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A Cabal for One

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A Cabal for One is the 3rd quest in The Ruins of Gianthold story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs  are chains of quests that make up a story line.
Completing everything in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
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The first three quests can be completed in any order to unlock Gianthold Tor.
Madstone Crater • The Prison of the Planes • A Cabal for One • Gianthold Tor • The Reaver's Fate


An ancient giantish relic is said to lie within the hobgoblin lair. Only the murderous intrigues of the hobgoblin clans lie in the way.

Ruins of Gianthold adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Ruins of Gianthold
A Cabal for One
Heroic level: 14
Epic level: None
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣1,855Solo/Casual ♦3,228Normal ♥3,364Hard ♠3,500Elite
Epic XP: Return to Cabal for One
Takes place in: Hobgoblin Lair
Bestowed by: Jorgundal ar'Grund
NPC contact: Jorgundal ar'Grund
Quest acquired in: Gianthold
Patron: Agents of Argonnessen
Base favor: 6
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

The giants are not likely to let a <Race> into Gianthold Tor. However, Jorgundal ar'Grund wants a giantish relic to give as tribute to the Stormreaver. He has heard of one in a Hobgoblin Lair nearly. Bring it to him, and he has promised to get you in.


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

Objectives

  • Find the Giantish relic
  • Venture into the hobgoblin lair.
  • Speak to Gardak Bruntsmash
  • Slay the Arzag-Khor conspirators (4 total)
  • Reach the throne room
  • Slay King Bendix
  • (Optional) Slay Olos Nobrac — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣278 ♦484 ♥505 ♠525 )

Known Traps

Trap and Lock DCs
Spot and Search DCs
The trap DC for the locked chest has been reduced to close above standard. It's hidden behind a secret door.

Tips and Misc

Walkthrough (thanks in large part to DDO Forums)

Map to mission entrance

Good buffs to have:

  • Normal: resist cold and fire, True Seeing, and, of course, Greater Heroism. There is also a caster who may cast Flesh to Stone on you, so carrying a couple of Stone to Flesh scrolls is good insurance.
  • Hard: resist cold, fire, sonic.
  • Elite: resist acid, cold, fire, sonic. Loremasters dispel, so don't bother extending.
  • There is only 1 shrine - plan accordingly.

Clear out around the corner and speak to the traitor hobgoblin. He will give you two options. One, assist him in taking the place of leader amongst the tribe. Doing so, he will go through and clear out almost all of the traps in the compound, though he will double-cross you in the end. Two, call him out and kick his butt right then and there. If you do this you will have to disable the traps along the way (bonus XP if you have a rogue) and you will get an extra chest at the end.

Make a choice and head further in. You will reach a low wall with a gate, with a passage that goes around. You can jump over the wall to open the gate, but either way you will need to go through the side passage to defeat a required enemy. In this side room is a (locked) chest behind a secret door that is trapped with spike blades and something exploding. When the chest is opened, a set of spikes blades triggers just outside the door; these cannot be disarmed. There is nothing special about the loot inside, so bypass it if you don't have a trapper or sufficient evasion save.

Clear out the hall and take the right side at the fork to clear out the shrine, another required enemy is here. Then head back to the left. There is a small room to the left (west) you will need to deal with. Then head further in. The gates ahead are blocked, so you will need to go to the northern doors, climb the ladders and clear out both top rooms. That will open the gates, allowing you access to the final hall and throne room.

Defeat the king (he can be tough due to being able to heal very quickly, especially on elite. Burst DPS is important here), and Gardak the Traitor (if you chose that option) and get your chest(s). The king's chest will have 1 Ancient Elven Relic.

The quest does not end until someone picks up the Giantish Relic (the headstone near the end fight).

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 108 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣186 ♦323 ♥336 ♠350 )
  • Tamper bonus: 7 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣186 ♦323 ♥336 ♠350 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 10 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣371 ♦646 ♥673 ♠700 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 12 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣557 ♦968 ♥1,009 ♠1,050 )
  • Observance bonus: 1 or more secret door discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣148 ♦258 ♥269 ♠280 )
  • Mischief bonus: 34 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣148 ♦258 ♥269 ♠280 )
  • Vandal bonus: 44 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣186 ♦323 ♥336 ♠350 )
  • Ransack bonus: 54 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣278 ♦484 ♥505 ♠525 )

Loot

  • Chests: 3
    • 1 trapped and locked almost halfway through the quest.
    • 1 at the end for killing Gardak Bruntsmash at the start of the quest.
    • 1 at the end for killing King Bendix (Hobgoblin)
  • Collectables: 5
    • Rubble behind first secret door
    • Cabinet in room with second secret door
    • Crude Altar in upper level of north room
    • Adventurer's Pack in alcove just before final room
    • Adventurer's Pack in final room
  • NPC rewards: standard

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
Madstone Skull (Level 12)
Madstone Skull (Level 12).png
(edit)
Orb  12 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, and Feast or Famine, End chest (Heroic Normal)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 1 year, 8 months, and 8 days
  • BugTime
Adamantine Knuckles (level 12)
Adamantine Knuckles (level 12).png
(edit)
Handwrap  12 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, Feast or Famine, End chest (Heroic Normal)
  • Update 49
  • 1 year, 4 months, and 23 days
  • Corgrind
Shamanic Fetish (Level 12)
Shamanic Fetish (Level 12).png
(edit)
Trinket  12 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, and Feast or Famine, End chest (Heroic Normal)
Madstone Skull (Level 13)
Madstone Skull (Level 13).png
(edit)
Orb  13 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, and Feast or Famine, End chest (Heroic Hard)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 1 year, 8 months, and 8 days
  • BugTime
Adamantine Knuckles (level 13)
Adamantine Knuckles (level 13).png
(edit)
Handwrap  13 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, Feast or Famine, End chest (Hard)
  • Update 49
  • 1 year, 4 months, and 23 days
  • Corgrind
Shamanic Fetish (Level 13)
Shamanic Fetish (Level 13).png
(edit)
Trinket  13 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, and Feast or Famine, End chest (Heroic Hard)
Madstone Skull (Level 14)
Madstone Skull (Level 14).png
(edit)
Orb  14 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, and Feast or Famine, End chest (Heroic Elite)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 1 year, 8 months, and 8 days
  • BugTime
Adamantine Knuckles (level 14)
Adamantine Knuckles (level 14).png
(edit)
Handwrap  14 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, Feast or Famine, End chest (Elite)
  • Update 49
  • 1 year, 4 months, and 23 days
  • Corgrind
Shamanic Fetish (Level 14)
Shamanic Fetish (Level 14).png
(edit)
Trinket  14 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip A Cabal for One, and Feast or Famine, End chest (Heroic Elite)
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Monsters

Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Arzag-Khor Loremaster( view
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Arzag-Khor Shaman( view
Arzag-Khor Shaman.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Cloven-Jaw Scout( view
Cloven-Jaw Scout.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard ♠58Epic Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Cloven-Jaw Veteran( view
Cloven-Jaw Veteran.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♥28Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Cloven-Jaw Warlord( view
Cloven-Jaw Warlord.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♥29Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Gardak Bruntsmash( view
Gardak Bruntsmash.jpg
 • edit )
 ♥19Hard ♠22Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠60Epic Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Glacier Wolf( view
Glacier Wolf.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦9Normal ♥11Hard ♠14Elite ♥27Epic Hard Magical Beast Wolf
King Bendix( view
King Bendix.jpg
 • edit )
 ♥18Hard ♠22Elite ♦28Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Kivol( view
Kivol.png
 • edit )
 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Maksim( view
Maksim.png
 • edit )
 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠58Epic Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Mikahi( view
Mikahi.jpg
 • edit )
 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Olos Nobrac( view
Olos Nobrac.png
 • edit )
 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Vokur( view
Vokur.png
 • edit )
 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin