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The Riddle

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A hole in the foundation of the destroyed farmhouse leads down to a dark, dank cave. Perhaps Barthand slipped and fell inside the cave?


The Riddle
Heroic level: 19
Epic level: None
Duration: long
Heroic XP:  ♣3,151Solo/Casual ♦5,442Normal ♥5,633Hard ♠5,824Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Dank Cave
Bestowed by: Ingval Muth
NPC contact: Ingval Muth
Quest acquired in: Eveningstar
Patron: Purple Dragon Knights
Base favor: 7
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

Ingval Muth has asked you to find the War Wizard Barthand, who disappeared suddenly while investigating troubled dreams in the village of Eveningstar.

Barthand was last seen near a hole leading to a Dank Cave in Eveningstar. Go there and do your best to locate him.


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

Objectives

  • Search for the Wizard Barthand
  • Defeat the hags
  • Talk to Barthand
  • Seek the Eye of Frelga
  • Find the Night Hag, Frelga
  • Defeat the Night Hag, Frelga

Tips and Misc

  • The most common foes are Will-o-Wisps (which shoot chain lightning and cause Fear) and Vine Horrors (which use Spike Growth). On Heroic Elite difficulty, a full party can be overwhelmed quickly by mobs of these two foes alone. Evasive fighters such as Monks, Rangers and Rogues may survive longer but need time to whittle foes down. Spellcasters with great area-of-effect damage are ideal here.
  • The loop in the southeast can be skipped if you want to avoid a few fights.
  • Forest Hags repeatedly spawn Animated Armor (constructs) until killed. Focus on the hags, as their deaths will also destroy the spawned Armor.
  • After the first shrine, the path to the east (looks like it leads back to Barthand) dead-ends with nothing down there but a bunch of wisps.
  • Further down the path, the next turn east that looks like it should loop to the north also dead-ends with nothing but wisps.
  • The password to open enchanted door is "knuckle-bones".
  • Frelga's Eye cannot be targeted; however, it also doesn't attack. AoE, manual targeting (using the "T" key), or randomly swinging near it will quickly destroy it.
  • Two secret doors hide only breakables.
  • Door with locked lever (Lock DC) protects a chest that becomes a mimic (+2-4 Will-o'-Wisps)
  • The door leading east from the third shrine only leads to a few Mudmen.
  • Victory requires not only defeating Frelga, but other Night Hags and Vine Horrors surrounding her. Some may fall off the ledge during the fight and require locating.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 92 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣315 ♦544 ♥563 ♠582 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 119 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣473 ♦816 ♥845 ♠874 )
  • Observance bonus: 1 or more secret door discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣252 ♦435 ♥451 ♠466 )
  • Mischief bonus: 20 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣252 ♦435 ♥451 ♠466 )
  • Vandal bonus: 26 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣315 ♦544 ♥563 ♠582 )

Loot

  • Chests: 4
    • 1 for saving Barthand
    • 1 for finding Eye of Frelga
    • 1 optional for killing a mimic behind locked lever (Open Lock DC on Heroic Elite: 45 Fail 47 Success)
    • 1 end chest
  • Collectables: 9
    • Bones by the small pool at the end of passage northwest of the entrance
    • Adventurer's Pack in the southern alcove
    • Adventurer's Pack in the corner just east of there
    • Adventurer's Pack just after rescuing Barthand
    • Bones underwater in pool by seconds set of hags
    • Adventurer's Pack in crevasse near bottom of the room with all the ledges
    • Adventurer's Pack on one of those ledges (need to jump down to reach it)
    • Bones in eastern room with mudmen, just before final battle
    • Bones on ledge with final battle
  • NPC rewards: ML1-2 items

Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Frelga(view)
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 ♥26Hard ♠32Elite Evil Outsider Hag
Grundlehin(view)
Grundlehin.jpg
 ♦21Normal ♥25Hard ♠31Elite Monstrous Humanoid Hag
Frelga's Eye(view)
Frelga's Eye.jpg
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Animated Armor(view)
Animated Armor.jpg
 ♦16Normal ♥23Hard Construct Animated Object
Chest (monster)(view)
Chest (monster).jpg
CRs missing! Aberration Mimic
Forest Hag(view)
Forest Hag.jpg
CRs missing! Monstrous Humanoid Hag
Mudman(view)
Mudman.jpg
 ♦9Normal ♦18/21Epic Normal ♥24Epic Hard Elemental Muckman
Vine Horror(view)
Vine Horror.jpg
 ♠25Elite ♦21Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard ♠53Epic Elite Plant Vine Stalker
Vine Stalker(view)
Vine Stalker.jpg
CRs missing! Plant Vine Stalker
Will-o'-Wisp(view)
Will-o'-Wisp.jpg
CRs missing! Aberration Will o' Wisp

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