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Strange noises echo up from the depths of the ruined tower, believed to have been built in ages past by the great mage, Zenopus. The local villagers have asked you to investigate the ancient tunnels beneath the tower, and put an end to any threats.

Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
Back to Basics
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: 32
(considered Legendary)
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣508Solo/Casual ♦916Normal ♥983Hard ♠1,052Elite
Epic XP:  ♣8,036Solo/Casual ♦13,722Normal ♥14,050Hard ♠14,378Elite
Takes place in: Ruined Tower Basement
Bestowed by: Eyrk Hollums
NPC contact: Eyrk Hollums
Quest acquired in: Saltmarsh
Patron: The Gatekeepers
Base favor: 3
Purchase: Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

Eyrk believes there is smugglers in the old tower. They hear noises coming from there, but what is concerning are the screams heard in the middle of the night. You should go and check it out.


Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


Objectives

  • Explore the Tunnels
  • Bypass the Barrier
  • Defeat the Mage
  • Defeat the Nightmare
  • (Optional) Access the Treasure Room — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 ) Legendary( ♣804 ♦1,372 ♥1,405 ♠1,438 )
  • (Optional) Slay the Ancient Flameskull — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 ) Legendary( ♣804 ♦1,372 ♥1,405 ♠1,438 )
  • (Optional) Slay Capitan Eulford — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 ) Legendary( ♣804 ♦1,372 ♥1,405 ♠1,438 )

Known Traps

Trap and Lock DCs

  • Double length, horizontal Blades in the west hallway, Control panels at both ends.

Tips and Misc

  • Welcome to D&D's first dungeon! The Tower of Zenopus was included in the original Basic Rules in 1977, under the name "Sample Dungeon".
  • To complete the quest; just run the shortest path clockwise and use the three levers in the rooms you pass through. None of the optionals has to be visited.
  • Slay Captain Eulford
  1. Jump into the fast flowing stream and swim to the very end, Captain Eulford is in a secret room in this area. Before you open the secret door, you can use the purple lever to illuminate one of the three treasure room lights.
  • Access the Treasure room
  1. To open the treasury you need to illuminate three lights.
  2. Leave the stream at the first opportunity via a rock slope on the right-hand side, if you miss this there is a bridge with a ladder shortly after. The blue light switch can be found near to the secret door (Secret door is already in a revealed state) before you get to the bridge. The final switch (green) can be found just through the door after crossing the bridge.
  • Slay the Ancient Flameskull
  1. To summon the flameskull, press the runes beneath the braziers.
  • It may be possible to attack the final boss through the barrier over the door with certain AoE effects.needs verification

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 34 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 67 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣76 ♦137 ♥147 ♠158 )
  • Tamper bonus: 1 or more trap disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 )
  • Observance bonus: 1 or more secret door discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣41 ♦73 ♥79 ♠84 )
  • Mischief bonus: 26 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣41 ♦73 ♥79 ♠84 )
  • Vandal bonus: 34 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 )
  • Ransack bonus: 41 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣76 ♦137 ♥147 ♠158 )

Loot

  • Chests: 4
  1. One for Killing Captain Eulford
  2. One for Killing the Flameskull
  3. One in the Treasury
  4. One End Chest

NPC end rewards

Randomly generated loot, ML correlates with effective quest level.

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
Saltiron Docent
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(edit)
Docent  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Back to Basics, end chest
  • Update 61.0.1
  • 8 months and 28 days
  • Cru121
Wind-Swept Buckler
Wind-Swept Buckler.png
(edit)
Buckler shield  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Back to Basics, end chest
  • Update 62.1
  • 7 months and 4 days
  • Ulfo
Goldcursed Dagger
Goldcursed Dagger.png
(edit)
Dagger  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Back to Basics, end chest
Legendary Saltiron Docent
Legendary Saltiron Docent.png
(edit)
Docent  30 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Back to Basics, end chest, or Legendary version of Epic Saltiron Docent
  • Update 62.1
  • 7 months and 4 days
  • Cru121
Legendary Goldcursed Dagger
Legendary Goldcursed Dagger.png
(edit)
Dagger  30 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Back to Basics, end chest, or Legendary version of Epic Goldcursed Dagger
Legendary Wind-Swept Buckler
Legendary Wind-Swept Buckler.png
(edit)
Buckler shield  30 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Back to Basics, end chest, or Legendary version of Epic Wind-Swept Buckler
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Monsters

Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Ancient Flameskull( view
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥44Epic Hard ♠39Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Captain Eulford( view
Captain Eulford.png
 • edit )
 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥44Epic Hard ♠39Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Magus Winfred( view
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 • edit )
 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥44Epic Hard ♠39Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Marsh Crawler( view
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 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Vermin Spider
Marsh Ghoul( view
Marsh Ghoul.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Undead Ghoul
Nightmare (nightmare)( view
Nightmare (Nightmare).png
 • edit )
 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥44Epic Hard ♠39Epic Elite Evil Outsider Devil
Saltmarsh Crayfish( view
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 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Vermin Crayfish
Saltmarsh Goblin Shaman( view
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 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Goblinoid Goblin
Saltmarsh Goblin( view
Saltmarsh Goblin.png
 • edit )
 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard ♠6Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard ♠38Epic Elite Goblinoid Goblin
Saltmarsh Ooze( view
Saltmarsh Ooze.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Ooze Gray Ooze
Saltmarsh Rat( view
Saltmarsh Rat.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Animal Rat
Saltmarsh Skeleton Archer( view
Saltmarsh Skeleton Archer.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Saltmarsh Skeleton( view
Saltmarsh Skeleton.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Smuggler Deck Boss( view
Smuggler Deck Boss.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Smuggler Deck Hand( view
Smuggler Deck Hand.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Smuggler Lookout( view
Smuggler Lookout.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Smuggler Sneak( view
Smuggler Sneak.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Smuggler Sorceror( view
Smuggler Sorceror.png
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Humanoid Human