2 - Chapter 5: The Vai'kesh and the Aegis of Death
* Follow the Vai'kesh Prophet
* Continue following the Vai'kesh Prophet
* Follow the Vai'kesh Prophet along Arinth's Ravine
* Defeat the Vai'kesh Prophet and his followers
* Find the Aegis of Death
* Defeat the Knotted Shambler
* Claim the Aegis of Death
* Talk to the Azunite Scholar
* A Family Heirloom, Part II
* A Dark Ohm
Clean up the Vai'kesh mess in the sanctuary, then
start looting the place. There's a sanctuary door
(nature mage level 22) on the south wall. On the
east wall, find a button to open a secret door and
collect the Chant of Fighter Power. Then find the
button on the wall right next to the door to open
another secret room that has a mimic.
Back in the main room, find another button along
the east wall--this one on the steps behind a pillar.
In the secret room revealed you can collect the
Chant of Mage Power. Click the pedestal along the
north wall of this room to open yet another secret
room with some minor loot.
Finally, on the north wall is a sanctuary door
(ranger level 22) that has a treasure chest and
the Chant of Ranger Power. Now that the swag is
safely stored in your pockets, follow the Prophet
through the door in the center of the room.
Fight your way out of the sanctuary--look for Lore
book: Vol. 2, The Dark Wizards on a table on one
stairway--and emerge into the Vai'kesh Forest. You're
now south of the gates you passed earlier,
so turn north and open them before continuing on
the path. You'll quickly reach the Vai'kesh Forest
(North) teleporter and the entrance to a Large Vai'kesh
Fight your way through the cavern until you reach
the Vai'kesh Forest (South) teleporter. You can
find one secret room in the cavern, along the north
wall after the third large Vai'kesh fight. Search
for the secret lever to the left of the door.
Now, if you kept the heirloom sword from Thestrin's
quest in Act I, make sure it's in your Inventory.
From the Forest (South) teleporter, go south to
find a Small Vai'kesh Prison.
Enter and speak to Athelas. There's a demon encased
in a force field.
If you earlier gave Thestrin the heirloom sword,
he'll use it to break the demon's prison, then go
hide in the corner. If you kept the sword, equip
it to any character and use it to break the prison.
(You do not need to keep the sword equipped to fight
the demon.) Once the demon is destroyed, Thestrin
will flee. Speak to Athelas to get your final reward
and conclude the quest.
Head north from the prison to find the Prophet.
He'll run away (again), leaving some minions to
die for his cause. Help them fulfill their destiny,
then enter the cave from whence they came.
After defeating the Vai'kesh in the outer cave,
open the door to witness a Vai'kesh ritual. Kill
the Vai'kesh, then return to Lyssanore in Aman'lu
and teach her the chant. You'll get the Chant of
the Dead added to your Lore entries and you can
now speak to all those uncommunicative spirits throughout
Head after the Prophet. After crossing the second
bridge, turn right (west) to find a Small Vai'kesh
Cave and loot it. You can't get through the door
here, so don't worry about it. Continue south after
the path turns east, to find another cave with more
loot. You should find an onyx fragment for Eumenidie
in one of these caves. Next time you're in Aman'lu,
talk to her to finish the quest and get the viperclaw
reagent. On to the next teleporter, which is at
the western end of Arinth's Ravine.
Pass through the ravine. Look for another Vai'kesh
cavern along the north side of the ravine. There's
another locked door you can't yet pass, but some
nice loot on the outside of the door. After passing
over a bridge, you'll find a frozen cavern to the
south. This is part of Deru's Treasure Hunt, so
don’t bother with it unless she's in your
party and you've finished the first part of the
Shortly after the frozen cavern, you'll see the
Prophet again...briefly. Kill his minions and follow
after him over the bridge. (Going due east just
leads to a cavern you can't enter.) You'll soon
reach the Eastern Arinth's Ravine teleporter. From
here there are two paths that lead to the same place--the
final confrontation with the Prophet.
The Prophet calls out a horde of minions, and has
a powerful attack of his own. Your best bet is to
run back towards the teleporter and draw the minions
after you; the Prophet won't follow. Once all the
Vai'kesh are down, the Prophet is fairly easy.
He's not the boss fight for this chapter. After
the Prophet is down, explore the cave to the north
for some loot, then enter the eastern cave to face
the Knotted Shambler.
The Shambler regenerates health from the leaves
produced by the Leaf Generators scattered around.
Ignore the Shambler until you've destroyed the generators.
There are about six generators and they only show
themselves one at a time.
Once you are sure you've destroyed the generators,
concentrate on the Shambler. Hopefully, you've got
a combat mage with some fire spells, because it's
quite vulnerable to those. Avoid its pounding, overhead
attacks and keep at it until it's defeated. Then
take the Aegis of Death and speak to the Azunite
Scholar to begin the next chapter.