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Dirge of Karrnath

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Name: Dirge of Karrnath

Race: Human

Gender: Male

Bestows Quest(s): Tharashk Arena

Affiliation(s): Laughing Knives

Location: House Kundarak Enclave, near the Airship dock

Description: <Weapons Master> Dirge of Karrnath is the Weapons' Master of the Laughing Knives. He lost his weapon in the group's last incursion at the Vault of Night, and is trying to find a new one to replace it. As his name implies, he is native from the kingdom of Karrnath.

House Kundarak Enclave[edit]

If you try to talk to him while at level 4 or lower, he will reply:

  • Dirge of Karrnath: Why are you here, pup? The fights in the Tharashk Arena are much too tough for you.

If you are at level 5 or higher, however, he will reply:

  • Dirge of Karrnath: This is discrimination! Why can't a Human compete in the Tharashk Arena!?!
  • You: I'm sorry about your bugbear problems, but I'm here on behalf of Marek Malcanus. He wants you to return to the Laughing Knives.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: You don't understand. I've finally found a weapon to replace the one that broke in the Vault of Night! It's the grand prize here in Tharashk Arena.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: But they won't let me compete... and without a weapon, I can't just fight my way in.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: Say... maybe you can win the Oath of Droaam for me? The bugbears won't be any happier to see you, but at least YOU can smack them around until they let you compete. I've got a Drow friend in there too, Myr'dril, who could help you.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: I'll join Marek as soon as I have the axe in my hands! The Tharashk Arena entrance is just in front over there.
    • You: All right, I'll do it to get you back with the Laughing Knives. (Bestow quest)
      • Dirge of Karrnath: Outstanding! The roar of the crowd, the blood of your fallen foes... I envy you!
    • You: No, find some other dope to get your axe. (Walk away)

Talking to him after acquiring the quest, but before completion, will make he say:

  • Dirge of Karrnath: You should go in the Tharashk Arena and 'convince' the bugbears to let you compete.

On completion of quest, he will congratulate you with the following:

  • Dirge of Karrnath: Har, ha-ha-ha! I snuck in and saw the whole thing. Good show, good show—I especially like how you gutted their champion!
  • Dirge of Karrnath: Now, if you'll give me the Oath of Droaam... there it is, my new axe!
  • Dirge of Karrnath: Tell Marek Malcanus he can count on my strong arm at his side!

After completing the quest and taking the reward, if you talk to him again, he will reply:

  • Dirge of Karrnath: When my old weapon broke in the Vault of Night, I though i'd never find another one as powerful.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: But then you brought the Oath of Droaam to me... I'll rejoin the Laughing Knives, and this time nothing will stand up to my axe!

The Vault of Night[edit]

Dirge is found guarding the north entrance to the Command room. If you talk to him, he will say:

  • Dirge of Karrnath: You'll need strong protection to survive the Vault's defenses.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: I got just the thing—an enchanted shield that'll absorb electrical attacks. It won't be too shabby at deflecting common steel, either.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: You couldn't ask for a better friend in the heat of combat!
  • You: That sounds like what I'm looking for.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: You have an eye for quality gear!
  • Dirge of Karrnath: I ought to mention, though—we've only got enough equipment for each member of your party to choose a single boon. If you take my shield, you won't be able to use the tools that Haywire, Orphne and Veil brought along.
  • Dirge of Karrnath: You still want the shield?
    • You: No point hauling around exotic trinkets if I can't stay alive! Give me the shield. (Receive Dirge's Bulwark)
      • Dirge of Karrnath: Here's the shield—make good use of it.
    • You: Let me speak with the other Knives before I make my choice.

After you already acquired an item from one of the members of the Laughing Knives, he will say:

  • Dirge of Karrnath: The other Knives and I will stand guard until you return. Or until we're sure you're dead.

The Prisoner[edit]

Dirge of Karrnath (monster).png

Type: Humanoid (List)

Race: Human (List)

Monster Manual classification: Human

Alignment: Unknown

Color Type: Red - Strong Named Enemy

Rare: No

CR:  ♥32Epic Hard ♠48Epic Elite


Description: Illusions of Dirge of Karrnath, Haywire, Marek Malcanus, Shen Kulle, and Veil only spawn on Epic Hard and Epic Elite difficulties. They appear at the end fight once Orphne's Shadow has attacked. They do not have to be killed for the quest to complete.