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Act 3 - Chapter 2: The Morden Chief

Primary Tasks
* Enter the Morden city of Darthrul
* Speak to the Morden Chief
* Defeat the Morden Chief
* Bring the head of the Morden Chief back to Lord Kalrathia

Secondary Quests
* Mythrilhorn
* Lost Jewels of Soranith
* Lelani's Sorrow
* The Kalrathian Nexus
* Spirits of Aranna
* Sartan's Suspicion
* Amren's Vision
* The Lore of Aranna
* The Mage's Apprentice
* Finala's Contempt
* The Morden Riders

Secondary questing time again. Go up to the North Wall (follow the plank past Telgrey's house) and speak to Nalus. He'll give you harpy feathers in exchange for your Agallan relic. Go to the tavern and talk to Kevarre, who will give you Soranith's Amulet to complete your set.

Teleport to Aman'lu. Go see the pet seller, who will now sell you a mythrilhorn, if you so desire. In the extreme north of Aman'lu, find the fletcher Ithir'renne and give her the harpy feathers in exchange for an Aman'lu orchid. That ought to cheer Lelani up!

Teleport back to Eirulan, head for Lelani's house next to the pet shop and give her the orchid. Lelani's trading scam is finally finished and you get a rather large pile of loot. It makes one wonder, if Lelani has that much money, why couldn't she at least rent herself a little happiness?

Now your only holdovers from earlier acts are Amren's Vision, Finala's Contempt, Spirits of Aranna and the Mark of the Assassin. You'll be taking care of the first of those pretty soon. Return to Kalrathia and leave through the East Gate.


You'll soon come to a chasm where there are three paths to choose. South leads to a dead end, but there's a hidden treasure chest. Look for the lever sticking up out of a rock. North is the Kalrathian Nexus. Enter the cavern and descend to the center. Equip the Soul Staff and beat on the big, blocky seal until it's removed.

Go ahead and run back to town and talk to Nora. She'll give you the Soulstaff of the Nexus, which is a good staff for nature mages. Head back through the Eastern Plain of Tears, aiming, this time, for the teleporter. As you pass the chasm, enter the square tower to pick up the Greater Chant of Mage Health.

Just past the teleporter is Spirit of Aranna #13, the incantation shrine is further along the path. Continuing past the ghost, if you keep on due east rather than turn north toward the shrine, you'll enter A Mysterious Cavern.

This is a step in Sartan's personal quest, so add him to your party before you go any further. Enter the cavern and loot the treasure rooms north and south. Knock on the east door and Sartan and Osric have a little sword-to-heart chat.

If Half-giants want to change the perception they are stupid oafs, they've got to stop acting like stupid oafs. So, Sartan is now tasked with freeing some prisoners, which will take place later in this chapter. Back to the main quest.

West of the incantation shrine is a square tower with the Greater Chant of Ranger Health. As you continue north, you'll enter the Ruins of Okaym. As you do, another square tower yields the Greater Chant of Fighter Health.


Just north of this tower is the fourth mushroom circle, leading to the Shrine of Blindness. Take Amren down, pick up the Lore book: Vol. 20, The Path of Blindness. If you've activated the other shrines already, activating this one opens a portal in the center.

Go through the portal to another Mysterious Shrine with a big treasure chest. Amren opens it to reveal Virtuous Rebellion--a powerful longbow that will look nice on your primary ranger. And, of course, lots of other loot. Step back through the portal to the Shrine of Blindness and return to the surface.

You now have the last of the Lore of Aranna books, so if you've been collecting them diligently, you can complete this quest. The next time you are in town, pay a visit to Telgrey. Be sure to talk to him again after completing the quest. He won't dole out your true reward the first time you talk with him. Part of the reward is the Mysterious Book from the Mysterious Mystery Quest (section 4.7).

From Amren's mushroom circle, work your way east toward the next teleporter. As the path turns north, you'll pass an entrance to A Large Abandoned Shelter. This is a puzzle/treasure room with plenty of loot and XP, but no special quest significance.

Take the elevator down and go through either door into the next room. Grab a green life stone (familiar?) and go through the door and down the stairs into the main "puzzle" room, though what needs be done is not that puzzling. There are four lit pillars and four unlit pillars. Each unlit pillar has one of the four Azunite symbols on it.

So, you know what to do. Grab one of each color stone and put it on the proper pillar. You already have the green stone so you can light the green tree column. All you have to do is find the other three color stones.

Take the door on the north side of the light room and follow the passages around until you find a golden chalice. Picking up the chalice opens two secret doors to the east, allowing you to enter a set of hidden passages. Follow these around until you find the purple death stones and pick one up.

This will open a door back into the light room, so place your purple stone on the purple tree column and head through the south door. You'll quickly come to some caverns that run east and west. Go east first, which soon dead-ends, but contains a pile of yellow sight stones.

Go back west and follow the caverns to some more man-made rooms and follow these until you find the red blindness stones. Picking one up opens a shortcut back into the room of light.


Place your stones and a secret door opens to the main treasure room to the east. Collect your reward, which includes the Greater Chants of Mage and Ranger Power.

Back to the surface, there's a tower just ahead guarded by a nature mage sanctuary door and the Ruins of Okaym teleporter is just to the west of the tower. After the teleporter, the path turns north, but keep going west and climb the hill to find the entrance to the Morden Arsenal that is part of Sartan's quest.

With Sartan in your party, enter the Arsenal. From the first room, take the north door for a little treasure, including a secret room. Then take the south door and go west to a larger room. The south door here leads to an empty jail cell guarded by a horde of Morden.

The main path lies west, to a large jail room. Note the spiked, metal canisters in front of the cells. Hit them with a ranged weapon or spell to blow them up and blow open the doors of the cells. Remember this technique, you will use it again.

Search the cells for a large treasure chest (Sartan has to open it). Teleport to the Eastern Plain of Tears and run to the Mysterious Cavern. Talk to Orayne to close Sartan's quest. Then teleport back to the Ruins of Okaym.

Follow the path north to the main gate of Darthrul. Right before you reach the bridge to the gate, turn left (west) and go around the guard tower and down into the dry canal. Follow the canal west and then up some stairs and then down into Some Ancient Ruins.

Oh boy! Another light puzzle!

The statue on the north side of the room is missing its mirror; the golden one Mage Boden gave you fits quite nicely and starts the beam of light. There are two doors, to the north and west, and you must shine the light on each to open it. There are 17 statues in all, scattered about the room.

The north door is simple, direct the light south one statue, west one statue, south one statue, east one statue and then north to unlock the door.

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The west door is a bit more complicated.

Direct the light all the way to the south end of the room, to the fourth statue. **NOTE** You will have to turn statues out of the way to let the light pass. Send the light east one statue, then north one statue, then west three statues. Now direct the beam south one statue, east two statues, south one statue then west and move all the intervening statues out of the way until the light hits the west door.

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X = Statues that must be turned out of the way to let the light beam pass.

Beyond the west door is a treasure room. Behind the north door is Mage Boden's apprentice, Darek. Turns out Boden is a nasty guy.

Gee, what a surprise.

Grab the Greater Chant of Casting and Greater Chant of Fighter Power and head back to the main gate into Darthrul. Talk to the gate guard to be allowed entrance.

You didn't really think it was going to be that easy, did you?

Well, you've got a whole city to depopulate, might as well get started. The first Morden you'll meet in the city is the Patrol Leader from back in Kalrathia. He already has a bone to pick with you, so give him what he deserves. He'll drop a Key to the District of the Sword.

Ah! So that's how it works. There are five districts: Sword, Crossbow, Lance, Shield and Chief. You'll have to slaughter your way through each one to get the key to the next. You can also continue Finala's Contempt while in Darthrul, and receive and complete The Morden Riders side quest.

Lots to do. Lots to do.

In the main square you'll see a ghost, but you can't talk to it until you unlock the District of the Crossbow and its incantation shrine. The main square also has the city's teleporter, so take a refit break in Aman'lu before you begin depopulating Darthrul. While back in town, go ahead and confront Boden and kill him, then speak to Darek who mysteriously appears to wrap up The Mage's Apprentice quest.

Back in Darthrul, with Finala in your party, head east from the main square toward the white star on your map. Finala will find a secret door that leads to the Durvla hatchery. Clear the joint. When you reach the end, there are three (count 'em, 3) mini-bosses. In the corner is a cage with a treasure chest. Note the spiked ball--you have to blow the cage open.


Let Finala loot the chest to earn a Morden Wrench, which, she supposes, could be used to fix an elevator somewhere. You won't find that elevator in Darthrul, so you can send Finala back to the Inn now if she isn't normally a member of your party.

You have the key to the District of the Sword, which is located in the northeast quadrant of the city. Enter and kill the City Lieutenant for the key to the District of the Crossbow.

That district is the southwest quadrant. Once again, enter and kill the City Lieutenant, who drops the key to the District of the Lance. Note the supply vault with a door you cannot open. Use the incantation shrine to talk to the ghost in the town square; this is Spirit of Aranna #16.

The District of the Lance is in the northwest and the City Lieutenant drops the key to the District of the Chief. Aha! What about the District of the Shield? Search the small rooms along the north side of the district for a hidden switch that lowers you to a cellar. There's another Lieutenant down here with the key to the District of the Shield.

The District of the Shield is to the southeast. Enter it and clear it out. There's a room along the west side with a mimic, so be careful opening chests. Along the south side of the district is a pit. Look for a hidden switch on the west wall that lowers an elevator and allows you entrance to the eastern end of the dry canal.


Head east and climb up to an area outside the city walls. Fight your way to the eastern end of this area and talk to the Morden riders Nordax and Nellioc. This is, probably, the most humorous conversation in the entire game. Play along with these guys. Finally, you will discover they are deserters in need of supplies. Agree to help them to open the Morden Riders quest.

Head back to the city and raid the supply vaults in the Districts of the Crossbow, Lance and Shield. This gives you the supplies you need for the Riders, so return to them. Rather than give you a reward directly, their pet Klask bashes open the east wall, giving you access to an Ancient Vault. Get your reward from there; it includes the Greater Chant of Fortification.

Return to Darthrul and enter the District of the Chief to the north. Fight your way to the Chief, speak to him, then kill him. Return to Kalrathia and talk to Lord Kalrathia to start Chapter 3.


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