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Act 2 - Chapter 7: The Siege of Snowbrook Haven

Primary Tasks
* Enter Snowbrook Haven through the servant's quarters
* Find the throne room and acquire the display case key
* Locate the Snowbrook Haven Commander

Secondary Quests
* Evangeline's Folly
* The Spirits of Aranna
* Arinth's Legendary Staff
* Arinth the Mad
* Lelani's Sorrow

The room Evangeline opens is full of enemies, but none that are particularly tough. Clear them out, then take the elevator up to a series of crypts. Fight your way through, looting as you go, until you exit into Snowbrook Valley. Quickly fight your way to the nearby teleporter and return to Aman'lu. Time for a side quest.


Add Princess Evangeline (Eva) to your party and equip her appropriately. Teleport to the Southern Vai'lutra Forest (South) teleporter and talk to the wounded caravan guard. He'll open Evangeline's Folly quest.

Teleport to the Western End of Arinth's Ravine. Go west, south, west and north to reach a bridge. Before the bridge, turn left (west) and go along the edge of the gap to reach a small cave. You may remember the password-protected door from Chapter 5.

This time you'll be able to get through and pick a fight with the Vai'kesh in the room and the room beyond, which contains the jailor, who is mini-boss level. After killing all the Vai'kesh, speak with Eva's soldier in the jail cell.

The next cavern in your quest is along the north side of Arinth's Ravine, so hoof it back the way you came and fight your way along the ravine to the large cavern on the north side. Enter the cave, find the door and repeat the process of killing the jailor and talking to the soldier.

The third, and final, cave is further along the ravine, so head east. When you get to the second bridge, instead of crossing, continue east to find the entrance to the cave. Enter, kill the jailor and talk to Jessic to end the quest.

Now, reform your party, refit everyone and teleport back to Snowbrook Valley. There's nothing much to see here except snow and a lot of monsters, until you get to the bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn south to enter a Frigid Cave, where you can pick up a rainbow trinket for Tywlis in Aman'lu. Go north from the bridge and ride the elevator up to the top of the tower to get the Chant of Magic Awareness.


To the east of the tower is a set of stairs leading down to an elevator that will take you to an Elven Reliquary. Use the incantation shrine to the west, then descend and talk to the spirit to get the Jeweled Shaft. Continue following the path.

When you reach the incantation shrine, you have to turn south and start climbing. You'll soon enter the Snowbrook Foothills. If you turn east once you get into the foothills, you can climb up and find the upper part of the Frigid Cave.

Take the elevator down and thoroughly search the rooms. There's the elevator to the lower half of the cave, which exits to the Valley. There are also two secret rooms, opened by switches on the walls. They should be easy to find.

To the west of the Frigid Cave is an entrance to the Snowbrook Grotto. The Grotto is a huge cavern filled with mobs and loot, but nothing particularly special now. You'll have to come back here during Act III, so skip it for now. Continue south into the foothills to reach the area teleporter.

Side quest time again. Return to Aman'lu and go see Eolanda to get Arinth's Legendary Staff put back together. If your combat mage doesn't have the Chaos Grips, the staff is pretty good. Make sure you have a combat mage of sufficient level to use Arinth's Staff, then teleport to Eirulan and on to the Lost Valley of the Azunites.


East, and just a bit north from the teleporter, you can find--if you search carefully--an elevator among some broken-down walls. Ride it down to Some Lost Elven Ruins.

The room in which you arrive has a single door on the north side. In the next room, search for a hidden switch on the wall opposite the door (north wall), to open a door to the south.

In the newly revealed room, there's another hidden switch on the wall near the door. This opens another room to the south. The hidden switch in this new room is also near the door. This opens a room to the east. Find the hidden switch in this room along the south wall.

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S) Start
A) Switch opens door #1
B) Switch opens door #2
C) Switch opens door #3
D) Switch opens door #4

You'll now be able to go down some stairs to the east, eventually arriving at an Elven Prison, where you find Arinth the Mad. Have your combat mage equip Arinth's Staff and use it to break the central pillar in Arinth's cell wall. Arinth will flee to the Temple of Istauru in the Northern Vai'lutra Forest.

Before pursuing Arinth, turn and look at the door going back to the stairs. You can click the lamp on the wall to the left and open a secret door halfway back up the stairs. Enter the room to get the Mysterious Bucket, part of the Mysterious Mystery Quest.

Summon a teleporter back to Eirulan, jump to Aman'lu and thence to the Elen'lu Isles. Enter the ruined temple and have it out with Arinth. You don't have to use his staff against him, he's vulnerable to normal attacks. He has a lot of health, but is only level 25, which, by this point in the game, should be cake for you.

In addition to some tasty loot, defeating Arinth gives all your characters two bonus skill points. That was worth the trouble, right? Rest and refit back in Aman'lu, then teleport back to the Snowbrook Foothills.


Head west, following the path. There's a square tower along the way, inside of which is the Chant of Ranged Skill. Eventually the path will turn north over a stone bridge and you'll reach Snowbrook Mountain. There's nothing to do, really, except fight your way over the mountain, through the Morden lines, until you reach the entrance to the Snowbrook Haven Servant's Quarters.

Fight through to the large room with the columns. At the north end of the room are two doors. The west door leads to an incantation shrine. Incant the Chant of the Dead and then go to the east door. Go up the stairs and through the south door. (The north door leads to the Cavern of Frost, to which you will return later.) Go in the east room to find Spirit of Aranna #8 and a Mysterious Chant.

Head west over the bridge and pick up the Lore book, Vol. 1: The Kings and Queens of the Northern Reaches. Continue west through the door and take the elevator down to the Living Quarters. Go through the door to the east and then either the north or south door to go down into the throne room.

Click the throne, take the display case key that is revealed, then fight off the rustguards that come to life around you. Head through the eastern door. Two rooms to the east you'll find a teleporter. South from the teleporter is an elevator. To the west of the elevator is a series of treasure rooms, one of which contains a mimic. Be sure to loot thoroughly before taking the up elevator.

The elevator leads up to the Snowbrook Haven Courtyard. Before heading up to the ramparts, enter the dining hall next to the stairs. Soldier Kiernan inside has a lovely Morden Head on a Pike, which he will be willing to trade you for your Statuette of Xeria. Finally, you can make a little progress in Lelani's Sorrow.

Go up top and speak to the Commander to begin the next (and final) chapter of Act II.


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