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In the Belly of the Beast

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House Cay'Vorym welcomes all races to its secret arenas, where captured unfortunates are used in gladiatorial fights to the death.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Menace of the Underdark
In the Belly of the Beast
Heroic level: None
Epic level: 22
Duration: long
Heroic XP: N/A
Epic XP:  ♣13,688Solo/Casual ♦23,565Normal ♥24,316Hard ♠25,067Elite
Takes place in: Secret Caverns
Bestowed by: Sorina Parnock
NPC contact: Sorina Parnock
Quest acquired in: Eveningstar
Patron: Purple Dragon Knights
Base favor: 8
Purchase: Menace of the Underdark
Extreme Challenge: No
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Sorina Parnock says the Purple Dragon Knights are being kidnapped and taken to a Drow gladiatorial pit, where they are being killed for sport. Find the Cay'Vorim Fighting Pit in the Underdark, west of Sschindylryn, free any living Knights, and put an end to the bloodsport that happens there. The Underdark can be accessed through Eveningstar Cavern.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Gain entry to the Cay'Vorym arena
  • Find a way to shut down the arena
  • Defeat Sineater
  • Find and reassemble the weapon shards
  • Put Feryl Cay'Vorym out of everyone's misery
  • Cut your way out of the worm
  • (Optional) Talk your way past Pelree Cay'Vorym — no XP
  • (Optional) Steal Rhitez's amulet without being detected — Bonus (9.9%): Epic( ♣1,355 ♦2,333 ♥2,407 ♠2,482 )
  • (Optional) Slay Idrigozak, the Illithid high roller — Bonus (9.9%): Epic( ♣1,355 ♦2,333 ♥2,407 ♠2,482 )
  • (Optional) Slay Zeslyn, the Cay'Vorym purser — Bonus (9.9%): Epic( ♣1,355 ♦2,333 ♥2,407 ♠2,482 )
  • (Optional) Slay Voltane, the slavemaster — Bonus (9.9%): Epic( ♣1,355 ♦2,333 ♥2,407 ♠2,482 )
  • (Optional) Bargain with Feryl Cay'Vorym for the knights' freedom — Bonus (24.7%): Epic( ♣3,381 ♦5,821 ♥6,006 ♠6,192 )
  • (Optional) Slay the purple worm in less than a minute — Bonus (14.8%): Epic( ♣2,026 ♦3,488 ♥3,599 ♠3,710 )

Tips and Misc

Please note: Due to a bug meaning the damage from the Acid is much higher than expected, this quest is currently much harder than usual. A fix for this is due soon.

For whatever reason, this is one of the buggiest quests in the game – there are a dozen different things that can break, some of which need to be worked around to progress the quest and some of which may require restarting.

Getting to the quest

  • In the Underdark is a portal at the Ruins of Riz Malag explorer point. Once this has been found, it's available as an entrance point to the Underdark from the Eveningstar Cavern. This portal is very close to the quest entrance for this quest. Just follow the right hand path upwards to the Secret Caverns.
  • If you did not activate the Riz Malag portal, the run there from the Drow city is not too long. (See video.)

Outer Cavern

  • To gain entrance to the main cavern you must get past the drow wizard gatekeeper Pelree Cay'Vorym. You can try a Haggle roll, Intimidate roll, or just start a fight.
    • Bug: Pelree sometimes refuses to speak with you causing you to need to restart the quest.
  • In the cavern, there are four competitors with their entourages. Each will offer you a deal, though the deals are frequently mutually exclusive.
    • The drider champion Rhitez offers you a reward to kill his cousin, the drow slavemaster Voltane.
    • The illithid high roller Idrigozak offers you a reward to switch the amulet of the drider Rhitez.
      • Getting caught switching it will force you to fight Rhitez and any alerted guards.
      • This objective can be done fairly easily by anyone with Invisibility and "wings" (such as Cannith Boots of Propulsion) – go invisible, wait for Rhitez to turn his back to you, switch the amulet, and "wing" out of his room.
      • Bug: The objective to switch the amulet of the drider Rhitez will sometimes fail to complete, even if you don't get caught.
    • The drow slavemaster Voltane offers you a reward to kill the drow purser Zeslyn Cay'Vorym, who refused to accept his bet against his brother.
    • The drow purser Zeslyn Cay'Vorym offers you a reward for killing the illithid high roller Idrigozak's party.
  • Each competitor whose objective you complete and do not kill will leave you a chest at the end of the quest. You can get at most 2 competitor chests, since completing three or more of the optionals will require killing at least two of the competitors.
  • Each competitor you kill or befriend before the arena is one less competitor you face in the arena. It's highly recommended to take care of the competition beforehand on higher difficulties.
  • You can get the experience for all four of the optional competitor objectives, though it does limit you to only one of the chests:
  1. Talk to all four competitors to be given the objectives.
  2. Steal the amulet from the drider Rhitez.
  3. Slay the illithid Idrigozak, the drow slavemaster Voltane, and the drow wizard Zeslyn Cay'Vorym.

Pit Cavern

  • If you avoid dropping into the pit right away, you can make your way around the stands and bargain with Feryl Cay'Vorym to spare the caged Purple Dragon Knights. A successful check (Haggle and a lot of platinum, Diplomacy, or Bluff) saves the Knights, but you'll still have to drop into the pit to continue. If you fail the check or never talk to Feryl, the knights will assist you in the pit until they perish.
  • Be prepared to face a massive wave of yuan-ti, several massive waves of drow, any competitors you didn't take care of, and a special surprise – up to dozens of enemies at a time. Effective crowd control can make things vastly easier, though keep in mind almost everything has spell resistance.
  • Bug: When the stands collapse, spectators can fail to become active when they fall and/or fail to fall at all. When this happens, one person Dimension Dooring and standing just outside the door to the arena area (next to Zeslyn Cay'Vorym's room, not outside the pit cage) will cause bugged spectators to become active until that person moves. The inactive spectators make themselves transparent, so they'll be very difficult to see aside from their eyes. It is also possible that status attacks which incapacitate the lesser worms cause them to burrow and not return; see DDO Forums for more discussion
  • If you get to a point after Feryl Cay'Vorym falls where he's walking around aimlessly with Earthcarver and the quest is not continuing, there are inactive spectators or worms that still need to be killed. You can damage Feryl, but it won't accomplish much as he'll be restored to half HP if his HP is depleted.

In the Belly

  • Acid resistance (and if necessary Protection from Energy: Acid) is recommended. The stomach acid can hit for 50+ a tick on Elite.
  • If you die, be wary of taking Raise Deads – the digestive stomach acid will immediately damage you.
  • Do not leave fallen comrades Soul Stones behind in the belly as that person will be stuck and unable to collect the end chest(s).
  • The Earthcarver Shards can be used as a dagger while you're in the belly. Once all 4 shards are collected, they combine into a greatsword.
  • When you get out of the belly you still have to kill Sineater, but at this point the beast has a tiny percentage of health remaining and barely attacks at all. If you survived the earlier fight, you should be absolutely fine here.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 33 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣-0 ♦-0 ♥-0 ♠-0 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 67 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣-0 ♦-0 ♥-0 ♠-0 )
  • Conquest bonus: 100 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣-0 ♦-0 ♥-0 ♠-0 )
  • Mischief bonus: 17 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣-0 ♦-0 ♥-0 ♠-0 )
  • Vandal bonus: 22 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣-0 ♦-0 ♥-0 ♠-0 )
  • Ransack bonus: 27 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣-0 ♦-0 ♥-0 ♠-0 )
Notes: kill counters are adjusted upon entering the belly.


  • Chests: Up to 3
    • One end chest
    • Up to 2 additional chests at the end, one for each competitor whose task you completed and did not kill.
  • Collectables: 3
    • Bones right of the stairs to the arena
    • Bones in the purple worm pit (after the floor falls away)
    • Bones at the end of the worm's digestive tract
  • NPC rewards: standard


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Acolyte of Lolth( view
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 ♦23Epic Normal ♥27Epic Hard ♠26Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Bear( view
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 ♥17Hard ♠22Elite ♥21Epic Hard Animal Bear
Blademaster( view
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 ♦23Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard ♠26Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Cay'Vorym Guard( view
Cay'Vorym Guard.jpg
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♠26Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Collared Slave( view
Collared Slave.jpg
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 ♦19Epic Normal ♠23Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Digestive Slime( view
Digestive Slime.jpg
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 ♠31Epic Elite Ooze Ochre Jelly
Dire Bear( view
Dire Bear.png
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 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♠26Elite ♥29Epic Hard Animal Bear
Dominated Servant (Abomination)( view
Dominated Servant (Abomination).jpg
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 ♠26Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Yuan-ti
Dominated Servant (Pureblood)( view
Dominated Servant (Pureblood).jpg
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 ♠26Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Yuan-ti
Drider Spectator( view
Drider Spectator.png
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 ♠26Epic Elite Aberration Drider
Drider( view
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 ♦23Epic Normal ♥27Epic Hard ♠26Epic Elite Aberration Drider
Elder Purple Worm Tail( view
Elder Purple Worm Tail.png
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 ♦26Epic Normal Magical Beast Purple Worm
Elder Purple Worm( view
Elder Purple Worm.jpg
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 ♦26Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Magical Beast Purple Worm
Feryl Cay'Vorym( view
Feryl Cay'Vorym.jpg
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 ♦25Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠46Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Guard( view
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♥27Epic Hard ♠26Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Idrigozak( view
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 ♦25Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠28Epic Elite Aberration Mind Flayer
Illithid Spectator( view
Illithid Spectator.jpg
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 ♠26Epic Elite Aberration Mind Flayer
Kressyndor( view
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠44Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Leech( view
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠44Epic Elite Aberration Rust Monster
Parasite( view
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 ♠26Epic Elite Aberration Rust Monster
Pelree Cay'Vorym( view
Pelree Cay'Vorym.jpg
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 ♦24Normal ♥29Hard ♠28Elite Elf Drow Elf
Phlegm( view
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠27Epic Elite Ooze Ochre Jelly
Purple Worm Tail( view
Purple Worm Tail.jpg
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♠34Epic Elite Magical Beast Purple Worm
Purple Worm( view
Purple Worm.jpg
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♠27Epic Elite Magical Beast Purple Worm
Rhitez( view
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 ♦25Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠28Epic Elite Aberration Drider
Sineater( view
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 ♦29Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard ♠34Epic Elite Magical Beast Purple Worm
Slave (drow)( view
Slave (Drow).jpg
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 ♦19Epic Normal ♠38Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Spectator( view
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 ♠22Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Voltane( view
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠27Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Worm Intestine( view
Worm Intestine.jpg
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 ♦23Epic Normal ♠26Epic Elite Magical Beast Purple Worm
Yuan-ti Abomination( view
Yuan-ti Abomination.jpg
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 ♠26Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Yuan-ti
Yuan-ti Disciple of Zehir( view
Yuan-ti Disciple of Zehir.jpg
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♠26Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Yuan-ti
Yuan-ti Incanter( view
Yuan-ti Incanter.jpg
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♠26Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Yuan-ti
Yuan-ti Sharp-Eye( view
Yuan-ti Sharp-Eye.jpg
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 ♦23Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard ♠43Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Yuan-ti
Zeslyn Cay'Vorym( view
Zeslyn Cay'Vorym.jpg
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 ♦25Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠28Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf

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