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And the Dead Shall Rise...

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The tower of Calliphor Validus burst forth from the site of his burial crypt. What dark magic could raise a tower from the dust of an ancient grave?

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure packIcon tooltip.png: Delera's Tomb
And the Dead Shall Rise...
Heroic level: 11
Epic level: None
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣2,112Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦3,700Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3,876Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠4,060Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Spire of Validus
Bestowed by: Siendra d'Jorasco
NPC contact: Siendra d'Jorasco
Quest acquired in: House Jorasco
Patron: House Jorasco
Base favor: 6
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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You must travel to Delera's Graveyard and seek out the Spire of Validus. Siendra told you that a terrible undead wizard dwells within it. You must defeat him!

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


  • Climb the Spire of Validus
  • (Optional) Slay Prince Kheffir (rare) — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣211 ♦370 ♥388 ♠406 )
  • (Optional) Slay Prince M'dab (rare) — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣211 ♦370 ♥388 ♠406 )
  • (Optional) Slay Prince Seti (rare) — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣211 ♦370 ♥388 ♠406 )
  • (Optional) Slay six skeletons — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣106 ♦185 ♥194 ♠203 )
  • (Optional) Slay 12 skeletons — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣211 ♦370 ♥388 ♠406 )
  • (Optional) Slay 18 skeletons — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣317 ♦555 ♥581 ♠609 )
  • (Optional) Slay 25 skeletons — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣422 ♦740 ♥775 ♠812 )
  • (Optional) Acquire Calliphor's Phylactery — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣106 ♦185 ♥194 ♠203 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (random)
  • Collapsible floor
  • Overlapping floors
  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Known Traps

Trap DCs

Spikes, air, acid traps found in altar rooms

Tips and Misc

Using Turn Undead on the fountain at the entrance causes four quest items called Tear of Dol Arrah to appear on the floor around the fountain. Altars on the path up the tower can be purified by these gems, instantly killing any nearby zombies (and replacing them with skeletons just as if you'd killed them yourself). Some players have assumed "There must be more to it than that!", but there isn't: killing a handful of zombies is your only reward for handling the Tears of Dol Arrah, and it's often the case that there's not even any zombies left by the time you make it to an altar.

Zombies in this quest are two-stage monsters; they are replaced with one of a variety of skeletons when killed. The skeletons can often be more dangerous than the original zombie - especially since they're immune to acid and fire. It's worth noting that Flesh to Stone can disable zombies without killing them. On Casual difficulty, only the skeletons will appear.

The "Slay 25 skeletons" optional objective is frequently uncompletable due to not enough skeletons spawning, even if you kill every zombie, break every sarcophagus, and check every hidden room.

The mummies hit very hard and bestow a healing-preventing Mummy's Curse, so remember to Remove Curse and then Remove Disease. If you have a Wizard or Sorcerer with you, Fire spells like Wall of Fire and Fireball are your best friends against the mummies (but not against the fire-immune skeletons).

When you arrive at the summit of the tower, you will find a small throne room with three altars. Each altar will bring you to a different corner of Calliphor Validus’s chamber. You may want to have your party enter through different altars to divide the Lich’s attention.

As soon as the Lich is disturbed, the floor of the chamber will slowly begin to fall away. Despite the risk of falling, melee can be of great help in defeating Validus as spellcasters can have difficulty damaging him. It can sometimes be possible to back him into a corner away from the falling floor. Ranged and spellcasters should attempt to stay in the corners of the room.

As a Lich, Validus is immune to level 4 and below spells, immune to Cold and Electricity, has a permanent Fire Shield: Cold, and has Disintegrate Ward. This makes life tough for arcanes; despite Disintegrate Ward nullifying a small percentage of Disintegrates, Disintegrate is probably an arcane’s best bet for damaging him. Divine casters can use Divine Punishment, Heal, and Cure Masses. A paladin with sufficient Lay On Hands can greatly reduce his hit points very quickly. Also as a Lich, Validus has DR 40/Bludgeon+Magic and DR 15/-, so melees had best bring high DPS proc weapons such as Greater Undead Bane or Disruption, ideally Bludgeoning. Ranged will have to rely on damage procs like Greater Undead Bane and Disruption, since the only source of Blunted Ammunition at this level is the Greatbow of the Scrag. A couple of bottles of 50 charge SUN FLASKS do the trick.

Validus likes to cast electric spells and Acid Rain, and casts Greater Dispel Magic. Resist Energy is subpar since it may be dispelled; Electricity and Acid resist from ship buffs or items is ideal. He will also occasionally use Paralyzing Touch if within melee range, so Freedom of Movement is not a bad idea.

After defeating Validus, before you drop all the way down to the bottom, there are two otherwise inaccessible balconies with hidden rooms you can Feather Fall to. One is at Level IX (Feather Fall North , to below the throne) with the possibility of the rare Prince M'dab and a chest, and the second is on Level VIII on the east side behind a secret door, with a possible chest.

After the quest is finished, behind the two chests at the bottom there is a secret door hiding a locked and trapped chest with Calliphor's Phylactery in it. This now results in an immediate 5% optional quest goal reward, and drops out of your inventory upon leaving the quest as normal for such items. Quest giver reacts/rewards the same whether you find it or not.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 71 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣211 ♦370 ♥388 ♠406 )
  • Tamper bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣211 ♦370 ♥388 ♠406 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 4 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣422 ♦740 ♥775 ♠812 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 5 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣634 ♦1,110 ♥1,163 ♠1,218 )
  • Observance bonus: 3 or more secret doors discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣169 ♦296 ♥310 ♠325 )
  • Mischief bonus: 59-61 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣169 ♦296 ♥310 ♠325 )
  • Vandal bonus: 78 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣211 ♦370 ♥388 ♠406 )
  • Ransack bonus: 96 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣317 ♦555 ♥581 ♠609 )


  • Chests: 4 - 6
    • 1 on one of the floors (can spawn in multiple locations, behind a secret door in the SW or NE room on the first floor or on the northern balcony below the third floor)
    • 1 optional for killing Prince Kheffir (Mummy, doesn't always spawn, found in the NE room on the second floor)
    • 1 optional for killing Prince Seti (Mummy, doesn't always spawn, found behind a secret door on the eastern balcony below the third floor)
    • 1 optional for killing Prince M'dab (Mummy, found on the northern balcony below the third floor)
    • 2 at the end for killing Calliphor Validus (Lich, the chests are found in the western passage on the first floor)
    • 1 locked, behind a secret door in the west wall past the two chests for the Lich. Contains Calliphor's Phylactery.
  • NPC rewards: Standard

Named Chest Drop


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Boneshrieker Harrier(view)
Boneshrieker Harrier.jpg
 ♠13Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Brimstone Butcher(view)
Brimstone Butcher.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Skeleton
Brimstone Friar(view)
Brimstone Friar.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Skeleton
Brimstone Impaler(view)
Brimstone Impaler.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Skeleton
Brimstone Servitor(view)
Brimstone Servitor.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Zombie
Calliphor Validus(view)
Calliphor Validus 01.jpg
 ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Lich
Dread Wraith(view)
Dread Wraith.jpg
 ♠18Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Undead Wraith
Prince Kheffir(view)
Prince Kheffir.jpg
 ♠18Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Mummy
Prince M'dab(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠18Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Mummy
Prince Seti(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠18Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Mummy
Blackfang Bat(view)
 ♦9Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥11Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite Animal Bat
Brimstone Magister(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Zombie
Darkfang Hunter(view)
Darkfang Hunter.jpg
 ♦8Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠13Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Eternal Hunter(view)
Eternal Hunter.jpeg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥12Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Undead Skeleton
Eternal Warrior(view)
Eternal Warrior.jpeg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥12Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Frostmarrow Shambler(view)
Frostmarrow Shambler.jpg
 ♦11Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥13Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠16Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Gelatinous Cube(view)
Gelatinous Cube.jpg
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠6/23Icon tooltip.pngElite Ooze Gelatinous Cube
Mummy Warden(view)
Mummy Warden.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠16Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Mummy
CRs missing! Undead Mummy
 ♦7Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥9Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠12Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Spectre

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