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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 pack: Delera's Tomb
And the Dead Shall Rise...
Heroic level: 11
Epic level: None
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣2,112Solo/Casual ♦3,700Normal ♥3,879Hard ♠4,060Elite
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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Overview

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!

Objectives

  • 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 ♥582 ♠609 )
  • (Optional) Slay 25 skeletons — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣422 ♦740 ♥776 ♠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 (west) 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 ♥776 ♠812 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 5 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣634 ♦1,110 ♥1,164 ♠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 ♥582 ♠609 )

Loot

  • Chests: 4 - 6
    • 1 on one of the floors (can spawn in multiple locations, behind a secret door in the South-west or North-east 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 North-east 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

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
  • Update 48.2
  • 6 months and 2 days
  • BugTime
Flame's Gift
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Trinket 9 UnboundIcon tooltip.pngUnbound: This item is Unbound, and may take permanent damage. And the Dead Shall Rise..., End Chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 6 months and 2 days
  • BugTime
Token of the Faithful
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Trinket
  • Lesser TurningIcon tooltip.pngLesser Turning: Increases total number of Turn Undead uses by 2, once wielder rests. If you unequip the item you will lose these turns.
  • Eternal FaithIcon tooltip.pngEternal Faith: An item with this quality assists only wearers who have the ability to turn undead. Eternal Faith increase the owner's effective level for the turning check by +2, his maximum Hit Dice turned by +2, and his total Hit Dice turned by +4.
9 UnboundIcon tooltip.pngUnbound: This item is Unbound, and may take permanent damage. And the Dead Shall Rise..., End Chest
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Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Blackfang Bat(view)
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 ♦9Normal ♥11Hard ♠14Elite Animal Bat
Boneshrieker Harrier(view)
Boneshrieker Harrier.jpg
 ♦8Normal ♠13Elite 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 Magister(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Zombie
Brimstone Servitor(view)
Brimstone Servitor.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Zombie
Calliphor Validus(view)
Calliphor Validus 01.jpg
 ♠20Elite Undead Lich
Darkfang Hunter(view)
Darkfang Hunter.jpg
 ♦8Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite Vermin Spider
Dread Wraith(view)
Dread Wraith.jpg
 ♠18Elite ♦25Epic Normal Undead Wraith
Eternal Hunter(view)
Eternal Hunter.jpeg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦21Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠44Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Eternal Warrior(view)
Eternal Warrior.jpeg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦21Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠44Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Frostmarrow Shambler(view)
Frostmarrow Shambler.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite Undead Skeleton
Gelatinous Cube(view)
Gelatinous Cube.jpg
 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♠6/23Elite Ooze Gelatinous Cube
Mummy Warden(view)
Mummy Warden.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♠16Elite Undead Mummy
Mummy(view)
Mummy.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Mummy
Prince Kheffir(view)
Prince Kheffir.jpg
 ♠18Elite Undead Mummy
Prince M'dab(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠18Elite Undead Mummy
Prince Seti(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠18Elite Undead Mummy
Spectre(view)
Spectre.jpg
 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Undead Spectre