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An Invitation to Dinner

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Invitation in hand, you now set foot within the grand stone passageways of Castle Ravenloft. What Strahd may lay on the table - and what can be found under it - has yet to be revealed.

Mists of Ravenloft adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Mists of Ravenloft
An Invitation to Dinner
Heroic level: 10
Epic level: 32
(considered Legendary)
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP:  ♣4,380Solo/Casual ♦7,700Normal ♥8,100Hard ♠8,500Elite
Epic XP:  ♣27,531Solo/Casual ♦47,025Normal ♥48,165Hard ♠49,305Elite
Takes place in: Castle Ravenloft
Bestowed by: Ismark Kolyanovich
NPC contact: Ismark Kolyanovich
Quest acquired in: Blood on the Vine Tavern
Patron: Keepers of the Feather
Base favor: 6
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
An invitation to dinner map.png

Overview

An Invitation to Dinner is the 3rd quest in the In the Shadow of the Castle story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs are chains of chains or quests that make up a story line.
Completing everything in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
.
The first two quests can be completed in any order to unlock An Invitation to Dinner.
Death House • Fresh-baked Dreams • An Invitation to Dinner

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

Objectives

  • Join Strahd in the Dining Hall
  • Speak with the Madam Eva
  • Find a friend in Castle Ravenloft
  • Find the Icon of Ravenloft
  • Escape through the main entrance
  • (Optional) Engage Strahd again — Bonus (30%): Heroic( ♣1,314 ♦2,310 ♥2,430 ♠2,550 ) Epic( ♣8,259 ♦14,108 ♥14,450 ♠14,792 )
  • (Optional) Cull Strahd's Forces — Bonus (12%): Heroic( ♣526 ♦924 ♥972 ♠1,020 ) Epic( ♣3,304 ♦5,643 ♥5,780 ♠5,917 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Rahadin — Bonus (8%): Heroic( ♣350 ♦616 ♥648 ♠680 ) Epic( ♣2,202 ♦3,762 ♥3,853 ♠3,944 )
  • (Optional) Test the Heart of the Castle — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣219 ♦385 ♥405 ♠425 ) Epic( ♣1,377 ♦2,351 ♥2,408 ♠2,465 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Black Arrow — Bonus (8%): Heroic( ♣350 ♦616 ♥648 ♠680 ) Epic( ♣2,202 ♦3,762 ♥3,853 ♠3,944 )
  • (Optional) Deal with Strahd's Maid — Bonus (8%): Heroic( ♣350 ♦616 ♥648 ♠680 ) Epic( ♣2,202 ♦3,762 ♥3,853 ♠3,944 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Captain Tarus — Bonus (8%): Heroic( ♣350 ♦616 ♥648 ♠680 ) Epic( ♣2,202 ♦3,762 ♥3,853 ♠3,944 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Gustav the Fallen Priest — Bonus (8%): Heroic( ♣350 ♦616 ♥648 ♠680 ) Epic( ♣2,202 ♦3,762 ♥3,853 ♠3,944 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the Tormented Spirit — Bonus (8%): Heroic( ♣350 ♦616 ♥648 ♠680 ) Epic( ♣2,202 ♦3,762 ♥3,853 ♠3,944 )
  • (Optional) Sooth Pidlwick's spirit — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣219 ♦385 ♥405 ♠425 ) Epic( ♣1,377 ♦2,351 ♥2,408 ♠2,465 )

What to Expect

  • Depending on the cards drawn by Madam Eva, the location of your objectives will differ each run.

Known Traps

Spinning Blades (Basement)
Search & Spot DCs for Trap and Secret Door: Heroic, Epic
Disable Device DC: Heroic, Epic

  • Collapsing floor near optional Strahd portrait fight (no box. triggered few sec after when portrait HP hit 50%)
  • Rotating spikes in the dungeon (where you end up if you fall through collapsing floor)
  • There's a box near the door in Rahadin's room in the basement.
The seven possible combinations of cards.

Tips and Misc

Preparation
  • Chat with Madam Eva. She will read your fate. This affects where the needed quest objectives must be completed and where to exit the dungeon.
  • You don't need to speak with the Steward.
  • Head straight to the Dining Hall: turn right twice.
    •  ?Bug: if you decide to ignore being told to go straight to the Dining Hall and instead head north, you will be pursued by Animated Arms which will not take damage. They will follow you everywhere until you bleed out.
Dining Hall
  • Chat with Strahd.
  • Kill monsters. Remove Curse potions heal the effect that reduces your maximum HP.
  • There's a secret door behind Strahd that leads to the mirror room.
Time to work on your objectives
  • "Treasure" is the Icon of Ravenloft. Refer to the map to find the location.
  • "Ally" is friendly NPC Ezmerelda. She will be kneeling at the given location.
  • "Death" is Strahd's optional challenge. Strahd will be waiting at the location.
  • After getting the Icon of Ravenloft and finding Ezmerelda, a new objective will appear - find the Keystone.
  • Exits from the castle are sealed. After obtaining the Keystone, approach the one indicated on the objective list to finish the quest.
Optional objectives and NPCs.

You are probably going to stumble upon some sooner or later.

Objective Locations
  • There are seven possible combinations, depicted on the side image - refer to the map for each card location.
  • Of special note:
Anarchist // Priest // Mists
The "Mists" card indicates a random location for this objective. So far, these are the known possible locations:
  • Audience Hall - Level 2
  • Treasury - Level 3
  • The top of the North Tower Stairs, accessed via the Brazier Room
Transmuter // Healer // Donjon * Necromancer // Shepherd // Marionette
The "Transmuter" card indicates the Icon of Ravenloft is located in the North Tower, and "seek entry below" means:
  • Go to the Brazier room, kill the golems, and touch the flame in the middle of the chamber. You'll be teleported to the top of the North Tower.
  • The Icon is inside a locked chest (the lock DC is above 67 on LE) after chest opens Icon falls to floor next to chest. It can be picked, but the key is obtained in the Kitchen (Basement), by being "entertained" by Cyrus.
  • Disambiguation of "Ally Card - Shepherd - Servant Quarters - Cellars" - means Ezmerelda is in the UPPER servants quarters on the map (sitting between two shrines)
  • After obtaining the Icon of Ravenloft and finding Ezmerelda, you need to find the Keystone. So far, these are the known possible locations:
  • In the Study fireplace, on the 3rd floor
  • In the Upper Servant Quarters, through the cellars
  • In the Chapel behind the altar, on the 2nd floor
  • Finally, with the Icon and Keystone in hand, you must escape the Castle. Possible exits include but aren’t limited to:
  • Main Entrance - guarded by four dragons
  • Top of the North Tower stairs - access through the Brazier Room, and touching the Flame
  • Top of the Level 4 stairs on South Tower - You have to enter level 4 Spires of Ravenloft and climb to the top of the stairs.
  • Brazier Teleporter in the cellars.


Quick Reference (Edit)
1st card Icon Ally Death Key Stone Exit
Anarchist Hall of Bones (Basement)
Wave of Skeletons
Chapel (2nd floor) Mist
see tips
Study (3rd floor)
(no guardian)
Main Entrance (1st floor)
Dragons
Dictator Audience Chamber (2nd floor)
Fallen Champion
Royal Bedroom (3rd floor) Study (3rd floor) Chapel (2nd floor)
Skeleton Mage
North Tower (Brazier room)
Golems
Merchant Wine Cellar (Basement)
Ooze
Lounge (4th floor)
Through the door west of the Portrait behind the last couch.
Chapel (2nd floor) Servant Quarter (Upper, from Basement)
Skeleton
North Tower (Brazier room)
Golems
Miser Treasury (3rd floor)
(Phase Spider)
Wine Cellar (Basement) Audience Chamber (2nd floor) Chapel (2nd floor)
Skeleton Mage
Top of South Tower (4th floor)
Portrait
Necromancer Study (3rd floor)
Shadow of Hate
Upper Servant Quarter (via Basement) North Tower (Brazier room)
Golems
Chapel (2nd floor)
Skeleton Mage
Top of South Tower (4th floor)
Portrait
Priest Chapel (2nd floor)
Skeleton Mage
Torturer
(Brazier room - travel to dungeons via either Chamberlain's Office on Basement floor or the Study on 3rd floor, defeat iron golems, then south past the curtains to the balcony.)
(Golems)
Treasury (3rd floor) Upper Servant Quarter (via Basement or 2nd Floor secret door)
(no guardian)
Top of South Tower (4th floor)
Portrait
Transmuter North Tower (Brazier room - key in Kitchen)
Golems
Bath Chamber (3rd floor) Hall of Bones (Basement) Servant Quarter (Basement)
(no guardian)
Main Entrance (1st floor)
Dragons
Healer Bath Chamber (3rd floor)
Beast Audience Chamber (2nd floor)
Innocent Royal Bedroom (3rd floor)
Seer Study (3nd floor)
Shepherd Servant Quarters (Cellars)

Format: Place (Access) // Guardian

  • You can access to the Brazier room from Basement (through the secret door at Rahadin room) and Study (3rd floor).
  • About Miser-Icon: Icon isn't warded like other cases. So you don't need fight the guardian since this guardian has no chest.
  • About Priest-Ally: Ally is on the balcony overlooking the Dungeon. So you can't reach her from Dungeon floor. Go through the Brazier room. If you don't go close to brazier then you don't need fight.
  • About Key Stone: Unlike Icon, Key Stone isn't warded even if there is a guardian. You can just pick it up and run away, if you don't need guardian chest.
  • About Transmuter-Icon: the Icon just appears when you open the North Tower chest. There's two ways of doing it, of course: having the key from Cyrus (from Basement Level) or through Open Lock.

Bonus XP

  • Tamper bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣438 ♦770 ♥810 ♠850 )
  • Observance bonus: 7 or more secret doors discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣350 ♦616 ♥648 ♠680 )
  • Perception bonus: 9 or more secret doors discovered +10% Bonus.( ♣438 ♦770 ♥810 ♠850 )
  • Vigilant Sight bonus: 11 or more secret doors discovered +15% Bonus.( ♣657 ♦1,155 ♥1,215 ♠1,275 )

Loot

  • Chests: Eight
    • One for killing Havel Torus, Captain of the Guard
    • One for killing Gustav Herrenghast, Fallen Cleric
    • One for killing Helga Ruvak, the Maid
    • One for convincing Lief Lipsiege to give you the key (requires Intelligence check)
    • One at the top of the north tower (locked, Cyrus has the key)
    • One for completing the Engage Strahd again optional (can drop named loot)
    • One after defeating Strahd's portrait
    • One end chest for reaching the exit with the ward key (can drop named loot)
  • Collectables: (partial list)
    • Rubble in Servant Quarters
    • Rubble and adventurer's pack in Butler's Quarters
    • Bookshelf (lore) in King's Accountant chamber
    • 2 bookshelves (lore) in Study
    • Cabinet (lore) in Bath Chamber
    • 3 Alchemy Tables (arcane) on the fourth floor from the South Tower, then up the stairs
  • NPC rewards:

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
Perfect Pinnacle
Perfect Pinnacle.png
Ring 10 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest, Challenge Strahd Again optional chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 5 months and 1 day
  • BugTime
Symphonic Lenses
Symphonic Lenses.png
Goggles 10 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest, Challenge Strahd Again optional chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 5 months and 1 day
  • BugTime
Cursebane Focus
Cursebane Focus.png
Trinket 10 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest, Challenge Strahd Again optional chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 4 months and 32 days
  • MrLizard
Lore-Fueled Packbanner
Lore-Fueled Packbanner.png
Bracers 10 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest + some other chests
Barovian Nobles' Regalia
Barovian Nobles' Regalia.png
Robe 10 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest, Challenge Strahd Again optional chest
Legendary Symphonic Lenses
Legendary Symphonic Lenses.png
Goggles 29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest, Challenge Strahd Again optional chest
  • Update 48.1.1
  • 5 months and 15 days
  • Cambo
Legendary Barovian Nobles' Regalia
Legendary Barovian Nobles' Regalia.png
Robe 29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest, Challenge Strahd Again optional chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 5 months and 1 day
  • BugTime
Legendary Perfect Pinnacle
Legendary Perfect Pinnacle.png
Ring 29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest, Challenge Strahd Again optional chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 5 months and 1 day
  • BugTime
Legendary Cursebane Focus
Legendary Cursebane Focus.png
Trinket 29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest, Challenge Strahd Again optional chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 4 months and 32 days
  • MrLizard
Legendary Lore-Fueled Packbanner
Legendary Lore-Fueled Packbanner.png
Bracers 29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire An Invitation to Dinner, End chest + some other chests
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Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Animated Arms(view)
Animated Arms.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♣32Epic Casual ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Construct Animated Object
Barovian Bat(view)
Barovian Bat.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦31Epic Normal Animal Bat
Barovian Creeper(view)
Barovian Creeper.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦31Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard Vermin Spider
Barovian Gargoyle(view)
Barovian Gargoyle.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal Monstrous Humanoid Gargoyle
Barovian Hunter(view)
Barovian Hunter.png
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal Vermin Spider
Barovian Rat(view)
Barovian Rat.png
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠16Elite ♦31Epic Normal Animal Rat
Barovian Witch(view)
Barovian Witch.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♦32Epic Normal Humanoid Hag
Benighted Ghast(view)
Benighted Ghast.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal Undead Ghoul
Benighted Ghoul(view)
Benighted Ghoul.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦31Epic Normal Undead Ghoul
Benighted Warrior(view)
Benighted Warrior.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠15Elite ♦31Epic Normal Undead Ghoul
Benighted Wizard(view)
Benighted Wizard.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal Undead Wight
Black Cellar Pudding(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♥12Hard Ooze Black Pudding
Black Pudding(view)
Black Pudding.jpg
 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠11Elite Ooze Black Pudding
Blood Spirit(view)
Blood Spirit.jpg
 ♦14Normal ♥16Hard ♦35Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Castle Guardian(view)
Castle Guardian.jpg
 ♥16Hard ♠18Elite ♦35Epic Normal Dragon Black Dragon
Castle Sentinel(view)
Castle Sentinel.jpg
 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Construct Golem
Crawling Claw(view)
Crawling Claw.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♣31Epic Casual ♦31Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Dense Black Cellar Pudding(view)
Dense Black Cellar Pudding.jpg
 ♦10?Normal ♠18Elite ♥39Epic Hard Ooze Black Pudding
Fallen Champion(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦14Normal ♥16Hard ♠19Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♠63Epic Elite Undead Spectre
Felix Blackarrow(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦14Normal ♥16Hard Undead Skeleton
Forsaken Wraith(view)
Forsaken Wraith.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Undead Wraith
Glimmer Gloom(view)
Glimmer Gloom.jpg
 ♠19Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♠63Epic Elite Magical Beast Spider
Grim Shadow(view)
Grim Shadow.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal Undead Shadow
Gustav Herrenghast(view)
Gustav Herrenghast.jpg
 ♠18Elite ♦35Epic Normal Undead Skeleton
Havel Tarus(view)
Havel Tarus.jpg
 ♦14Normal ♥16Hard ♠19Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Helga Ruvak(view)
Helga Ruvak Vamp.jpg
 ♦13Normal ♦35Epic Normal Undead Vampire
Portrait of Strahd(view)
Portrait of Strahd.jpg
 ♦18Normal ♥20Hard ♠23Elite ♦35Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Rahadin(view)
Rahadin.jpg
 ♦14Normal ♥16Hard ♠19Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard Elf Drow Elf
Restless Soul(view)
Restless Soul.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠15Elite ♦32Epic Normal Undead Spectre
Shadow of Hate(view)
Shadow of Hate.jpg
 ♦13Normal ♥16Hard ♠19Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Spectre(view)
Spectre.jpg
 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Undead Spectre
Strahd Zombie(view)
Strahd Zombie.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♣32Epic Casual ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Undead Zombie
Strahd von Zarovich(view)
Strahd.png
 ♥17Hard ♠23Elite ♦35Epic Normal Undead Vampire
Undead Arcanist(view)
Undead Arcanist.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♦32Epic Normal Undead Skeleton
Undead Archer(view)
Undead Archer.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠17Elite ♦31Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Undead Conscript(view)
Undead Conscript.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦31Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Vampire Spawn Archer(view)
Vampire Spawn Archer.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠?Epic Elite Undead Vampire
Vampire Spawn Mage(view)
Vampire Spawn Mage.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠?Epic Elite Undead Vampire
Vampire Spawn Rogue(view)
Vampire Spawn Rogue.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠?Epic Elite Undead Vampire
Vampire Spawn Warrior(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠16Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠?Epic Elite Undead Vampire
Vargouille(view)
Vargouille.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♦31Epic Normal Evil Outsider Bat