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A Harper wizard has asked for help taking a Nether Scroll piece to a safer location at the end of Greenweald Lane.

The High Road of Shadows adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: The High Road of Shadows
Heroic level: 18
Epic level: 24
Duration: long
Heroic XP:  ♣3,352Solo/Casual ♦5,798Normal ♥6,009Hard ♠6,220Elite
Epic XP:  ♣11,719Solo/Casual ♦20,134Normal ♥20,735Hard ♠21,337Elite
Takes place in: Greenweald Lane
Bestowed by: Tibalt Dormen
NPC contact: Tibalt Dormen
Quest acquired in: Eveningstar
Patron: The Harpers
Base favor: 7
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Detour is the 1st quest in The Netherese Legacy 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.
The first four quests can be completed in any order to unlock The End of the Road.
Detour • Rest Stop • Lost in the Swamp • A Stay at the Inn • The End of the Road

A Harper has found one of Oriphaun's Nether Scroll pieces, but he needs your help with transporting the intensely magical fragment to a safe location.

Take the High Road to the Greenweald Trail. Once there, meet with the wizard Bensen Virandson and assist him with the scroll piece.

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


  • Speak with Bensen Virandson
  • Escort Bensen to the Harper Lodge
  • Contain the Nether Scroll Fragment
  • Defeat Dom, the mercenary leader
  • (Optional) Defeat Thoven — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣168 ♦290 ♥300 ♠311 ) Epic( ♣586 ♦1,007 ♥1,037 ♠1,067 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Nil — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣168 ♦290 ♥300 ♠311 ) Epic( ♣586 ♦1,007 ♥1,037 ♠1,067 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Pelloth — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣168 ♦290 ♥300 ♠311 ) Epic( ♣586 ♦1,007 ♥1,037 ♠1,067 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Song — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣168 ♦290 ♥300 ♠311 ) Epic( ♣586 ♦1,007 ♥1,037 ♠1,067 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Dolthin — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣168 ♦290 ♥300 ♠311 ) Epic( ♣586 ♦1,007 ♥1,037 ♠1,067 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Rand — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣168 ♦290 ♥300 ♠311 ) Epic( ♣586 ♦1,007 ♥1,037 ♠1,067 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Udere — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣168 ♦290 ♥300 ♠311 ) Epic( ♣586 ♦1,007 ♥1,037 ♠1,067 )

Known Traps

Trap DC: Heroic and Epic

Fire Spell Wards around Song's group

Tips and Misc

Quick walkthrough: Enter the quest. Break breakables in the house. Leave the house. Break breakables around the house. Talk to guy and get going. He is mostly invulnerable, but sometimes a dretch spawns when he takes hits. Follow the winding path, slaying humanoid skirmishers/archers/etc., including several orange named. Areas off the path may contain wolves, spiders or bears. Pass a shrine around halfway through. When you approach an orange bard named Song, beware the spell wards.

Ultimately, you arrive at a big house. Your companion promptly enters the cellar, but you can safely break breakables and shrine up (upstairs). Then enter the cellar and break breakables. Buff up, speak to end boss and kill him, along with his Earth Elemental pet and some other friends he gets. Opening the magically warded container concludes the quest.

  • The spawned dretches don't count towards your kills bonus; it may be worth leaving Bensen at the start of the quest and going back for him, especially if you have Dimension Door, to avoid having to fight them.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 87 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣335 ♦580 ♥601 ♠622 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 113 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣503 ♦870 ♥901 ♠933 )
  • Conquest bonus: 139 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣838 ♦1,450 ♥1,502 ♠1,555 )
  • Tamper bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣335 ♦580 ♥601 ♠622 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 4 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣670 ♦1,160 ♥1,202 ♠1,244 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 5 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣1,006 ♦1,739 ♥1,803 ♠1,866 )
  • Mischief bonus: 33 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣268 ♦464 ♥481 ♠498 )
  • Vandal bonus: 43 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣335 ♦580 ♥601 ♠622 )
  • Ransack bonus: 53 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣503 ♦870 ♥901 ♠933 )
Notes: The Spell Wards may respawn; if that happens, you will need to disable significantly more. In this case, 13 will only get you a Tamper bonus.
  • Insta-killing Song seems to prevent more wards from spawning.
  • Keeping the second wave of traps from appearing (by either searching *or* running into them) will keep the requirement from resetting, so don't search these out if you think you can avoid them.
  • Similarly, avoiding searching out the first wave before the fight (i.e., luring Song and cohorts away from the traps before engaging, so the traps are neither searched nor run into) may also change the requirements (untested theory).


  • Chests: 4
    • One after defeating Nil
    • One after defeating Song
    • One after defeating Rand
    • One after defeating Dom (end chest)
  • Collectables: 6
    • Adventurer's Pack on the ridge after Nils' ambush
    • Adventurer's Pack on the point of the ridge further down (a little before Toven's ambush)
    • Adventurer's Pack on a ridge just before Song's ambush
    • Adventurer's Pack on a ridge just after Dolthin's ambush, amongst the spider trees
    • Bones behind an outbuilding at the end
    • Cabinet on the catwalk in the basement, to the north (can be reached by ladder at the far right, in the dark)
  • NPC rewards: Standard

Named Chest Drop

Treads of Falling Shadow - Boots - Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip - End chest

Wizard's Ward - Orb - Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip - Song's chest


Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Brush Creeper( view
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 ♦18Normal ♥22Hard ♠28Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard Vermin Spider
Dire Bear( view
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 ♦18Normal ♥29Epic Hard Animal Bear
Dolthin( view
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 ♦20Normal ♥24Hard ♠30Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Dom( view
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 ♦21Normal ♠31Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Dretch( view
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 ♦12Normal ♠17Elite ♥23Epic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Netherese Wizard( view
Netherese Wizard.jpg
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 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠28Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Nil( view
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 ♦20Normal ♠30Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Pelloth( view
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 ♦20Normal ♠30Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Elf Drow Elf
Rand( view
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 ♦20Normal ♠30Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Halfling Halfling
Roving Wolf( view
Roving Wolf.jpg
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 ♦18Normal ♠28Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard Animal Wolf
Sellsword Archer( view
Sellsword Archer.jpg
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 ♦18Normal ♥22Hard ♠28Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Sellsword Brute( view
Sellsword Brute.jpg
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 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Sellsword Footpad( view
Sellsword Footpad.jpg
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 ♦18Normal ♥22Hard ♠28Elite ♥29Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Sellsword Skirmisher( view
Sellsword Skirmisher.jpg
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 ♦18Normal ♥22Hard ♠28Elite ♥29Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Slam( view
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 ♦20Normal ♠30Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Elemental Earth Elemental
Song( view
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 ♦20Normal ♠30Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Elf Elf
Summoned Shadow( view
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 ♠26Elite ♥27Epic Hard Undead Shadow
Thoven( view
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 ♦20Normal ♠30Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Elf Elf
Udere( view
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 ♦20Normal ♠30Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Elf Drow Elf
Umbral Worg( view
Umbral Worg.png
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 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♥30Epic Hard Undead Shadow