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Let Sleeping Dust Lie

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The Crimson Foot live beneath Meridia, their existence helps maintain a natural balance creating environmental harmony in the Vale of Twilight.

The Vale of Twilight adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure packIcon tooltip.png: The Vale of Twilight
Let Sleeping Dust Lie
Heroic level: 16
Epic level: None
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP:  ♣3,900Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦6,766Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥7,033Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7,299Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Crimson Foot Hive
Bestowed by: Walk-up
NPC contact: Taaniel Badhri
Quest acquired in: The Vale of Twilight
Patron: The Twelve
Base favor: 8
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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While exploring the Vale of Twilight, you found a submerged area of ruins underneath Meridia. Swim through and explore the cavern. Perhaps more clues about the missing Twelve members can be found within.

  • This is a walk-up quest, automatically bestowed by reaching the Crimson Foot Hive. The reward NPC (Taaniel Badhri) is located in Meridia - go up the ramp on the north side of the temple to the tavern area; Taaniel is in the SW corner.

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


  • Navigate the submerged ruins
  • Speak with Ketriel Ephon
  • Read the first journal entry
  • Slay Kasi Nokhba
  • Pick up the key
  • Read the second journal entry
  • (Failure) Don't kill more than 5 Crimson Foot
  • Slay Yre Kubuts
  • Pick up Yre's Key
  • (Failure) Protect the Crimson Foot Queen
  • Slay Kkomglol
  • Gain entry to the mausoleum
  • Slay Phaosth
  • Drop the magical barrier (3 Wheels)
  • Slay Thazgol

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed, disarmable)
  • Protect an NPC (mandatory)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Puzzle (mandatory: puzzle wheels)
  • Quest failure (if the Spider Queen dies)
  • Quest failure (if more than 4 spiders are killed after the first journal is picked up)

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Spikes. Upon dropping down hole in the ground. Control panel is next to pillars.
  • Spikes. Before entering the first room after entering the hole. Panel behind pillar.
  • Spikes. In room next to Phaosth. Panel is in the main hall entryway by pillar.

Tips and Misc

  • To start this one off, be sure to have some method of water breathing (or be a Warforged). A short swim is required to get you down into the spider lair, but it can be a little difficult to navigate the submerged ruins. The easiest way to avoid wrong turns and getting turned about, is to keep going down, and corkscrew to the left when given the opportunity. This will lead you directly to the entrance of the spider tunnels.
  • There are no respawns in this quest. There are a limited amount of spawning ogres encountered during the "Protect the Crimson Foot Queen" objective.
  • Useful buffs:
  • There are three upper walkways - west, southeast, and northeast - each of which has two of the six cave paths leading to it. The first journal appears down one of the caves, and the second journal will appear on one of the three upper walkways. It's fairly obvious which caves lead to which walkway.
    • The SW and NW caves lead to the west walkway. The shrine is located on the west walkway.
    • The S and SE caves lead to the southeast walkway. The SE cave is the cave through which you enter the quest.
    • The N and NE caves lead to the northeast walkway.
  • The objective "Don't kill more than 5 crimson foot" does not appear until you read the first journal. Simply bypass the first journal and you can kill any spiders you run across without risk of failing this objective. Clear the main areas then come back and read the first journal. In the boss room, have someone lure off the spiders while the rest kill the bosses in order to keep them safe. Killing any spiders will ruin your chances at a bonus chest, (the one you get for zero spider kills - spiders killed before reading the first journal also count).
    • It's possible, using a Monk's Abundant Step, a Favored Soul's Leap of Faith, or similar abilities (such as that found on the Cannith Boots of Propulsion) to reach the upper floors. Unannounced changes in the quest have increased "invisible" walls on some past locations (rubble, typically), leaving only torches and tiny ledges on pillars for classes with persistent long-jump ability to reach an upper location.
      • Note that if you don't have a way to reach the upper floors by jumping, you will need to read the first journal in order to get Kasi Nokhba to appear so you can get the key to the doors leading to the upper floors.
    • Kasi Nohkba appears randomly down one of the passageways leading off the main cavern, he is always rather close to the entrance passage way so you do not need to go all the way to the end to find him. A quick way to find him is to take a peek down each passage way till you find him. He can spawn in the passageway leading to the entrance of the quest.
    • After getting the key, you can use Q to find the second journal and identify which upper walkway has the journal. This minimizes the risk in clearing walkways and killing spiders by mistake.
    • Yre Kubuts spawns near the locked door in the main cavern leading to the Crimson Foot Queen after reading the second Journal.
    • There are only 4 spiders in the final fight, so if you successfully get through the quest without killing any spiders, you can freely kill all the spiders in the final fight while completing the main objective (you will still lose the "no spiders killed at all" bonus chest).
  • Phaosth also drops a key which opens the door to the final boss. You can also lockpick this door, however it's pointless to do so as Slaying Phaosth is a required objective, the quest won't complete if you skipped him and lockpicked it instead.
  • If you want to try and keep all the spiders alive, you will need precise targeting. Fingers of Death, no area spells, no auto targeting, no armor guard effects, no two-handed weapons with glancing blows, etc.
    • Or, since the spiders are immune to acid damage, use acid area spells like Acid Blast or Acid Fog exclusively to simply and easily complete the quest.
    • Another good strategy is to get someone who can move quickly while stealthed to lure the spiders away from each fight before engaging the ogres. Spiders can see through stealth and they immediately aggro only on the sneaking character, while the ogres remain unaware, allowing for the rest of the party to sweep in and kill them.
    • Building a specific weapon for this quest can also help with accidental blows. The prefixes (acid, holy, good) and the suffix Giant Bane are good choices, since the spiders are True Neutral and Immune to Acid, whereas the ogres are Evil Giants, and the end boss is an Evil Outsider (Rakshasa).
  • Once all of the ogres in a section of the map are dead, the spiders in that area deactivate. They won't attack you and you can't harm them.
  • NOTE: The Ogres can do AoE damage that can damage or kill nearby spiders.
  • Spiders are immune to enchantment spells, so if you throw up an Otto's Sphere of Dancing, it will stop the rakshasa, but not the spiders. This can be useful if you need to lure the spiders away to use AOE effects on the rakshasa.
  • The safest/fastest strategy for the end fight if you have some casters in the party: Hit each of the four spiders with Flesh to Stone, and the rakshasa with Finger of Death/PK. Pull Thazgol far down the corridor away from the spiders in case they break. Now you can safely use strong AOE spells to slay him quickly.
  • One of the mini bosses is named "Kkomglol", When you first hear the DM announce his name it doesn't sound unusual... but break it up and it reads: kk-omg-lol - common netspeak meaning "Okay, oh my god, I'm laughing out loud".

Quick Walkthrough

  • Talk to Ketriel Ephon
  • Find Journal Entry 1 (random location, the 1s on the map) Once read, 5 spider no-kill in effect.
  • Find and kill ogre magi Kasi Nokhba (random location, 2s on the map)
  • Grab key that drops, find Journal Entry 2 (random location, 3s on map)
  • Kill ogre magi Yre Kubuts (location 4 on map), grab his key that drops
  • Go to queen spider in center, protect her from ogre assault
  • Kill rakshasa Kkomglol when he spawns in assault --> assault ends
  • Drop down (purple X on map), kill all ogres, ogre magi and rakshasa outside of forcefield
  • Turn wheels toward correct symbols (see map) to drop forcefield.
  • Kill Thazgol. When he dies, 5 spider no-kill revoked. Quest complete.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: ~193 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣390 ♦677 ♥703 ♠730 )
  • Onslaught bonus: ~254 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣585 ♦1,015 ♥1,055 ♠1,095 )
  • Tamper bonus: 2 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣390 ♦677 ♥703 ♠730 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣780 ♦1,353 ♥1,407 ♠1,460 )
  • Mischief bonus: 47 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣312 ♦541 ♥563 ♠584 )
  • Vandal bonus: 61 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣390 ♦677 ♥703 ♠730 )
  • Ransack bonus: 75 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣585 ♦1,015 ♥1,055 ♠1,095 )


  • Chests: 2-4
    • One at the "protect the named spider" shrine
    • One at the end
    • One optional for 0 spider kills (disappears with a single spider kill at ANY point in the quest)
    • One optional for killing all the ogre magi. This chest appears even after quest is completed, so the easiest way to do this is to complete the necessary parts to end the quest, then run around and kill ogre magi (no need to worry about not killing spiders) until the chest pops.
    • Ingredients: Locust Husk, Chipmunk Funk, Shavarath Stone of Strategy
  • Collectables: 5
    • Rubble in the main chamber
    • Adventurer's Pack in the main chamber
    • Fungus Patch in the main chamber
    • Rubble on the NE walkway
    • Fungus Patch on the SE walkway
  • NPC rewards: Random item (up to 15th level accessories, up to 14th level weapons and armor)


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Crimson Foot Drone(view)
Crimson Foot Drone.jpg
 ♦8Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠13Icon tooltip.pngElite Magical Beast Spider
Crimson Foot Herald(view)
Crimson Foot Herald.jpg
 ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite Magical Beast Spider
Crimson Foot Shepherd(view)
Crimson Foot Shepherd.jpg
 ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite Magical Beast Spider
Crimson Foot Slayer(view)
Crimson Foot Slayer.jpg
 ♦16Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠21Icon tooltip.pngElite Magical Beast Spider
Crimson Foot Soldier(view)
Crimson Foot Soldier.jpg
 ♦14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite Magical Beast Spider
Crimson Foot Worker(view)
Crimson Foot Worker.png
 ♦12Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠17Icon tooltip.pngElite Magical Beast Spider
Dust Mephit Warrior(view)
Dust Mephit Warrior.png
 ♦14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite Air Outsider Mephit
Kar-Thul Diviner(view)
Kar-Thul Diviner.png
 ♠23Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Ogre
Kar-Thul Enforcer(view)
Kar-Thul Enforcer.jpg
 ♦17Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠24Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Ogre
Kar-Thul Harrier(view)
Kar-Thul Harrier.jpg
 ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Ogre
Kar-Thul Martinet(view)
Kar-Thul Martinet.jpg
 ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Ogre
Kasi Nokhba(view)
Kasi Nokhba.jpg
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠28Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Ogre
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠28Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠28Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Pure Dust Mephit(view)
Pure Dust Mephit.jpg
 ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite Air Outsider Mephit
Pure Sand Mephit(view)
Pure Sand Mephit.jpg
 ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite Earth Outsider Mephit
Rakshasa Thaumaturge(view)
Rakshasa Thaumaturge.jpg
 ♦14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Sand Mephit Warrior(view)
Sand Mephit Warrior.png
CRs missing! Earth Outsider Mephit
 ♦19Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠29Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Twilight Bat(view)
Twilight Bat.png
 ♠17Icon tooltip.pngElite Animal Bat
Twilight Giant Rat(view)
Twilight Giant Rat.jpg
 ♦12Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠17Icon tooltip.pngElite Animal Rat
Yre Kubuts(view)
Yre Kubuts.jpg
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠28Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Ogre

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