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An ancient prison held creatures from many planes of existence. But do any of the prisoners survive?

Ruins of Gianthold adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Ruins of Gianthold
Return to Prison of the Planes
Heroic level: None
Epic level: 24
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP: The Prison of the Planes
Epic XP:  ♣10,020Solo/Casual ♦17,214Normal ♥17,727Hard ♠18,240Elite
Takes place in: The Prison of the Planes
Bestowed by: Maragogg ar'Mawn
NPC contact: Maragogg ar'Mawn
Quest acquired in: Gianthold
Patron: Agents of Argonnessen
Base favor: 6
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Map to mission entrance

Maragogg ar'Mawn claims that there is an actual Quori deep within the Prison of the Planes, who sees and knows all that goes on in Gianthold. Confront the Quori and learn the truth behind the dragon attacks.

  • This is one of three quests you must complete in order to qualify for The Fall of Truth Raid.

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


  • Speak with Maragogg ar'Mawn
  • Explore the area for anything of value
  • Access the Dal Quor chamber
  • Investigate the control panel
  • Fill the Dal Quor chamber receptors
  • Activate the portal to Dal Quor
  • Report back to Maragogg
  • (Optional) Pass the Daanvi prisoner's challenge: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,002 ♦1,721 ♥1,773 ♠1,824 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the prisoners from Dolurrh: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,002 ♦1,721 ♥1,773 ♠1,824 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the prisoners from Fernia: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,002 ♦1,721 ♥1,773 ♠1,824 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the prisoners from Lamannia: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,002 ♦1,721 ♥1,773 ♠1,824 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the prisoners from Mabar: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,002 ♦1,721 ♥1,773 ♠1,824 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the prisoners from Risia: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,002 ♦1,721 ♥1,773 ♠1,824 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the prisoners from Shavarath: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,002 ♦1,721 ♥1,773 ♠1,824 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the prisoners from Xoriat: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,002 ♦1,721 ♥1,773 ♠1,824 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed, undisarmable)
  • Overlapping floors
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Puzzle (mandatory: lever puzzle)
  • Requires extra player(s)/hireling(s) (mandatory: 1 person to stay outside each room and pull a lever while the rest of the party stays inside the room)
  • NOTE: As of July 11, 2016: if you instruct a hire to interact with a receptor that has a power orb in it, the hire may take the power orb. The hire will not set the power orb back in a receptor, and will not drop the orb(s) on death or re-entry. If this happens too many times (leaving fewer than 6 available orbs) the quest will be rendered incompleteable.

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Gates inside this quest can hurt you with lightning damage.

Tips and Misc

First - Talk to Maragogg to start the quest. Buff up and start clearing the hallways that ramp up to the top of the prison. You are heading for the top room. Enemies you will meet on the way include dwarves (Gold Clerics, Gold Fighters), humans (Zakya archers) and Rakshasas. Enemy casters use Symbol of Flame, boiling blood, inflict wounds, cold shield, Magic Missile. You can ignore these at this time and kill them later, but it makes the quest much easier if you clear as you go up.

On the way up, in the second room to the left (Irian) filled with Zakya guards, find the Warden's Note at the back of the room on the floor with the code for the Warden’s levers. It contains instructions needed later regarding the position of four levers in a combination of down and up. Once you have read the scroll, the text from it will appear in general chat, or type it into party chat for easy reference. The sequence is random each time so you will need to look at the scroll each time you run the quest. You will also pass a room with a campfire with four guys who do not attack at this time.

Second - At the top of the hallways is a room with a dwarf outside. Pick the door (Open Lock DC: 50) or send a diplomacy, bluff or intimidate person back down to the room with the camp. With a decent skill in one of those, you can get the key from the leader. If you fail the check, you will have to kill him and his mates and get the key that way. (Please help by contributing info on the required DC.)

In the top room on the back wall, there are four dials and a valve. As soon as the first player crosses the room towards the dials, the doors will close and the Undead Warden (a giant skeleton) will appear, so try and enter together. Kill the Warden. Web works well if you want him to stay still, because giant skeletons have terrible reflex saves.

The dials start in position with all four facing Down. Place the levers in the correct spots (according to the Warden's scroll that you read earlier - refer to your chat log) and turn the valve. The force shields guarding the central chamber will drop. The lever on the right hand wall will be used later on.

Third - Head down to the bottom of the middle and grab the loose orb at the base of the ramp. Move up the ramp and choose which rooms the party will tackle to collect the orbs.

You must fight the prisoners in the prison cells to gather orbs for the final room. Six orbs are required for the last room; each room will need one orb to open and give two orbs when finished, so at least five rooms must be completed. Two chests drop randomly in the prison cells and each chest has a chance at a unique random loot drop. It doesn't matter which rooms are done; it is a matter of collecting enough orbs and/or finding the two loot chests.

Put one orb into the Ancient Receptor at the door to the room. Leave one person outside at the lever while everyone else goes into the room. Buff as necessary according to the type of attack. Have the person outside pull the lever; they will be shut out while everyone else battles the bad guys. When the prisoners have been killed, check whether a chest has popped in the room, and collect the two orbs from the back of each room. Move on to the next cell.

Each prison cell is marked with a symbol indicating the prisoners and plane of imprisonment. The order of the rooms never changes and is as follows from the bottom upwards:

  • Symbol of the Order of Daanvi - This is no combat. A lawfully aligned player must answer Sir Raleigh's question correctly to successfully complete the chamber. Bypass if you do not have a lawfully aligned person, or if you want to get straight to the fight. If you do answer the question, be sure to answer them with your alignment in mind. No possible chest here.
  • Symbol of Dolurrh - Defeat the Marut and Undying Centurions. The undead could be wraiths, specters or myrmidon wights. Death ward, firewall and smiting and disruption weapons are optimal in here. Unique loot: Death's Locket.
  • Symbol of the Plane of Fernia - Fire. Defeat the fire mephits and named Efreeti (the center of room turns to lava). Chourush the Efreeti and fire elementals and mephits are imprisoned here. Crowd control and instant death spells work well. Unique loot: Charoush's Inferno.
  • Symbol of the Plane of Lamannia - Lightning. Djinn, air elementals, earth elementals, air mephits and bezekira are all possible here. Lightning resist and crowd control, Symbol of Fear and Otto's Sphere of Dancing are great. True Seeing helps melees; ranged damage and instant-kill spells are best for air elementals. Unique loot: Ring of the Djinn.
  • Symbol of the Plane of Mabar - Shadow. Defeat the vampire, shadows and greater umbral gargoyles. Deathward, firewall and disruptors are optimal. Vorpal works on vampires. Unique loot: Ring of Shadows.
  • Symbol of the Plane of Risia - Ice. Defeat Parnamuul (Ice Flenser, evil outsider) and ice mephits. Fire is subdued here, but firewall still works okay. Cloudkill, wounders, vorpals all are great too. Use crowd control like Symbol of Fear. Unique loot: Spiked Boots.
  • Symbol of the Plane of Shavarath - Defeat Princess Aurelia (marilith) and Jarilith. Stand against the wall to avoid tail whip. Vorpal and range using good+cold iron weapons are optimal here, especially a ranger with manyshot. Unique loot: Royal Scimitar.
  • Symbol of the Plane of Xoriat - Beholder and Mind Flayers. For mind flayers, instant death spells, Flesh to Stone, vorpal, anarchic or aberration bane weapons. Symbol of Fear or cloudkill if you can cast them. Unique loot: Kardin's Eye.

Finally - Once you have six orbs, return to the center chamber, drop to the bottom and insert them into the slots. Gather your party in the center chamber and send one player back to the top room to flip the final switch, the one in the right hand wall. That player will have 10 seconds to return to the center chamber before the room seals again.

Buff with fire, cold, deathward, shield or nightshield. These will protect against the brunt of the attack. Spell resistance is nice for mindflayers. Also, if you discuss it beforehand, so everyone knows you are casting it, Globe of Invulnerability will suppress a mindflayer's mind thrust.

Once the center room seals, a Quori wraith named Thanuq'un will appear, accompanied by a Quorforged minion. Speak to the wraith and he will attack. Anarchic and holy/pure good work well against him, as do disruption & undead/ghostbane. He will summon various creatures from the planes to attack you as you fight. Once Thanuq'un is defeated, the other creatures (other than the Quorforged minion) will disperse, the chest will appear and an ancient relic will appear on the ground.

The first person to touch the relic will advance the quest. If any other party member touches the relic, they will die with no save. Talk to each other to decide who will touch the relic.

The end chest will have 1d3 dragon relics. Unique loot: Dream Visor.

To complete the quest, one party member must run to the entrance and speak to Maragogg inside the Prison. To get your end reward, recall twice and speak to Maragogg in Gianthold.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 21 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Onslaught bonus: 29 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Conquest bonus: 33-34 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus. No experience numbers available.


  • Chests: 3
    • 2 optional in two of the cells (can spawn in multiple locations)
    • 1 at the end for killing Thanuq'un (Quori)
  • NPC rewards: Random item.

Named Chest Drop

Charoush's Inferno - Bastard Sword (Fernia)

Death's Locket - Necklace (Dolurrh)

Dream Visor - Goggles (Dal Quor)

Kardin's Eye - Trinket (Xoriat)

Ring of the Djinn - Ring (Lamannia)

Ring of Shadows - Ring (Mabar)

Royal Scimitar - Scimitar (Shavarath)

Spiked Boots - Boots (Risia)


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Ancient Air Elemental(view)
Ancient Air Elemental.png
 ♥16Hard ♠19Elite Elemental Air Elemental
Ancient Fire Elemental(view)
Ancient Fire Elemental.png
 ♠19Elite Elemental Fire Elemental
Bezekira Generic.jpg
CRs missing! Evil Outsider Devil
Black Wolf(view)
Black Wolf.jpg
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite Animal Wolf
Carum Imer(view)
Carum Imer.jpg
 ♠21Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠62Epic Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Charoush the Vizier(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Evil Outsider Efreet
Death's Assurance(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠21Elite ♦28Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard ♠65Epic Elite Construct Inevitable
No pic.jpg
 ♦28Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Undead Vampire
Dread Wraith(view)
Dread Wraith.jpg
 ♠18Elite ♦25Epic Normal Undead Wraith
Elder Earth Elemental(view)
Elder Earth Elemental.jpeg
 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite Elemental Earth Elemental
Greater Umbral Gargoyle(view)
Greater Umbral Gargoyle.jpg
CRs missing! Undead Shadow
Ice Mephit Warrior(view)
Ice Mephit Warrior.png
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Air Outsider Mephit
Monster Jarilith official.gif
 ♦13Normal ♠18Elite Evil Outsider Demon
No pic.jpg
 ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Aberration Beholder
Mind Flayer(view)
Mind Flayer.jpg
 ♠17Elite ♥29Epic Hard Aberration Mind Flayer
 ♠21Elite ♦28Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠65Epic Elite Evil Outsider Demon
Princess Aurelia(view)
Princess Aurelia.jpg
 ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Quorforged Minion(view)
Quorforged Minion.jpg
 ♦28Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠65Epic Elite Living Construct Warforged
No pic.jpg
 ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠62Epic Elite Air Outsider Djinn
 ♦27Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠48Epic Elite Evil Outsider Quori
Undying Warden(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠21Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠62Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Zakya Rakshasa Lord(view)
Zakya Rakshasa Lord.jpg
 ♠21Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Zakya Rakshasa(view)
Zakya Rakshasa.jpg
 ♠20Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa

DC for key

Skill Quest Difficulty Skill Total Suspected DC range
"How about you give me the key, I'll open the room, and then when I find the relic we can turn it in together." (Bluff roll) Normal 14:Fail; 75:Success 15-75
Hard 15-?
Elite 15-?
"Why waste your time hunting a relic you probably don't even care about. You stay here and stand your post, I'll go and do all the dirty work." (Diplomacy roll) Normal 55:Success ?-43
Hard 43:Success 26-43
Elite 26-?
"If you don't give me that key you'll never make it out of this place alive." (Intimidate roll) Normal
Hard 39:Fail 40-?