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A Study in Sable

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Sir Ebermund was savagely attacked while visiting Sable Manor, ancestral home of Lord Sable. It's up to you to discover who or what is behind the assault.

A Study in Sable
Heroic level: None
Epic level: 26
Duration: long
Heroic XP: N/A
Epic XP:  ♣13,194Solo/Casual ♦22,629Normal ♥23,267Hard ♠23,905Elite
Takes place in: Sable Manor
Bestowed by: Winne Harker
NPC contact: Winne Harker
Quest acquired in: Eveningstar
Patron: Purple Dragon Knights
Base favor: 9
Free to Play: Yes
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

Sir Ebermund Harker was brutally attacked the first night of his stay at Sable Manor. Help the Purple Dragon Knight find out what lied behind his attack!

Talk to Ebermund's niece, Winne Harker near the Lonesome Tankard Inn in Eveningstar.

See also Dev Diary: A Study In "A Study In Sable"


Spoiler Warning: Information below this point can be considered spoiler material!

Objectives

  • Speak with Sir Ebermund
  • Try to determine the vampire's current thrall (4 times, once for each guest/day)
  • Explore the hedge maze
  • Explore the wine cellar
  • Explore the attic
  • Explore the west chambers

  • (Optional) Save one of the guests Epic: +5% Bonus.( ♣660 ♦1,131 ♥1,163 ♠1,195 )
  • (Optional) Save two of the guests Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,319 ♦2,263 ♥2,327 ♠2,391 )
  • (Optional) Save three of the guests Epic: +15% Bonus.( ♣1,979 ♦3,394 ♥3,490 ♠3,586 )
  • (Optional) Save all four of the quests Epic: +20% Bonus.( ♣2,639 ♦4,526 ♥4,653 ♠4,781 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Willem the Werewolf Epic: +11% Bonus.( ♣1,451 ♦2,489 ♥2,559 ♠2,630 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Wollstonecraft the Flesh Golem Epic: +11% Bonus.( ♣1,451 ♦2,489 ♥2,559 ♠2,630 )
  • (Optional) Read all of Lucille's journals Epic: +12% Bonus.( ♣1,583 ♦2,715 ♥2,792 ♠2,869 )

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Explosion effect in West Chambers

One or more (depending on difficulty) on the roof near Wollstonecraft

Tips and Misc

  • Acid resist is useful to have for the cellar region, and shield/nightshield for magic missile immunity is useful through the whole adventure. Dimension door is useful to return quickly from each zone.
  • Before talking to Ebermund the first time, search the mansion for each of the four guest items (possible locations in the guest list below; note that the amulet might be behind the secret door in the library)
  • Head to the conservatory in the northeast and talk to Ebermund, (this will advance the quest to day and open a random area out of four possible ones: the attic, the hedge maze, the west chambers or the wine cellar).
  • Head to the new area and kill the new pack of vampires. Find the area item and the optional journal in each place. The locations, items and common enemies are noted by area below.
  • With each new area opened, one of four NPCs will randomly become the thrall of Lord Sable. To complete the optional 'save the guests' objective (with an extra end chest if you save all four), you must first determine who the new thrall is (by looking at each guest's initial dialogue), show them the area item you just found, and then show them their specific guest item that you collected earlier. This information and each day and night location is found below for each guest.
  • Any guest you do not correctly free will be an enemy you have to face in the final boss battle.
  • After you show a guest any area item/guest item (whether or not the guest is the correct thrall for that day), return to Ebermund to advance the quest to night. A new random area will open up and a new guest will become a thrall.
  • As before, retrieve the area item, identify the new thrall, show him the new area item you just found (through dialogue), and give him his guest item.
  • When you have completed this for all four areas/thralls (day and night alternates), head to the crypt by the hedge shrine for the final boss fight.
  • The final battle is against the vampire Lord Sable (silver/metalline suggested). He will be accompanied by other vampires, as well as any guest thralls you didn't save earlier.
  • Watch out for his AOE force damage spell which has a knockdown. It seems to be a trip attack, using the best of your STR/DEX to save. Note he has a quick tell before doing this attack: he will grip the pommel of his sword with both hands immediately prior to executing it. If you are blocking, he cannot knock you down.
  • Destroying any of the pillars inside the room creates a ray of light. Fighting Lord Sable inside the ray weakens him, greatly speeding up the fight.


Area List

  • One of the four areas below opens each time you talk to Ebermund to advance the quest. The item listed will always be in that area, but has several spawns points in its specific area.
  • If an area item is shown to the right thrall, you can follow it up through dialogue to save the guest with the proper guest item.
  • Caution - You can give the area item to a guest who isn't a thrall. This will prevent you from earning the optional XP for that thrall and the extra chest you get for choosing all four thralls correctly. The quest tracker will direct you to Ebermund to advance the quest to the next day/night normally afterwards.
Attic
  • Location: Ascending stairs in the northwest part of the second floor.
  • Item: Gem of Revelation – in one of the rooms.
  • Enemies: Animated Weapon, Animated Book
  • (Optional, always spawns – use the lever to activate him) Wollstonecraft, the Flesh Golem – on the roof, with chest.
Hedge Maze
  • Location: South from great hall on the first floor.
  • Item: Scrap's Chew Toy – southwest part of maze (can be found easier by pressing Q to show nearby interactables).
  • Enemies: Animated Topiary Lion, Wood Woad.
  • (Optional, always spawns, but only at night – return after nightfall if you're here during daytime) Groundskeeper Willem, the Werewolf – in the southeast corner, with chest.
West Chambers
Wine cellar
  • Location: Stairs leading down from the kitchen in the southeast part of the first floor
  • Item: Rat trap – can be inside or outside of rooms; must use with the rat in the crypt (near hedge shrine) before being used on guest
  • Enemies: Cellar Spirit, Cellar Spider.
  • Spell ward trap located in east room

Guest List

  • Below are the day/night locations, the guest item required to save the guest, the two possible spawn locations of the item, and the dialogue that you first see that indicates a guest is the thrall.
  • You can only give each guest item to its proper guest, so you don't have to worry about giving the wrong item to the wrong guest.
Alyk Glenweir - Harper elf
  • Day: By the fireplace in the great hall
  • Night: Second floor, center room on west side
  • Guest item: Strong Sleeping Drought - master bedroom; shelf on stairs from kitchen to wine cellar
  • Thrall dialogue: 'The voice it calls to me! So clear, so strong so commanding.'
Dareon Krenner - Wizard
  • Day: Library (middle room on east side of first floor)
  • Night: Second bedroom from the top on the northwest side of the second floor
  • Guest item: Mystic Maze - table in the Conservatory; table beside hedge maze shrine
  • Thrall dialogue: 'It's so quiet here, so peaceful,I could just stay here forever without a thought in my mind.'
Flora Raynard - Collector
  • Day: The landing between floors 1 and 2
  • Night: Southeast bedroom on the second floor
  • Guest item: Amulet of the Medusa - shelf behind secret door leading from library to master bedroom; chest in northwest bedroom on second floor
  • Thrall dialogue:
    • Day: 'So many valuables, they must not be disturbed.' or 'So many fine possessions, gathered over centuries! They must not be disturbed!
    • Night: 'We should not prowl about the house at night.'
Sir Chadrus Thruling - Knight
  • Day: outside northwest hallway of the first floor
  • Night: Second bedroom from the bottom on the southeast side of the second floor
  • Guest item: Hunter's Map - table near the stairs to the attic; table in library
  • Thrall dialogue: 'How grand it will be to see the master of the house.'


Locations of Lucille's Journals (Optional)

  1. On top of bookcase in the library
  2. On table in northwest bedroom on second floor
  3. In the master bedroom (room on second floor with the shrine)
  4. In the crypt by the hedge maze shrine
  5. On a table along the eastern hallway on the second floor
  6. West chambers (random location)
  7. Hedge maze (random; usually west side)
  8. Cellar (random location)
  9. Attic (random location)
  10. Outside door to final boss at bottom of crypt

Bonus XP

  • Neutralization bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Observance bonus: 1 or more secret door discovered +8% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Mischief bonus: 40 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Vandal bonus: 51 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Ransack bonus: 63 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus. No experience numbers available.

Loot

  • Chests: ♦  4 /Normal ♥  4 /Hard ♠  4Elite
    • 1 optional for defeating Willem the Werewolf
    • 1 optional for defeating Wollstonecraft the Flesh Golem
    • 1 optional for saving all four of the guests
    • 1 for defeating Lord Sable
  • Collectables: 8
    • 2 Adventurer's Packs in the hedge maze
    • Rubble in the west chambers
    • Cabinet in the west chambers
    • Reagents Cabinet in Attic
    • Adventurer's Pack by Wollstonecraft
    • Fungus in wine cellar
    • Bones in wine cellar
  • NPC rewards: Standard

Named Chest Drop

Golem's Heart - Blue Augment - UnboundUnbound: This item is Unbound, and may take permanent damage. - End chest (Epic Elite only)

  • ML28: 2% chance on being hit for 20d6 healing to you and 50d6 Electric damage to nearby enemies.

Hunter's Slayer - Great Sword - Bound to Character on EquipBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip - End chest

Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Lord Sable(view)
Lord Sable.jpg
 ♦31Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard ♠68Epic Elite Undead Vampire
Willem(view)
Willem.jpg
 ♥35Epic Hard ♠68Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Werewolf
Wollstonecraft(view)
Wollstonecraft.jpg
 ♦31Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard ♠68Epic Elite Construct Golem
Animated Morningstar(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Construct Animated Object
Animated Topiary Lion(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Plant Lion
Animated Weapon(view)
Animated Weapon.jpg
CRs missing! Construct Animated Object
Cellar Spider(view)
Cellar Spider.jpg
CRs missing! Vermin Spider
Cellar Spirit(view)
Cellar Spirit.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Wraith
Crypt Rat(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Animal Rat
Flora Reynard(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Humanoid Human
Greater Fire Mephit(view)
Greater Fire Mephit.jpg
 ♦6Normal ♠11Elite OR Summoned by another mephit: ♠6Elite Fire Outsider Mephit
Guardian Gargoyle(view)
Guardian Gargoyle.jpg
CRs missing! Monstrous Humanoid Gargoyle
Lesser Vampire Spawn(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Vampire
Pillar (Study in Sable)(view)
Pillar (Study in Sable).jpg
CRs missing! Construct Inanimate Object
Summoned Dretch(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Evil Outsider Demon
Vampire Spawn Mystic(view)
Vampire Spawn Mystic.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Vampire
Vampire Spawn Sentinel(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Vampire
Wood Woad(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Plant Wood Woad

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