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Against the Demon Queen (quest)

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The Court of Lailat is the heart of the demon queen's desert kingdom. From her throne, she commands a legion of servants; gnolls, efreet and demons all bend to her will.

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Against the Demon Queen
Heroic level: 12
Epic level: 22
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP:  ♣3,660Solo/Casual ♦6,400Normal ♥6,700Hard ♠7,000Elite
Epic XP:  ♣15,920Solo/Casual ♦26,790Normal ♥22,550Hard ♠23,000Elite
Takes place in: The Court of Lailat
Bestowed by: Zawabi the Elder Djinni
NPC contact: Zawabi the Elder Djinni
Quest acquired in: Zawabi's Refuge
Patron: The Free Agents
Base favor: 8
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

This is the pre-raid leading up to Zawabi's Revenge, a 12 man raid featuring Lailat, the Demon Queen. You must flag for this quest by completing Chains of Flame, An Offering of Blood and the Chamber of Raiyum. However, since this is a regular quest, you may enter even if you are not flagged as long as one person in your party is.

This quest must be recompleted before you can repeat the Zawabi's Revenge raid, but the three flagging quests do not need to be. Talk to Zawabi twice in Zawabi's Refuge to reset the quest chain.

Be very careful that you are on the correct chapter of the quest chain before entering the quest - as players often forget that you need to talk to Zawabi not once, but twice in order to advance the quest, even after correctly flagging.


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

Objectives

  • Read the Tome of the Six Swords
  • Recite the Glyphs of the First Sword
  • Recite the Glyphs of the Second Sword
  • Recite the Glyphs of the Third Sword
  • Recite the Glyphs of the Fourth Sword
  • Recite the Glyphs of the Fifth Sword
  • Recite the Glyphs of the Sixth Sword
  • Confront Queen Lailat
  • Kill Lailat's defenders and force her to retreat
  • Investigate the chest in Lailat's summoning circle
  • Force Queen Lailat to retreat into the Circle of Eternity

  • (Optional) Defeat Vinaldor the Faithless Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣366 ♦640 ♥670 ♠700 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,592 ♦2,679 ♥2,255 ♠2,300 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Edrassa the Betrayed Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣366 ♦640 ♥670 ♠700 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,592 ♦2,679 ♥2,255 ♠2,300 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Dwalni Demonsbane Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣366 ♦640 ♥670 ♠700 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,592 ♦2,679 ♥2,255 ♠2,300 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the Hand of Olladra Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣366 ♦640 ♥670 ♠700 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,592 ♦2,679 ♥2,255 ♠2,300 )

What to Expect

  • Traps fixed, some undisarmable, high search DC - 35 on elite)
  • Riddle
  • Collapsible floor
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Randomly placed lever (the second lever from the Octopus wing)

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Dropping floor and poison traps (Scorpion area)
  • Spinning blade (Octopus area underwater)
  • Sonic traps (Bat area)
  • Epic Hard and Epic Elite Only: Mordenkainen's Disjunction Traps (Main Floor, Monkey area, Lailat's Summoning Circle)

Tips and Misc

  • The Riddle:
    • Against the Demon Queen requires you to solve a riddle - the riddle is different each time. It requires you to read inscriptions from each of the six chambers in the correct order:
      • Poisoner: Scorpion
      • Devious: Snake (Troglodytes)
      • Hungry: Wolf (Gnolls)
      • Grasping: Octopus (Mindflayers)
      • Mockery: Monkey (Wildmen)
      • Night: Bat (Mephits)
    • The first time you attempt to read the inscriptions in a wrong order, a DM voice will speak up and warn you. If you proceed to read it, you will be teleported to a jail. Climb up to the top of the jail and pull a lever to return to the main platform. Note: There is no DM voice warning on Epic difficulties.
    • For more details about riddle, see this article: Against the Demon Queen's riddle
  • Octopus Area:
    • (search DC for the secret door on epic elite 44, epic hard 33)
    • The second lever is randomly placed on one of three possible spots; two on the ceiling and one behind the block you see on the ground as you swim in.
  • Monkey Area:
    • (search DC for the secret door on epic elite 44, epic hard 33)
    • After defeating the Rakshasa, the gates open. But if you open the gate to the room with the three mystics on the three pillars there is a separate timer running. This closes the gate whether the monkey side is finished or not. After this gate closes once the Glyph is used everyone behind this gate is locked in and only Dimensional Door can get you out without reentry. The lever that normally opens this gate is locked after monkey finishes. Just don't use any levers on monkey side after someone starts the fight, the first lever might lock you in and the second lever triggers a disjunction effect in the Rakshasa room.
  • End fight:
    • If your entire party dies while fighting Lailat she resets and you have to fight her again from 100% hit points. Siberys Spirit Cakes and other party-saving items do not help.

Epic Strategy

  • A trapper with Evasion is a highly valuable addition to your party.
  • Mobs in the Wolf and Bat areas are especially deadly and should be approached with caution.
  • Use the pit in the Scorpion area to your advantage. Pull every possible mob from every area (except Octopus) into the pit, in numerous batches if necessary, then you can nuke 'em down from a relatively safe position. Be careful when dealing with the Mephits, they cast cloud spells which can cause severe disorientation. Use Break Enchantment or Gust of Wind to remove the clouding effects.
  • The first two sonic traps in the Bat area can be safely bypassed (hug the north wall till the middle point, then hug the south wall, then hug the west wall), but for the last trap you either need a rogue, someone to raise you on the other side, or to time the sonic bursts (let the trap reset, then jump and featherfall along the wall; or wait until the first two sonic bursts are done and run through).

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 101 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣366 ♦640 ♥670 ♠700 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 127 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣549 ♦960 ♥1,005 ♠1,050 )
  • Conquest bonus: 157 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣915 ♦1,600 ♥1,675 ♠1,750 )
  • Tamper bonus: 4 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣366 ♦640 ♥670 ♠700 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 5 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣732 ♦1,280 ♥1,340 ♠1,400 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 6 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣1,098 ♦1,920 ♥2,010 ♠2,100 )
  • Mischief bonus: 62 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣293 ♦512 ♥536 ♠560 )
  • Vandal bonus: 79 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣366 ♦640 ♥670 ♠700 )
  • Ransack bonus: 97 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣549 ♦960 ♥1,005 ♠1,050 )

Loot

  • Chests: 4
    • 1 in Octopus area
    • 1 in Scorpion area
    • 1 in wildman area behind secret door
    • 1 spawns after end fight
  • Collectables: 6
    • Rubble in the underwater section of octopus
    • Moss past the first gate in monkey
    • Adventurer's Pack in the cell where you go if you choose wrongly
    • Adventurer's Pack in the first room in bat
    • Adventurer's Pack below the collapsing floor in scorpion
    • Rubble in the second gate-trapped room in wolf
  • NPC rewards:

Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Queen Lailat(view)
Queen Lailat.png
 ♦22Normal ♥24Hard ♠28Elite ♦23/26Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard ♠55Epic Elite Evil Outsider Demon
Prince of Swords(view)
Prince of Swords.jpg
 ♥15Hard ♦23Epic Normal Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Dwalni Demonsbane(view)
Dwalni Demonsbane.jpg
 ♦23Epic Normal Undead Wight
Edrassa the Betrayed(view)
Edrassa the Betrayed.jpg
 ♦22Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Hand of Olladra(view)
Hand of Olladra.jpg
 ♦22Epic Normal Undead Wraith
Vinaldor the Faithless(view)
Vinaldor the Faithless.jpg
 ♦22Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Cacodemon(view)
Cacodemon.jpeg
CRs missing! Evil Outsider Demon
Death Stalker(view)
Death Stalker.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite Vermin Scorpion
Drow Scorpion Cleric(view)
Drow Scorpion Cleric.jpg
 ♦10Normal Aberration Drow Scorpion
Drow Scorpion Rogue(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Aberration Drow Scorpion
Drow Scorpion Wizard(view)
Drow Scorpion Wizard.jpg
 ♦10Normal Aberration Drow Scorpion
Drow Scorpion(view)
Drow Scorpion.jpg
 ♦10Normal Aberration Drow Scorpion
Efreeti Malik(view)
Efreeti Malik.jpg
 ♦22Epic Normal Evil Outsider Efreet
Efreeti(view)
Monster Efeet.jpg
CRs missing! Evil Outsider Efreet
Eternal Hunter(view)
Eternal Hunter.jpeg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦21Epic Normal Undead Skeleton
Fiendish Firebrand(view)
Fiendish Firebrand.jpg
 ♦13Normal Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Commander(view)
Firebrand Commander.jpg
 ♦12Normal Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Conjurer(view)
Firebrand Conjurer.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♠17Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Gnoll(view)
Firebrand Gnoll.jpg
 ♦8Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Lieutenant(view)
Firebrand Lieutenant.jpeg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Pyromancer(view)
Firebrand Pyromancer.jpeg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Sergeant(view)
Firebrand Sergeant.jpeg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Greater Air Mephit(view)
Greater Air Mephit.jpg
 ♦6Normal ♠11Elite ♦22Epic Normal OR Summoned by another mephit: ♠6Elite Air Outsider Mephit
Greater Dust Mephit(view)
Greater Dust Mephit.jpeg
 ♦6Normal ♥8Hard ♠11Elite Air Outsider Mephit
Greater Fire Mephit(view)
Greater Fire Mephit.jpg
 ♦6Normal ♠11Elite OR Summoned by another mephit: ♠6Elite Fire Outsider Mephit
Greater Hell Hound(view)
Greater Hell Hound.jpg
 ♠5Elite Evil Outsider Hellhound
Greater Sand Mephit(view)
Greater Sand Mephit.jpeg
 ♦6Normal ♥8Hard ♠11Elite Earth Outsider Mephit
Mind Flayer(view)
Mind Flayer.jpg
CRs missing! Aberration Mind Flayer
Pyrodemon(view)
Pyrodemon.jpeg
CRs missing! Evil Outsider Demon
Thaarak Hound(view)
Thaarak Hound.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♠15Elite Evil Outsider Hellhound
Troglodyte Convoker(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Reptilian Troglodyte
Troglodyte Warrior(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Reptilian Troglodyte
Wildman Mystic(view)
Wildman Mystic.jpg
 ♦10Normal Monstrous Humanoid Wildman
Wildman Thrall(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Monstrous Humanoid Wildman

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