talk to the elemental,
THE UNDERSEA MAZE
Goal: Get to ship
This area is pretty simple. It's a maze with the center as the goal. But
you must inspect every square inch of the place before you try to enter
the center. You'll need to find eight pearls to reach the center. You
should also find Aegis, the best shield in the game. Throw away your old
shield when you find it. The maze has blood thorns which can poison you,
so save up on those poison cures. Only use them when you really need
them. If you can fight a couple monsters while poisoned, hold out until
you must use the cure. That way you won't run out.
There is a teleporter on each side of the maze that will take you to the
opposite side. There are two exits. One takes you to a land pier to the
south of the underground city. The other takes you to the lantern pier.
If you accidentally exit the maze, call the elemental with the shell
again and click on GREET.
The Mana Altar is in the North West part of the maze, the Health Altar
is in the South West part of the maze.
Once you reach the center of the maze, teleporters will block your way.
You need to enter them until you are next to a chest with the final
pearl. Teleport back and put the pearl in the hole in the wall. The next
teleporter will take you to the center where another teleporter whisks
you away to an area north of the maze, the entrance to the ship.
THE SUNKEN SHIP
Goal: Talk to Demon
You enter the ship and find yourself in a room with two exits to the
north. Either one takes you to a huge room in the center of the ship.
The far west side of this room is a altar of healing. You need a gold
coin to get in. The far east is a room with the demon the wizard told
you about. The demon wants eight hearts, which you get by killing the
sailors on the ship. You get four on the first level and four on the
upper level. You may want to wait until you have all the hearts before
talking to the demon to save trips back and forth.
The north east door of the great hall is opened by pulling the anchor
switch. Inside the room are seven switches. Pull them all. You can now
enter seven doors off the hall.
The south east door leads to the stairs going up. Save them for after
you finish clearing level one.
Somewhere near the western end of the great hall are two doors facing
each other. They are opened or closed by a pressure plate. To hold down
the plate, put a bag on rocks on it. Take them off to enter the opposite
door. Both rooms are identical. They have a teleporter and a wall
switch. Two pebbles will be on the floor. Get them, pull the switch,
enter the teleporter. Put a pebble on each pressure plate in the room
you have arrived in, then step in the teleporter to get sent back to the
hallway. Only one teleporter does this. The other keeps you in the room.
You can now get into four rooms at the west side of the ship.
Now go upstairs. To the east of the ship is a area with rooms and
chests. A hidden room can be accessed by fining an illusory wall near
the area where a rolling rock is standing in a side room. Enter the
wall, throw the switch and two rocks roll onto plates, opening up the
hidden room to the far east.
The middle section of the ship has a large room with four blocks in the
center. Push them onto the four plates in each corner. This opens a door
to the north that leads to the captain's quarters. On the way watch out
for the rolling rock. There are alcoves you can jump in to let the rock
The captain's quarters is in a hidden area. You can only reach it by
stepping on the pressure plate in the center of the room. A wall to the
north opens. Go into the south room, pull the wall switch. Do the same
to the north room and a west wall will start to open and close. Enter
and find a suit of shell armor and some other stuff. The suit is the
best one so far. It looks goofy, though.
Go back and talk to the demon, give him the hearts. Now that you've
accomplished that and found out what you need to do in the game, go back
into the sea maze.
The north west corner of the sea maze is the exit leading to the
underground city. That's the best way to go.
THE UNDERGROUND CITY
Quest Items: Heartstone, Sun Disc, Trumpet of Earthen Quake
This place is pretty creepy. If you came out of the sea onto the land
pier you will enter the city from the East. If you go in from the
Gryphon Keep side you will enter South. At the South entrance is an NPC
who will tell you the story of the city. It is haunted by some horrible
monsters. The Blood Spawn are especially tough. There are two other
exits to this place. North is the Exit to the Elder Tree. West takes you
to the Barrier.
If you enter from the East follow the outer wall south until you get to
the south entrance. This is a good starting point. Talk to the weird
looking man. Following along the outer walls is usually safe. No
monsters are around there unless they chase you there. The only threat
are Iron fist spells which fly along a set path. These are easy to
avoid. You can use a reflecting pool spell to deflect them anyway.
There are two levels to this place. A huge main level with lots of
buildings to explore and a small mine level where you will find the
heartstone needed for your quest. Worry about the mine later. Save it
Throw away the Sea Conch if you want to. It's no longer needed.
Since most of this dungeon is pretty cut and dry I will only describe
the tricky parts. The main thing to remember is look for illusory walls,
all picks stuck in walls are switches and be careful of those monsters.
Like the sea maze, there are teleporters at each side of the dungeon,
next to the exits, that will take you to the other side of the city. The
altars are in two separate areas. The Health Altar is in a open area
surrounded by a lot of monsters. It's near the center, north of the
Enclave Area. You can just ignore the monsters and heal up if you are
desperate. They don't immediately attack you unless you face them. The
Mana altar is slightly north of the West exit. You need an Amethyst Hex
key to get in. This is found in a house nearby, surrounded by four
pressure plates. (See description below)
We'll start with the south entrance and work our way around in no
particular order. There are plenty of other places I don't describe
here. Make sure you check everyone. Don't leave any section of the map
Directly to the north of the south entrance is an area I call the
Enclave. It is a large walled off area full of houses. The entrance has
rolling rocks and spikes guarding it. Go straight through, watching out
for the rocks and fire spells. You will find the place has lots of
houses. Directly north of the entrance is the first place you should
enter. Here are a couple Sword Thanes (like the one's guarding Gryphon
Keep) inside. One of them will drop a gold skull key when you kill him.
To the west of this room is another room opened by a pressure plate. A
messenger will be guarding it. Kill him and take his hat. These hats are
the best headgear in the game until you get the knight's armor, so throw
away that stupid seashell helmet. An adjoining room is entered by
stepping on the pressure plate again. Inside you will find a sun disc.
This is an important item you will need later on.
Two houses on either side of the enclave have pressure plates. They take
one rock each. Now go around the enclave and clean out the other houses.
The one locked by the gold skull key has a flame shooting crossbow
inside. It's helpful against blood spawn. Especially when you enter the
rolling rock house I describe later.
Finished with the enclave? Okay, let's now go north of there to the
healing altar. It's in an open area surrounded by what looks like square
pillars. There are a lot of monsters here, so be careful. It's also a no
magic zone, so you will have to use your weapons on the beasties. If you
don't look at them, they usually won't attack, so if you are desperate
for healing, just ignore them and head for the altar. One of the
quivering pool monsters will drop an ankh when you kill him. This is
needed to enter a house near the east exit. If you don't get an ankh in
this area, you will probably get it from another quivering pool
elsewhere. They are really small, so pay close attention to the ground.
To the east of the enclave, just south of the altar area, is a house
that must be opened with a blue tear key. Inside a rolling rock moves
across your path. Monsters block your away ahead. You have to kill them
without stepping in the way of the rock which will clobber you. The
Inferno weapon comes in handy here. Also, the throwing star you found in
the sea maze that comes back to your hand. Another method is just step
up when the rock passes, take a whack at the monster, then step back.
When the monsters are dead, go into the far room and throw a wall
switch. This will open a door in the hall where the rock is rolling back
and forth. Go right, raid the chest, then return to the switch, throw it
again, and go left down the hall when the rock passes to find another
chest. You will find an hour glass artifact that comes in real handy
In the South East corner of the city is a house with three pick switches
in its walls and a teleporter blocking the door. Fire spells keep
starting periodically. Wait for the fires to die down. Go to the
west/left switch. Pull it, then go to the east/right switch, pull it.
The teleporter will have vanished. Then, pull the middle switch and
enter. There are illusory walls directly in front of you. Behind them
are some chests.
Next door is a house with a rolling rock sitting motionless between two
pressure plates. Nearby is a chest with a key and a wall switch. Get the
key, throw the switch. Open the locked door with the key and you will
see a rock rolled away to reveal a chest. Raid the chest, go back to the
switch, throw it again and return to find another chest revealed.
Near the East exit is a big house requiring an ankh key. There is a hole
in the wall next to the door and a speaking statue. Use the ankh to
enter, go to the door that has a wall switch next to it in the north
east of the place. Throw the switch, enter and you will see a pressure
plate. Step on the plate four times and it will open the other doors.
Two rooms are empty. Two have monsters. One has a chest with another
North East of the city, next to the Ankh house is a house opened by a
blue tear key. Entering you will see two pressure plate doors and a door
opened by a wall switch. The wall switch opens the center door which
only leads outside. The north room has a chest containing the Trumpet of
Earthen Quake. The south room has a sleepy imp inside. Talk to him then
leave the room and shut the door. Now, without entering the room again,
step on the plate and open the door. Use the hourglass you found to stop
time. Enter the southern room and you should see the imp sleeping with a
thought bubble over his head. Wait for the time spell to wear off and
you will learn the spell of Fire Haven.
Slightly west of the south exit is a house with two closed doors and a
stone block. Destroy the block with your sword and the doors will open.
The door farthest away from the block may need coaxing. Step on and off
the plate until it opens up. You can check it with your map.
Near the West exit is a house surrounded by four pressure plates. Put
one rock filled bag (8 to 10 rocks per bag) on three of the plates. You
should have three bags by now. On the fourth plate place a stone block.
Now you can enter the house. If you don't have enough rocks or blocks,
then try entering anyway. A spinner will make it really hard but if you
keep trying you will eventually get in. It took me a long time when I
tried it without the rocks. Inside you will find the Amethyst Hex key
needed to get to the Mana Temple.
The Mana Temple is slightly north of the west entrance. You need the
Amethyst Hex key to enter. There will be blood spawn guarding the place
and it is a no magic zone.
Near the North Entrance is a house opened by a steel circle key. This
house contains a great sword, the best weapon you will find up to this
point in the game. It can cause up to 16 points in damage. So I
recommend you start using it.
In the North West section is the entrance to the mine. It's a wood
building with a rock rolling in front of the entrance. But before you
enter, next to this building are two rows of small houses. Explore them
and you will find a little girl. Talk to her before entering the mine.
Back to the mine. Fight your way past two blood spawn to the stairs. The
stairs lead down. You will find you way blocked by a collapse. Use the
Heavenly Mend spell to raise all fallen debris. You will find a miner
near the entrance. He is the father of a little girl NPC you can find
upstairs. The miner will tell you about the heart stone and give you a
tool for finding it. Once you have the stone you can leave the mine.
It's not worth exploring as there are a lot of zones that steal your
mana points and no treasure. You'll also fight Jesters, who are a pain
in the butt. You may want to use the Reflecting Waters spell to avoid
getting hit by their screaming skulls when you're not looking.
Here is the directions to the heartstone if you want to get there
without too much bother.
Go south of the miner, take the first left, heading east, take the
second right, heading south, go around the bend heading south. The next
right and you will see the stone stuck in the south wall. Take it and
get the hell out of there. It's not worth hanging around.
Once you are finished with the underground city you will have one green
leaf key left. Throw it away. Some programmer made a mistake in the
game. Now head out the north exit and you will face the Elder Tree.
THE ELDER TREE/THE LAND OF ROOTS
Quest Items: Dragon Amber, Hallowed Staff of Elder Wood
Now that you've beat the underground city, you should have the Trumpet
of Earthen Quake in your possession. Head toward the tree and you will
see the bridge is up, turn right and keep going until you see a big rock
holding back the sea. Use the trumpet. You can now enter the Elder Tree.
Once you enter the tree, you can get rid of the trumpet. You don't need
The Healing Altar is just outside the entrance room, to the west. There
is no Mana Altar in this Dungeon.
This place is divided into the ground floor called the Land of Roots,
which is rather large, and the Elder Tree, which is a series of small
floors leading up to the top. You need to go to the top floor before you
do anything else.
When you enter the tree, you start out in a room with a door to the
north and a teleporter east and west. Go east to the teleporter that
takes you to the stairs. Go north to the stairs, fight your way to the
top. The Fungus Man and Earthbile monsters will poison you and there are
no poison cure bottles on the way, so use your stash sparingly.
The floors with the Fungus Men are a trap. There are hidden alcoves
behind illusory walls where fungus men lie in wait. When you get
attacked by a fungus man coming at you from the front, wait for him to
come to you. DON'T stand in front of those illusory walls or you will be
slammed from three sides! Kill the Fungus man and run for the stairs. If
you really want to fight the others, go ahead, but you can bypass these
levels once you reach the top. You don't need to come back this way.
At the fourth floor you will see a pressure plate. Drop a bag of rocks
on it and a wall opens up. You will get an Earthen Rot Spell inside a
chest there. Now go up to the top and exit the tree. Turn to face the
west and the tree spirit will appear. She will give you a wand of
healing called the Hallowed Staff of Elder Wood. This thing makes your
healing spells a lot more effective when you hold it.
Now go back into the tree and take the teleporter to the second floor
and head for the Land of Roots. You're ready to finish off the rest of
Okay, let's start from the stairs and work our way back to the entrance.
South of the stairs is a rolling rock that keeps entering a teleporter
and coming back around. Wait for it to pass then enter the teleporter.
It should take you west of it. If not try again, then move out of the
way so you don't get clobbered by the rock.
Due North West of the stone teleporter is a illusory wall facing a north
passage. Enter and go to through the other illusory wall. Be aware that
a spinner will trick you and make you face the opposite direction, so
watch the map window on the lower corner of your screen. When your
direction turns you can back up into the wall, or just turn yourself
around again. Heal the root you find hidden away in there. Now go south
the way you came, then west.
There will be a door with a teleporter nearby. Enter the teleporter and
you will find yourself in the room behind the door. When you're finished
you should have a stone claw key. Step on the plate and you will be let
Go south of there to find the room needing the stone claw key. The place
is large and full of fungus men. West of this room is an illusory wall
where a big rock rolls in and out. Follow the rock and you will find
another root to heal.
Back through the stone teleporter until you are back where you started.
Head due east, then south down a twisty passage. When it comes to the T
crossing, go east. You will enter a room with spikes and a rolling rock.
Navigate around the rock and head north, turn east then go down another
long passage, being careful to avoid another rolling rock. At the end
are some chests with some useful stuff and another root. Now go slightly
north and enter an illusory wall on the east. There is a teleporter
inside. Take it.
You will find yourself in a room in the North East section of the map.
It goes in a circle around a area with no door. There are four pressure
plates in this area. One of them will move when you step on it. Weigh
this one down with a bag of rocks. Now repeat on plate, using blocks
when you run out of bags. Go back to the first bag and pick it up. A
door wil open in the wall. Kill the earthbile, raid the chests and heal
After retrieving your bags from the plates, enter the illusory wall and
go around the teleporter. You will find another root to heal. Once
you're done with it, you can enter the teleporter and make your way back
to that T crossing.
Go west, young man, but the passage will turn south. Go all the way
south till you come to a room with four teleporters in it. The front two
blink on and off. Wait for them top blink off then step into the back
teleporters. You will find yourself in either a passage with a chest or
a hall with a root to heal. Whatever, do your thing then reenter the
teleporter and get to the other hall. When you're done, teleport out of
there by reentering the 'porters until you are able to leave the room.
Head north and face the east door that needs a copper sun key. You
should have found one in the teleporter room. Open the door and do your
thing. You will find a illusory wall to the south. Put a bag on rocks on
it and it opens a wall in the main room, revealing a chest. The chest
has some armor that's better than the Sea Shell stuff, but just as goofy
looking. Don't worry. There's some fly armor coming up later in the
Now head west again. In an area where blue fires sprout you will see a
door to the south opened by a pressure plate. That's the entrance room.
You want to pass it for now and keep going west. Take a north west route
first. It leads eventually to a passage that heads south over two
pressure plates. Step on the first one and a wall opens up nearby. Go
inside, do your thing. Explore the rest of this small area, and so on.
Due west of the entrance you will come to a shut door. South of there is
an area with pressure plates and a block. Cast a Reflections on the Lake
spell and push the block all the way west. The door will now be open.
Talk to the purple rock and you will be almost be finished with this
In the south west corner of the dungeon there is a shut door and two
pressure plates. Step on them to open the door. Heal the root inside.
East of this door is an area with a rolling rock. Moves north and south
in front of an illusory wall. Go inside and get some block figurines.
They'll come in handy later on.
Okay, you're almost done. Go back to the entrance room and take the
teleporter to the dragon (the western 'porter). Put the ruby shard you
found earlier into the hole in the wall next to a door and get the jar
out of the chest. Now Click on the ornate hole in the wall where the
dragon comes out and say it's name. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE JAR ON YOUR
CURSOR ICON when you do this. A dragon comes out and spits amber. Gather
it up with the jar on your cursor. You now have the second quest item
the demon mentioned. Put it away with the heartstone.
Now leave the tree through the way you entered. You are not ready to
cross over into desolation yet. Go back to the underground city and take
the west exit. Head for the Barrier.
Quest Items: Spring Equinox Disc
Before you enter this place, turn right and go into the ruined house.
You will find an old man there who wants to trade with you. Buy
everything he has. You will get some useful items. Now head back to the
This place is a simple maze. You can cut straight through it once you
solve the place, but first you need to deal with some headaches. The
monsters here are the hilarious Clansmen, who sound like Scotty on Star
Trek, and the Colossal Baboons who are no laughing matter.
You can avoid the baboons by freeing their king. But to do that you have
to fight a bunch of clansman. The main goal here is gather up four ivory
lion keys and place a stone block on each of the four pressure plates
found at each corner of the dungeon.
When you enter the East entrance of the place you find dying warrior who
tells you the tale of the place. Past him to the west is a door opened
by a switch on the wall. This will lead to an area with a spinner. There
are four directions you can go in this spinner area. Go north. It takes
some getting used to but eventually you can do it without a lot of
Due east of the north door in the next room is a Healing and Mana Altar.
Now, you can go north, east, or west when you enter the north door.
Unless you need to use the altars, go north.
The first room you enter has a side passage to the west full of stone
blocks. Destroy the first block and you will see an illusory wall. Enter
and follow the passage around. When you come out the other side, push
the block in front of you north onto a pressure plate. Now destroy the
block to the west. You can then enter a secret area and find members of
the resistance. Take four stone block figurines from the chests in
there. They're needed for this level.
Go back past the blocks and head north. West is an area with lots of
plates. Cast a reflections on the lake spell and walk over the plates
until the door to the west opens. Go inside and find the withered hand
key and the first plate you need to weigh down. Put a block on it.
Before you explore anymore of the north section, go back to the spinner
and head through the south door. Either fight or avoid the baboon that
you see, but head due south of the door until you find a Green Baboon
behind a force field. He's their king. Talk to him, then use the
withered hand key to free him. All the baboons will vanish from the game
and you will not have to fight them. If you want to fight them, save the
king for last.
Behind the king are some chests. One of them has the Spring Equinox
disc. Put it away with the sun disc and the other quest items.
Go north again and finish off the north area. Heading west of the North
door, you will find more chests. Heading east, past the altars, you will
come to a twisty passage that heads North East. When it dead ends, fine
the switch that opens a wall. Cast a Reflections on the Lake spell and
move through the next area as fast as you can. There are doors that open
and shut in the walls. If you move fast you can catch them all before
they close. When you see the pressure plate, put a block on it.
Now go through the south door again.
Head east. You will come to an area with a row of plates. Walk over the
plates then put a bag of rocks on the first plate. Find the SE corner
plate and put a block on it.
Now head west. The SW plate is in a hidden area. Find an illusory wall
on the south wall. Behind it is a teleporter. It will take you to the
area with the SW plate. Put a block on the SW plate and one rock on the
other plate to activate an escape 'porter. Now head down the south west
passage and you will come to an area where four doors need four ivory
lion keys. You should have three by now. A Clansman will drop the fourth
one when you kill him. Open all four doors and throw all four switches.
The blocks you put in the four corners opened inner doors here. If you
failed to place any of the blocks, these doors will be closed.
Throwing the switches opens the way due west. Go back to the spinner.
Head west. Unlock the first door then throw all the switches you see on
the way out. These turn off spinners.
You are now across the scar and ready for the Temple of the Moon.
THE TEMPLE OF THE MOON
Quest Items: Tears of the Weeping Moon, Three Soul Houses
Leaving the Barrier, head due west until you see some strange rock
formations, like dark fingers. Turn north and you will see a white
towered city. Head straight for it. It's the Temple of the Moon.
This place is on three levels. The main level is large. There are two
floors above which are slightly smaller. The South Eastern exit leads to
the City of the Dead where you need to go after finishing this place
When you enter the temple, a blank scroll will be on the floor. Pick it
up and click on the floating pen in front of you. It will answer your
questions by writing on the scroll. You need a blank scroll for each
question and these you will find throughout the first floor of this
In the next two rooms are chests. One has an iron mark. The other has a
blank scroll. North is a door to a long hallway where a rolling rock
moves east and west. Another hall just like it runs parallel to the
north. Destroy the blocks in-between so you can avoid getting hit. I'll
refer to these halls as the north and south halls. The south being the
one closest to the entrance.
Wait for the rock to roll East then walk West down the South Hall. On
the way you can enter a room to the south by hitting the wall switch. In
there you'll find a gold Ankh key.
Keep on going west. Before the hall ends you'll see an illusory wall to
the north. Inside is a chest and two harpys.
At the west end of the south hall is a door with a switch on the wall
and a plate om front of it. Weigh down the plate with a bag of rocks.
Then throw the switch. The door will open. Now go around the room
turning on every wall switch you see. There will be an area where you
will see some pressure plates. Ignore that for a second. You will see a
side room with a Lightning Wild spell roving the hall. Cast a
Reflections on the Lake spell and go into this other room and search it.
After making a circle of the rooms and turning on all the wall switches,
you can take back your rocks bag without exiting the room. Go to the
area with two pressure plates in an alcove. Step on the plates, back and
forth until you see another area next to this one has opened up. Weigh
down that plate with two rocks. A secret passage will open up nearby
with a chest inside.
In the Southwest corner is a room opened by an opal moon key. You should
have got the key off of one of the monsters you killed while combing the
area. Inside there is a side passage with a pressure plate in front.
Step on the plate, wait for the fire spells to wear off, the go inside
and get a soul house. You will need this later. Search the rest of the
area, then go out into the main room and look for the teleporter that
came up when you hit a wall switch. This will take you to the east side
of the south hall.
Before you explore this area to much, go into the south hall and raid
the room next door, which is opened by a wall switch. Now return to the
South East area and raid any chests you find. To the south is a
teleporter in a hallway. Keep entering it until you are on the other
side and able to enter the room. The first time another teleporter will
block you way. This will be gone the next time. It is activated by a
plate you are standing on.
Once you are in this room you will see an east, west and south door.
Ignore the south door because that leads to the City of the Dead and you
aren't going there yet. Go to the East door. One of the monsters you
kill will drop an opal moon key. Raid the chests then go to the West
door and open it with the key. You will find a second Soul house in a
chest in this room. Take it.
Now, go to the North Hall and avoid the rock. Go all the way to the west
door leading north. The East door can only be opened from the inside.
Use the Gold Ankh key to get in.
You will find yourself in a room leading to the tower stairs. In the
North of this area is a Healing Altar. Find the stairs and head up.
The second floor is pretty simple. You come up the stairs and find a
teleporter to either side of you. It doesn't matter which one you take.
They both go to an identical room where two harpies will attack you.
Choose which one you want, kill the harpies and make for the hall
directly south. The teleporter you se in these rooms takes you back to
A long hall goes east and west. Go East all the way and enter a southern
area. You will see a room off to the East. It opens by pulling the Cross
shaped wall switch. Inside is a Mana Altar and two chests. Go down the
south hall, step on a pressure plate and it opens a wall to the north
hiding a chest with the third Soul House. You now have all of them.
Continue south down the hall and the last room has something called the
Sacred Sipher in it. You need this bottle so don't forget it. Read the
note on the floor.
Go all the way west down the hall, ignoring the center southbound hall
for a moment. You will enter an area were a rolling rock opens and shuts
a door. Go in the door and follow the rolling rock to your right as it
enters a teleporter. You will find yourself in a room with a chest. In
the chest is a powerful weapon.
Now, return to the main hall and go to that center south bound hallway.
Wait for the teleporters to blink off them move down that hall as fast
as you can. At the end is an illusory wall. Enter it and raid the chest.
Now go up the nearby stairs.
He third floor is a series of doors and teleporters leading to the
Oracle. You need eight gold coins and two iron marks to get through
them. The first bunch of doors take one coin each. The last door takes
an iron mark on either side. Take the teleporter and look for an
illusory wall. Inside is a room where the Oracle weeps. Talk to her,
holding the sipher in your cursor. When she weeps, move the sipher to
the tears and click. When you see the Sipher become blue you now have
the tears of the Moon. Put it away with the rest of your quest pieces.
Now head for the exit to the City of the Dead. It's in that hall in the
South West of the first floor. The south passage. You will enter into a
bend. An illusory wall will be to your west. Put a block on the plate
behind it, then step into the teleporter.
You should be in a room leading out to the City of the Dead. Near the
door, if you are playing one of the male characters, you will see
Foxwen, the blonde woman, dying from a bunch of arrows. She will tell
you to look for Nula in the City of the Dead. If you are playing one of
the women, you won't see anything in the alcove.
THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Quest Items: The Soul of the Warrior, The Knight's Armor, Anti-Poison
This place is on two levels. The ground floor is a necropolis, a city of
the dead. But many tombs have stairs leading to underground areas. The
Lurking Stench monsters are poisonous, but you will find a poison proof
shield in this maze, which will make you invulnerable to poison once you
start using it.
If you have any Wyvern Blood flasks left, this is a good place to use
them. The Tormented Souls that hang around this place shoot arrows at
you from far away. It can get real annoying. Lightning Wild spells seem
to hurt them badly, though, so you may want to fire off some now and
Go around the path and head south. Explore the three southern tombs
first and the game will be easier. The one closest to the entrance in
the south west has two stairs leading down. You will find yourself in a
huge area with a bunch of Infernal Bones standing over armor and
weapons. At the far south of this area is a throne. In front of the
throne is a shield that will make you 100% invulnerable to poison. Start
using this shield. There is also an axe that casts Raging Hero spells.
Take what you want, but most of the armor and weapons in this dungeon
are stuff your probably threw away earlier.
The next tomb to the south of the City is a small one. You will find a
portable chest inside. If you are playing a woman character, it will
have a Fall Equinox disc inside. If you are playing a man, it will be
The tomb in the South East corner is very important. In the center is
the blue knight. Do not take his soul yet. Talk to him. Do not open the
chest south of him. Leave it for later. You can raid the other two
chests if you want. Go through an illusory wall to the east and down
some stairs. You will find the fourth disc (Moon Disc) in a chest. You
now have a complete set.
Now, head north along the easternmost wall of the city from the blue
knights tomb. Throw a switch and open a north wall. Beware of the
rolling rock. You will see a stone block to your left. Destroy it and
throw a switch. Keep moving north. You will see a pressure plate in an
alcove to your left. Put a stone block on it (or a rock bag). Now go
around to the west side of this tomb and enter. You will find an
illusory wall on the inner east side in an alcove. Enter and take the
stairs down. You will find the evil spirit the blue knight talked about.
Talk to this clown, then take his soul. Drop the soul house on the
floor, because you won't need it. Enter the room to the north. Talk to
the lady ghost. Do NOT take her soul. Let her go. Now, return to the
blue knight's tomb. Tell him what happened then take his soul. You can
get rid of the third soul house. It's not needed. You know have another
quest item. Store it away. Go ahead and take the armor in the chest now.
It was cursed before. Now it is the best armor you will find in the
game. It also looks a lot better than any other armor (I like the War
Armor the best, but it's wimpy). Too bad they don't have a dry cleaners
in this world. The blood stains are annoying.
Anyway, you can now explore the city anyway you like. Here are
descriptions of the more tricky tombs.
NW of the City is a healing altar. A few paces east of there is a Mana
Altar. Both are at the north. A few more paces east of the Mana altar is
an exit to an outside viewing area, where you can look at the scar. You
will meet Nula there if you are playing a male character. She will give
you the Fall Equinox disc. If you are playing a woman character, no one
will be there.
South of the healing altar is a tomb. There is a illusory wall on its
east side that leads to a complex area. Take the stairs down, get all
the rocks you can from the chest and surrounding area. A plate in the
floor opens a wall. Go in and ignore the plate near the east wall. Put a
bag on rocks on each of the two plates in the side passage and enter the
teleporter. You are now in a room with four pressure plates. Put one
rock on each plate, then step through the 'porter. Take your rock bags
off the two plates and you can now enter the area. Near one of the
chests is a spinner. Make sure you are facing the right way. It has a
ruby shard. Now go back to the door with the hold next to it and load in
the ruby shard. You will get a wand of unmaking which is a very powerful
weapon. Save it for the nasty monsters later in the game.
Just south of the NW area is a graveyard. One of the monsters will drop
a Onyx Raven key that'll let you into a tomb nearby.
The rest of this place is pretty simple. Just look for illusory walls
and you won't miss a thing.
When you're done, go back into the Temple and take the 'porter to your
left. You will be taken to the exit of the temple.
THE EYE OF CLAY/SANCTUARY
Quest Items: The Sacrifice of Clay
After finishing the Temple and Necropolis, you will have four white
discs. Go back to that area where the strange rock formations sprout up
and walk around. It goes in a circle. To the side are four altars with
round holes. Put the discs in the holes until you have filled all four
You will also see a stranger hiding behind a rock. Talk to him and take
the Wreath of Hallowed Leaves. You'll need this at the end of the game.
Keep walking around and you will find a center area. When you walk into
it after putting all the discs in you will be transported to Sanctuary.
This is a weird place but rather simple to explore. On the north walls
are six dragon imprints. To the south is a door that looks like an eye.
East and West are four teleporters.
You need to enter each of the teleporters and get the dragon pieces,
then place them on the dragon imprints to open the doors to the Eye of
Clay. Let's deal with the teleporters one by one.
To the East are two 'porters. One is in a recessed area the other is
not. The same as in the west side.
Eastern Non-Recessed 'porter: This takes you to an area with shifting
walls. Just keep moving ahead into what looks like hallways before you.
Eventually you will come across three chests. The exit is behind a
illusory wall with a plate in front of it. Stepping on the plate causes
a 'porter to appear behind the wall (or disappear).
Eastern Recessed 'Porter: You end up in a big room with a pressure plate
at one side. Step on the plate to open a wall in the north. Beware of
fires and flying fists. Enter the two 'porters behind the wall to get to
the two chests.
Western Non-Recessed Porters: This area has a bunch of plates between
walls. Rolling rocks patrol along the far walls. You must weave yourself
around the center walls, walking across the plates as if you were sewing
a thread. This will open two doors on one side and one on the other.
Three chests await.
Western Recessed 'Porter: Save this one for last. It takes you to an
area where a Mana and Health Altar are. Stepping on the plate will
create a Jester to fight you. Finish your business then teleport out.
Now enter this 'porter again and you will be in a new area. This place
has a plate that requires one rock. It opens a door to a chest.
Teleporting out you will end up back in the altar room. Using that
escape porter takes you to a north/south hall with a porter at each end.
Go into the north porter, but beware of the spinner that will try to
make you head south. You will arrive before the final chest and get the
last dragon piece.
Once all pieces are in place, you can enter a hallway to the north. Open
the door to the west and raid the chests. Now go east and follow the
twisty hallway around. You will see a rolling rock and an illusory wall.
Pass through the wall and keep going. Beware of spinners. Eventually you
will come to a teleporter. Take it and talk to the tree in the north.
Now that you have the sacrifice of clay, teleport out. Nearby is a
porter in a recessed area. Take it to the exit.
You can now cross over to desolation and the last stage of the game. The
way you take is up to you. I list both methods below. If you choose
Gorge Keep, just go back to the Temple of the Moon, but turn north right
before you enter the gates. Follow along the path, enter a waterfall on
the way to pick up a spell, then make your way to the keep. You will see
Brice, the big bearded guy crucified in front of the keep if you are not
If you choose to go through the Reed Plain, cross back over the scar on
either the Ward Bridge or the Barrier. Go back to the top of the Elder
Tree. Move north and the tree will bend and take you across the Scar. It
will only do this if all the roots were healed earlier.
THE REED PLAIN (optional)
Goal: Cross the place to get to the Iron Titan
This area is optional, but if you cross into desolation from the Elder
Tree, you have to pass through it. There are a lot of Slog Riders and a
few Will O' Wisps here, but you can move in any direction. Beware of
hidden spikes in the reeds. The only things to find here are the spell
of unmaking in a chest surrounded by spikes and Skaracs. Skaracs are
scorpion things. You only need one. When you exit at the north west side
you'll come to a bridge guarded by a two headed giant. Talk to him and
you'll eventually find the skarac to be useful.
GORGE KEEP (optional)
Goal: Cross the Scar to get to the Iron Titan.
If you decide to cross into desolation through Gorge Keep get ready for
a fight. This place is good for racking up fight and spell points
because it is full of enemies. The layout is really simple and there are
no heavy tricks to the place. Enter and you find yourself in a huge room
full of Slog Riders. This room is a magic free zone, so you can't use
spells. You have to fight. Run if you have to or choose a corner and
fight them one by one. To the north is a long hall leading to the other
exit. But it's useless to go that way until you have raised the
portcullis. Enter to the east of the large room and go all the way
north. Kill all the guards until you get a key. Take that key back to
the large room and enter the western area. Go north and find a chest
with a glowing ember inside. Take that to the south eastern room where a
man is encased in ice. Drop it on the floor. He will give you a key when
he thaws out. Go north to the one room you couldn't get into before. Use
the wooden dowel you should have found earlier and insert it in the
mechanism. Move it all the way to the left. Also throw all the switches
on the wall to turn off the spinners. Now you can make it to the north
exit. But get ready to fight three messengers waiting for you.
THE IRON TITAN
Quest item: Invincible Iron
This three level area is one of the most complex of all the dungeons. It
is also full of some nasty monsters and traps. It's the first dungeon to
have pits, so watch your step. The monsters here are poisonous, so start
using the anti-poison shield when you enter this joint.
This place is really tough to get through and a nuisance to back out of,
so make sure you have all the quest items you need before trying on this
maze. The only things you won't have by now are the Wood and the Iron
for the chest. These you get here and the next dungeon.
Okay, upon entering you will see a big area to the north with lots of
blocks and four pressure plates. It's kind of a simple puzzle. You want
to push the blocks next to the plates onto the plates, which creates
teleporters. Then push the remaining blocks into each of the teleporters
and step through. This will take you to four separate rooms with
pressure plates. Push the blocks onto the plates and take the escape
'porters outta there.
This will open up some halls around the rest of the first floor. Before
you weigh the blocks down, there will be holes in the floor that will
drop you down below. Unless you want to deal with that, just push them
The puzzle is simple. To the north and south of the plates are the
blocks you push on them. The other four blocks go into each of the
teleporters that appear. Shove them on the plates in those rooms.
Straight to the north of the entrance is a giant head coming out the
floor. Talk to him and hear his story. He needs you to use a magic
immersion spell to free him. But the area he is in is a no magic zone.
There is a switch to the east that will shut it off. Go into the east
hall and follow it around to the north. On the way you will come across
a pressure plate that opens up a room with two altars in it.
To the west is some chests with goodies and a cube of magic immersion
maker. For some weird reason, if you use the cube sitting on the floor,
another will appear. I always do it just because it may have some
purpose in the game.
Shrink the big guy's head, then walk past him and head for the stairs. A
lot of blocks will be in your way. Either push them or destroy them.
After the first block you will find an illusory wall. It leads to a room
full of stamina potions. You may want to use them to help you with the
blocks, but I never bother.
Now head down to the second floor.
First, go north until you have to turn right past four closed doors. A
rolling rock will be in this area. You will see a south passage near the
fourth door. Go down it. Put a bag of rocks on the pressure plate, then
throw the switch on the wall. This will shut of the no magic zone on
this level. Now walk past the plate and take your bag back.
Go back to the south. The hall wraps around and you will see a hole in
the floor. A plate in an alcove closes the hole. Go into the illusory
wall and shrink the giant's torso the way you did before. Now go back to
the hall and keep on going west. It will curve like a snake. Beware of
holes in the floor that open and close and spinners. On the way you will
see a mana altar. Eventually you will come to a room with a plate in the
center and four pebbles on the floor. Pick up the pebbles. Step on the
plate. A teleporter will appear. Step into it. Drop a pebble on the
plate where you appeared. Enter the escape 'porter and repeat until you
have visited four separate rooms and weighed down four plates.
Now make your way back to the area to the north east where the four
closed doors were (and the switch). The doors will be open. The first
three have chests. The fourth takes you to a Packrat's lair. This is the
only Packrat I found in the game. If you find any others, let me know at
the above e-mail address.
Now you can go to the third level. Pass the shrunken body. You will
enter a room with lightning wild tornadoes and rolling rocks. Do a
reflections on the lake spell and find the chest to the north. The
stairs down are in the west.
The third and final level is pretty easy. Explore all the rooms you can
until you have five iron dragon keys. The monsters down here are Swarm
Maidens. I found the Fountain of Scorching Vapors spell kicks their ass.
Usually only one does the trick. You should have got that from the guy
in the waterfall in front of Gorge Keep.
Anyway, after you have all the keys you can unlock the five doors
leading to the exit. On the way you will pass a room with two altars.
Take the stairs up and up. When you reach the first level a messenger
will attack you. He will drop a Soul Link spell when you kill him.
Now head out the door and straight for the land with the hand.
Quest Items: The Sword "Soul Wrought", Wood from the Wicked Tree, The
Whistle of Fiery Summons, the Spell of Dance on the Stone of Winds
This place is pretty cut and dry. With won't even detail it for you.
Basically, you're going to deal with a big, one level maze full of
monsters. There are some important things to do here though, so pay
Turn on all switches you see. They look like wood knots in sticks
imbedded in the walls. Keep your eye peeled for illusory walls. There
are lots of them on this level and they hide a lot of important stuff.
The monsters here are poisonous, so keep using that anti-poison shield.
Near the entrance a messenger attacks you. He'll drop a whistle of fiery
summons. Save it for later. It's important.
Make your way to the North West first. You will find a lot of Mire
Lurks, those green snaky dudes who do bad Peter Lorre imitations. Here
you will find a lot of gold coins. You'll need them. Trust me. A big
throne area around here has two plates. If you drop a rock bag on each
one a wall opens revealing a chest with a suit of armor. This armor is
inferior to the knights armor, but it slows poison. If you have the
poison shield, you don't need it. If you want to look like a lizard man,
this armor is for you, though.
North of this area is a hidden room, behind an false wall that moves
when you put a bag of rocks on a plate (behind an illusory wall). There
are wind chimes in a chest. Get them.
Once you clean out this area, head southeast. You will find some
illusory walls and lots of Murk Elementals. Eventually you will find a
talking sword being held by two magic chains. Put money in the holes to
free it. This is the second best sword in the game and you will need it.
In the west, behind some illusory walls, is a wind elemental. With the
chimes in your possession you can understand her. She will teach you an
important spell you will need in Fire Mountain.
Finally, go to the center where the Wicked Tree is. It's surrounded by
rocks and protected by those Beast of Trung. Use the yellow sword to
chop off a piece of wood. You now have all the pieces you need to build
the dark slag container.
Head to the north east and the exit. You will end up on top of the giant
hand. Use the whistle of firey summons and you will be taken to the Dark
Lords...I mean the Warlord's tower.
Goal: Meet Black Gnarl, get him to make you the Container, find the
words of opening.
Okay, you need to go here after the Quagmire, but you've ended up on the
Warlord's doorstep instead. No problemo. Just enter the Warlord's tower.
Two Sword Thanes will attack you (and a Cacofiend, which you can ignore
for now if you like). One of the Sword Thanes will drop a gold ankh key.
Use it on the door to your right. Enter the 'porter and head for the
nearest exit. You will be facing Fire mountain. Step off the landing and
you will be teleported there. Now enter.
This place is on two levels. The first level is similar to the Barrier,
in that you need to open doors to get through the mountain so you can
reach the Anvil of the Dawn. But first you have to meet Black Gnarl and
get your container made. To enter the stairs leading down you will need
to find four iron marks and an amulet called the Sigil of Fire. You also
need to find a scroll with the Words of Opening on it. This is all
You enter in the west. To the north is an opening. This leads to two
Ahead in the east-west hall are pressure plates. These open and close
holes in the floor. You do not want to fall through these holes because
the second level is deadly hot. You need to find the Sigil of Fire
before you can go down there. So be careful. The spell the wind woman
gave you will allow you to float over holes and move faster. But when
you use this spell, make sure you aren't standing over a pressure plate
when it wears off. For some reason this is deadly.
Anyway, down the hall, to the south are two illusory walls. The first
leads to an area you need to explore. In there, behind an illusory wall,
you will find a scroll with the words of opening on it. Read the scroll
then toss it. Another hall in this area is found behind an illusory
wall. It has spinners and holes in the floor. If you can make it to the
end you will find a teleporter. It will take you to an area where you
can find the Sigil of Fire in a chest. Put it on.
Now, once you clean out this section of the map, head back down the
hall. The second south passage leads to a door that requires and iron
mark. You will need at least three of them to enter through to the
stairs leading down. So go west down the hall to the first opening in
the north. This leads to a hall of teleporters. To the east is a
illusory wall. Go down this hallway to an area where there is a spinner
that will make it really hard for you to weight down a plate in an
alcove. Do it anyway. An illusory wall in the north of this area has a
mark and some old armor. Go back to the teleporters. Enter and keep
entering them until you end up in a room to the west. You will find some
useful stuff in here.
Between the teleporters is an illusory wall to the north. Enter there,
head east then north. In the end of that hall is a room. In a south west
wall of this room is a switch that opens passages to the east and west.
The western room has some rad armor that is less powerful than the
knight's armor but it gives to 25% protection against fire spells. To
the east is a complex area with holes in the floor, and spinners. A
south passage in this section has illusory walls to east and west. Put
on a Dancing Winds Spell and float into these rooms. Put bags on the
plates until a pressure plate is revealed at the south end of the hall.
Put something on it then repeat until a second plate is revealed. After
weighing this down, two rooms open up. In one of these rooms you'll find
War Render, the best sword in the game. Use it for everything except the
Castellan, whom you'll be fighting soon.
Once you've explored all the areas you can, head back to the room with
the mark doors to the south. Put an iron mark in the hole and you'll
find another door wanting a mark. In the next to last room an illusory
wall to the south will provide the fourth mark, if you need it.
Make sure you have that Sigil of Fire on. Now go downstairs.
This part is easy. There are a bunch of infernal bones in this place to
fight. There are blocks and rocks here. Push a block on one of the
plates or roll a rock onto one. A door will open in the center of the
dungeon. There are four plates controlling four doors. You only need to
open one. Go in and find Black Gnarl. He's hard to miss. Talk to him and
he'll make you the Container.
Now head back to the Warlord's tower. By stepping off the landing in
front of fire mountain (the side you came in, west) you will end up back
at the tower.
THE WARLORD'S TOWER
Goal: Get the Dark Slag
This place is pretty simple and by now you should find it easy to kill
the monsters because you should have the best swords in the game. Two
words of warning. Watch out for holes in the floor and keep a
Reflections on the Lake spell going at all times. You will keep out of
harm that way.
The switches look like bull horns on a demon face. Pull them down
whenever you see them.
I think the best way to do this place is kill everything you see on the
first level and try to clean out every room. In the north of the first
floor you will find the barracks. Lots of Sword Thanes here. Kill them,
get the keys.
The southern barracks room has a block standing near a pressure plate.
Ignore the teleporter in the alcove. Push the block onto the plate. It
opens a door down the hall. In that room you can find Cloudburst, a
shield that helps make you immune to lightning. Though I think a
reflection spell is the best way to go.
One room in the north has a lot of pressure plates and lightning spells
going off. Cast a Reflections spell, walk over the plates until the
doors open revealing the chests. Get the key you need inside.
The altars are right off the main entrance room. They are opened by
using a wren key. You need to hit the switches on either side of the
room to reveal the wren keyholes. But you have to move fast because
rolling rocks are turning off the switches. Pull it and a door opens.
Use the key and you can get to the altars.
When you have cleaned out this place, use the pearl serpent key to open
the door in the north of the entrance hall. This reveals a teleporter
that takes you to the stairs going up. But before you can find the
stairs you have to deal with a few annoyances. Avoid the rolling rocks.
Go to the north east hallway and put a block on the plate in the alcove
east. Now walk through the illusory wall to your west and step on the
pressure plate. A wall opens revealing a door. Use the sun key to get in
and head upstairs.
On the second floor, keep your reflector spell going. You will enter a
room with three blocks and one rock. Destroy the block south of he rock
with your sword. Now get behind the rock and push it north into the
blocks above it. Now destroy the block to the east of it. Now go where
that block was and push the rock west, then south onto the pressure
plate. If you return to the hall, you will see a passage opened to the
stairs going up.
On the third floor you will find an illusory wall north of where you
come up the stairs. A switch in there opens a nearby door. Pass the gold
ankh door, and head upstairs.
On the fourth floor, fight you way to the room with the Wither Priest.
Take the key in the chest. Now return to the third level.
Go to the door, open it with the gold key. Make sure you have the golden
sword "Soulwrought" equipped as your sword. You better do a save. And
make sure you are healed up. Head north, kill the cacodemons, avoid the
rocks and find Castellan. He's the dude in the purple armor to the
north. Talk to him then get ready for a fight.
When he's dead, enter the alcove, pull the switch. In the next room you
will find the dark slag. MAKE SURE YOU ARE HOLDING THE CONTAINER WHEN
YOU PICK IT UP. MAKE SURE IT GOES INTO THE CONTAINER. The container will
be shut when it's in there. If what I just said doesn't work, try
picking it up with your hand or variations, but it must go into the
container or you will suffer.
All right. One last dungeon. Make your way to the exit and head for fire
THE ANVIL OF THE DAWN
Goal: Destroy the Dark Slag
Enter fire mountain gain. Put blocks on the pressure plates to the north
in the east west hall to open the doors leading east. Exit the mountain
and head for that light in the sky.
After crossing the ice, you come to a mountain door guarded by an
armless giant. Talk to him, then use the spell of Heavenly Mend. Now
talk to him again and say the words of opening. You will now be able to
enter the final part of this game.
Just when you think you're almost done, they throw one more obstacle in
your path...an invisible maze. This part of the game can be the most
frustrating. But I will help you through.
The first area has three exits to the east and a rolling rock that sits
on a pressure plate to the south. Throw the two switches before you
until you get the rock to the north side. Then make it go south. You
should now be able to walk through the north most eastern opening.
This part is hard to describe, but feel your way east near the north
wall, then about half way, turn south and head for that plate in the
center of the room. You have to walk about one space past it or so then
head back west all the way until you see a switch on the wall. Throw it.
Now feel your way over to the plate and step on it.
Okay, you can now feel your way south to an illusory wall. Enter and
stand a pace or two away from the ice worm. Throw that spear Steelripper
at it a few times to kill it. Or fight it with your sword if you really
want to. These things are tough, though. A Vampire Mist spell doesn't
Enter the illusory wall to the north and push the block you will
eventually see over one. Then push it east onto a plate. There is an
illusory wall to the south. Enter and you will be in a room with one
alcove and three plates. East, South, and West. Step on the east plate
and a teleporter appears in the alcove. Enter. You should be in a room
with two teleporters and a block. If only one teleporter is there, go
back to the plate room through the porter and step on the south plate.
Check your map to see if a second porter came on in that other room. If
not step back and forth on the east and south plates until one does. Now
enter that porter and push the block through the nearest porter.
Teleport into the plate room, push the block onto the east plate. Weight
down the south plate with a block or a bag of rocks and leave the area.
You can start divesting yourself of bags now. You only need two rocks
After leaving the first room, head back to that plate in the middle of
the main room and step on it again. Now work your way east of there. You
will be able to go all the way east just north of a big eastern opening.
When you hit the wall, turn north then west and enter the illusory wall
to the north. You will be in a big room after stepping on a pressure
plate to open a door. On both sides of this big room are thrones. The
old gods sat on these things. Looks like they bought their furniture at
Levitz. No variation. Anyway, ignore these areas. Go all the way east
and fight the ice worms. A chest in the back has a silver chalice. Take
Now go back to the plate in the main room and step on it two times. You
should now be able to work your way south again to another illusory wall
further east on the south wall. A teleporter on the other side takes you
to a room in a big circle. Twelve plates are in this room like numbers
on a clock. Put a rock on the north and south plates. Now walk over
every plate in the room, making a circle. A passage will open to a
teleporter to the main room. You can now work your way to the big
eastern opening. Kill the worm. Put the chalice in the hole and a door
will open. Almost there!
First, put on the wreath of hallowed leaves. Now activate a soul link
spell. Exit through the eastern door (do a save for the hell of it, you
Heading east you will meet the Warlord himself. I guess he likes hanging
out in weird ass locales. Anyway, talk to him. He will lay a Darth Vader
rap on you. Don't accept the dark side, Luke. Trust me. After talking to
him you can only do one thing. Walk to the Anvil of the Dawn.
For an alternate ending, do everything I just said, but don't wear the
wreath or use a soul link spell.
See ya in the next game!