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Chains of Flame

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Demon Sands
Chains of Flame
Heroic level: 12
Epic level: 22
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP:  ♣2,556Solo/Casual ♦4,468Normal ♥4,676Hard ♠4,884Elite
Epic XP:  ♣16,530Solo/Casual ♦28,459Normal ♥29,368Hard ♠30,277Elite
Takes place in: The Burning City
Bestowed by: Jaefan Druz
NPC contact: Jaefan Druz
Quest acquired in: Zawabi's Refuge
Patron: The Free Agents
Base favor: 7
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

Jaefan Druz told you about the slave-taking habits of the Firebrand gnolls. According to Druz, the Firebrands wield the evil magics of demons and efreet in order to seize victims and work them to death - or eat them alive! Druz wants you to free the slaves of the Burning City, hidden deep in the Menechtarun, and bring back the Orb of the Efreet. This artifact is treasured by the rulers of the Burning City, and it will prove that you have broken the power of the Firebrands.

Chains of Flame Walkthrough
Map to mission entrance

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

Objectives

  • Free at least 15 slaves
  • Kill General Hruvayah
  • Kill Rashad the Vizier
  • Search the Efreeti Hoard
  • (Optional) Free Gaspar Goldpike: Heroic: +15% Bonus.( ♣383 ♦670 ♥701 ♠733 ) / Epic: +15% Bonus.( ♣2,480 ♦4,269 ♥4,405 ♠4,542 )
  • (Optional) Speak to Valgrim Forge-Bound: Heroic: +3% Bonus.( ♣77 ♦134 ♥140 ♠147 ) / Epic: +3% Bonus.( ♣496 ♦854 ♥881 ♠908 )
  • (Optional) Kill Valgrim's elemental guards: Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣256 ♦447 ♥468 ♠488 ) / Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,653 ♦2,846 ♥2,937 ♠3,028 )
  • (Optional) Free Valgrim Forge-Bound: Heroic: +4% Bonus.( ♣102 ♦179 ♥187 ♠195 ) / Epic: +4% Bonus.( ♣661 ♦1,138 ♥1,175 ♠1,211 )
  • (Optional) Transfer Erath's curse to a willing victim: Heroic: +20% Bonus.( ♣511 ♦894 ♥935 ♠977 ) / Epic: +20% Bonus.( ♣3,306 ♦5,692 ♥5,874 ♠6,055 )
  • (Optional) Kill the ogre mages in the library: Heroic: +6% Bonus.( ♣153 ♦268 ♥281 ♠293 ) / Epic: +6% Bonus.( ♣992 ♦1,708 ♥1,762 ♠1,817 )
  • (Optional) Speak to Erath the Blinded: Heroic: +3% Bonus.( ♣77 ♦134 ♥140 ♠147 ) / Epic: +3% Bonus.( ♣496 ♦854 ♥881 ♠908 )
  • (Optional) Free Erath the Blinded: Heroic: +3% Bonus.( ♣77 ♦134 ♥140 ♠147 ) / Epic: +3% Bonus.( ♣496 ♦854 ♥881 ♠908 )
  • (Optional) Free all 30 slaves: Heroic: +24% Bonus.( ♣613 ♦1,072 ♥1,122 ♠1,172 ) / Epic: +24% Bonus.( ♣3,967 ♦6,830 ♥7,048 ♠7,266 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed)
  • Overlapping floors

Known Traps

Trap DC

Fire, spikes (normal - elite), spinning blades, blowing off air-stream (epic only)

Tips and Misc

  • After clearing the first bridge, take a moment to watch around the lava lake at the bottom of the Burning City, under the bridge. There's a Return Portal on a wall, just above the lake's surface. Make a mental note of its position. If you fall into the lava, head for it: if you're quick enough, you can use it to teleport just above the first bridge before you burn to death. The same applies to other bridges as well.
  • To save Gaspar Goldpike, you need to have a Bluff of 21 (Normal) or better.
  • Orb of the Efreet, key item acquired at the end of this quest instance, cannot be turned in to Zawabi right away. Talk to the quest giver Jaefan Druz and receive Orb of the Djinn first.
Walkthrough
  1. At intersection #1, go west (ignore the path heading east).
  2. At intersection #2, go west (ignore the path heading east). Kill the overseer, get Key #1, free 3 prisoners.
  3. Return to intersection #2, open locked door #1.
  4. At intersection #3, head west (ignore the path heading north), kill the ogre mage, get Key #2 (optionally use bluff on the ogre mage to save the dwarf and get the Stolen Treasury Key from him).
  5. Return to intersection #3, head north, kill the overseer, get Key #3, loot the chest, free 3 prisoners.
  6. Return to intersection #1, open locked door #2, watch out for fire traps in the hall just after door, reach the first shrine behind a levered door to north.
  7. At intersection #4, free 3 prisoners, head north (right turn after bridge, ignore the path heading west-left), free 2 prisoners, open the door to the treasure room (use the Stolen Treasury Key or pick the lock - DC 56 on Normal) and loot the chest.
  8. Return to intersection #4, head west, watch out for spinning blade traps just after door #3, open locked door #3.
  9. At intersection #5, head north (ignore the west path), watch out for blade traps, kill the overseer, get Key #4, free 1 prisoner, pull the lever.
  10. Return to intersection #5, head west.
  11. At intersection #6, free 2 prisoners, head east (ignore the path heading west), talk to and rescue the minotaur, loot the chest.
  12. Return to intersection #6, head west, open locked door #4.
  13. At intersection #7, head north (ignore the path heading east), free 1 prisoner, watch out for spike and fire traps (same room) - Control Box in SE Corner.
  14. At intersection #8, free 1 prisoner, head south (ignore the path heading east).
  15. At intersection #9, free 1 prisoner, head south across the bridge (ignore the path heading north), kill the overseer, get Key #5, free 3 prisoners, loot the locked chest (DC 50 on normal).
  16. Return to intersection #9, head north, free 1 prisoner, pull the lever.
  17. Drop down to the bridge below, free 2 prisoners, head east (ignore the path heading west), reach the second shrine.
  18. Return to the bridge, head west.
  19. At intersection #10, head north (ignore the path heading west - this backtracks many rooms, watch out for spike/fire trapped room).
  20. At intersection #11, just past the spike/fire traps, head east (ignore the path heading south), open locked door #5, free 1 prisoner, talk to the blinded prisoner, take his curse, use Remove Curse potion or spell (the blindness will not renew after the remove curse is used), kill the ogre mages, free the blinded prisoner.
  21. Climb the ladder to the upper floor of the library, loot the chest in the alcove, then head north through the other door on the upper floor of the library, watch out for blade traps after the first bridge(just before adventurer's pack), open the last locked door with the Royal Firebrand Key that you received from the 16th freed prisoner. Kill the 2 bosses, loot the chest and search the Efreeti Hoard for the Orb of the Efreet.
Map notes
Due to the complex quest design (too many overlapping floors in this case) the number of symbols placed on the map is kept to a bare minimum as to not confuse players.
In step 7 of the walk through, after heading North, you will fight a Fire Elemental and various Gnolls before reaching the two prisoners and the treasure room.
Breakdown of Slave Locations
  • Lowest Level
    • 3 - In room with Gnoll Overseer who drops 1st Burning City Key
  • Kitchen Level
    • 3 - In room with Gnoll Overseer who drops 2nd Burning City Key
  • Level above 1st Shrine
    • 1 - On platform through door after 1st shrine
    • 2 - Across bridge, on East Platform of main block
    • 2 - Through door at North/Right end of East platform and along North Platform (past treasure room) to far end
    • 1 - Through door at South/Left end of East platform, through door half-way along South Platform and up steps; In room with Gnoll Overseer who drops 3rd Burning City Key
    • 1 - Through door at far/West end of South platform and along West Platform (past Bridge and door to Minotaur) to far end
    • 1 - Inside shelter immediately before far end of West Platform
  • Library Level (2 levels up: Up 1 level, cross bridge to left, take curving passage up another level)
    • 1 - On far side of bridge, at East/Left end of North Platform of main block
    • 2 - On platform immediately below bridge to North Platform (North end of bridge); Requires jump down to platform, jump down to lower level, then run back up
    • 1 - On platform below and to West of bridge to North Platform (North end of bridge); Requires jump down to platform, jump down to lower level, then run back up
    • 1 - In central room, after room with Spike & Fire Traps
    • 1 - In shelter at West end of South platform
    • 3 - In room with Gnoll Overseer who drops 4th Burning City Key, across bridge to South of South platform
    • 1 - Through door at far/East end of South platform; At North/far end of East platform
    • 1 - At table in Library
  • 2nd Shrine Level (1 level down: Use lever to lower drawbridge, then jump down to drawbridge or run back down one level)
    • 2 - On platform next to room with 2nd Shrine; Requires run back up
  • Level above Library
    • 2 - On platform immediately below Walkway on West side of main block, one at South/near end, one at North/far end; Requires jump down to platform, jump down to lower level, then run back up
  • Top level
    • 1 - In shelter on platform immediately before room with Final Fight with Rashad/Hruvayah

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 152 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣256 ♦447 ♥468 ♠488 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 198 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣383 ♦670 ♥701 ♠733 )
  • Mischief bonus: 108 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣204 ♦357 ♥374 ♠391 )
  • Vandal bonus: 141 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣256 ♦447 ♥468 ♠488 )
  • Ransack bonus: 173 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣383 ♦670 ♥701 ♠733 )

Loot

  • Chests: Total 6 including 2 require open lock skill (55 DC).
Valgrim (minotaur) chest, Erath's library chest, Vault chest (locked - requires 50 DC on hard) and End chest may contain named items.
  • NPC rewards: Random item

Named Chest Drop

Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
General Hruvayah(view)
General Hruvayah.jpg
 ♦14Normal ♥16Hard Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Overseer(view)
Firebrand Overseer.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Unkor the Gourmet(view)
Unkor the Gourmet.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard Giant Ogre
Kitchen Assistant(view)
Kitchen Assistant.jpg
 ♦8Normal Gnoll Gnoll
Elder Air Elemental(view)
Elder Air Elemental.jpg
 ♦11Normal Elemental Air Elemental
Elder Fire Elemental(view)
Elder Fire Elemental.jpeg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♥31Epic Hard Elemental Fire Elemental
Eternal Hunter(view)
Eternal Hunter.jpeg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦21Epic Normal Undead Skeleton
Fire Mephit(view)
Fire Mephit.jpg
 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite Fire Outsider Mephit
Firebrand Conjurer(view)
Firebrand Conjurer.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♠17Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Eremite(view)
Firebrand Eremite.jpg
CRs missing! 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 Ritualist(view)
Firebrand Ritualist.jpeg
CRs missing! Gnoll Gnoll
Firebrand Sergeant(view)
Firebrand Sergeant.jpeg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Greater Dust Mephit(view)
Greater Dust Mephit.jpeg
 ♦6Normal ♥8Hard ♠11Elite Air Outsider Mephit
Greater Fire Mephit(view)
Greater Fire Mephit.jpg
 ♦6Normal ♠11Elite Fire Outsider Mephit
Menechtarun Hyena(view)
Menechtarun Hyena.jpeg
CRs missing! Animal Hyena
Menechtarun Packmaster(view)
Menechtarun Packmaster.jpg
CRs missing! Animal Hyena
Ogre Warlock(view)
Ogre Warlock.jpg
 ♦10Normal Giant Ogre

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