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The Lord of Blades

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The way leads into the bedrock below the Manufactury. Runes abound in the tunnels here, and they seem older than the Cannith structures above.

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The Lord of Blades
Heroic level: 20
Epic level: None
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♦6,383Normal ♥6,600Hard ♠6,816Elite
Epic XP: Legendary Lord of Blades
Takes place in: Eldritch Site Prime
Bestowed by: Ceros d'Cannith
NPC contact: Ceros d'Cannith
Quest acquired in: House Cannith
Patron: House Cannith
Base favor: 7
Purchase: Secrets of the Artificers or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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You have learned that the reason the Lord of Blades attacked the Cannith Manufactury was to gain access to an ancient Creation Forge located beneath the complex. Ceros d'Cannith wants you to venture down into the Research Facility deep inside the Cannith Manufactury and stop the Lord of Blades before he learns the secrets of the Creation Forge.

  • Note: Although this raid is shown on the map of The Cannith Manufactury wilderness, the raid can also be entered via the quest giver, located in a raised alcove at the extreme north end of the House Cannith enclave. This allows a raid party to skip a lengthy run through two wilderness areas.


No flagging is required for this raid.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Defeat the Lord of Blades
    • Disable the pillars' Power Links to seal the portal
  • (Optional) Talk down the Warforged converts — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣−0 ♦638 ♥660 ♠682 )
  • (Optional) Grudge Maker: Mark the Lord of Blades twice — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣−0 ♦638 ♥660 ♠682 )
  • (Optional) Domination: Mark the Lord of Blades thrice — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣−0 ♦638 ♥660 ♠682 )

Tips and Misc

  • There are 2 lockouts in the raid. 1st one is an arch/door close to the entrance and is activated when talking to an NPC. The 2nd one is activated, right after shrine, when someone starts the end-fight.
  • This is a raid where pets are not welcome. They can, and will, run ahead and trigger the barrier to drop, causing lockout. You cannot get back in if your scout happened to have been inside at the time. It's unclear if the pet's death/entrance alone will cause a permanent barrier, but it's possible.
  • When the pillars' Power Links are fully active, the power of the forge will be active in the center. It will give the power of the forge buff (Grants DR15/-, various other power ups and allows players to float on the water to attack the powerlink in melee.) It gives the Lord of Blades a far more powerful buff, so is recommended you get the buff before he does, or destroy them.
  • Hound of Blades can inflict an AOE debuff to players which causes overcharged effect (10d10 lightning damage to a player)
  • Hound of Blades can also trigger a massive AOE that buffs all friendly targets (including the Lord himself) with a short duration −25% damage shield buff, they can both do this and they stack for up to −50% damage from all incoming sources. Destroy them or keep them away from the Lord to prevent this.
  • If they are killed, he will revive his hounds at 75%, 40%, and 5% health.
  • See the raid boss entry: Lord of Blades for further information on his various specials, buffs and debuffs.
    • From 100% to 75% he can perform a Mighty Blow Stun and Slam special attacks, inflict Binding Chains, and cause wounds that lower your maximum HP
    • At 75% to 40% he will perform super leaps that result in a single powerful attack or a power charge, and uses devastating whirlwind attacks.
    • At 40% he can perform his Rain of Blades attack, when he crouches down and fires blades from his back, the safest spot is in the exact center, otherwise it inflicts massive DOT.
    • At 5% he will summon reinforcements in waves. Note that he cannot be killed, although you can continue to fight him for an optional. To finish the raid, destroy the remaining power links.
  • To mark the Lord of Blades (and thus complete the Grudge Maker and Domination optionals) you need to reduce him to zero health without having disabled the pillars. He will then respawn at full health. Each time you do this counts as marking him once.
  • The (Optional) Talk down the Warforged converts actually lists the DC's required to talk them down unlike most NPC dialog. They list DC65 Intimidate/Bluff for non-warforged characters. DC45 if you're warforged.
    • Note: Unlike most dialog options, all of these offer a 1d20 roll + your relevant skill vs the DC (shown in the combat log). The DCs above refer to the modified result. For example: A Warforged with an Intimidate of 40 could roll of a 5 + 40 = 45 and succeed. Be warned you only get 1 attempt at this, and failure will cause them to attack you.
    • Followers of the Lord of Blades (For example: Warforged Paladins, Clerics and Favored Souls with faith enhancement) can automatically succeed at this optional by choosing the (Blades Faith Tenant) option.
  • Once the (Optional) Talk down the Warforged converts is complete, they will tell you about a nearby Secret door. Unlike most secret doors, you cannot detect this one with True Seeing or any other means other than the Search skill. Search DC is fairly low; 30 on Normal, increasing for the higher difficulty settings. Generally anyone with a decent INT and the common Epic Treasure Hunter's Spyglass (level 20) can reach this search even with 0 ranks on normal given standard raid buffs. Behind the door you'll find a chest with standard random loot.
  • The quest map shows four rooms which are no longer accessible in the raid. These were associated with an optional where players could fight and bind four red-named elementals, one in each room, for a 10% XP bonus and an extra chest with now-deprecated crafting ingredients. The portal to these rooms no longer spawns.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 60 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣−0 ♦638 ♥660 ♠682 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 69 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣−0 ♦957 ♥990 ♠1,022 )
  • Conquest bonus: 79 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣−0 ♦1,596 ♥1,650 ♠1,704 )


  • Chests: Up to three:
    • One on the way to the Creation Forge for completing (Optional) Talk down the Warforged converts, hidden behind a secret door (Random loot only)
    • Up to two chests at the end:
      • One for raid completion (Contains 15–40 Khyber Binding fragments and a chance at various Cannith power cells)
      • One for completing (Optional) Domination: Mark the Lord of Blades thrice. May contain named loot

NPC end rewards

Standard. Select from 8 random items. Max ML18. Special rewards on every 10th completion: Your choice of standard spirit, cell or compound. Also a small chance at a random refined spirit.


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Ancient Nightmare( view
Ancient Nightmare.jpg
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 ♦23Normal ♥28Hard Aberration Dream Reaver
Bladeforged Artificer( view
Bladeforged Artificer.png
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 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard Living Construct Warforged
Bladeforged Assassin( view
Bladeforged assassin.png
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 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard Living Construct Warforged
Bladeforged Paladin (Monster)( view
Bladeforged Paladin.png
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 ♦21Normal ♥25Hard Living Construct Warforged
Cannith Guard (warforged)( view
Cannith Guard (warforged).png
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 ♦19Normal ♠29Elite Living Construct Warforged
Cutlass( view
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 ♦19Normal Living Construct Warforged
Gate Keeper( view
Gate Keeper.jpg
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Evil Outsider Quori
Hound of Blades( view
Hound of Blades.png
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 ♦23Normal ♥29Hard Construct Iron Defender
Lord of Blades( view
Lord of Blades.jpg
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 ♦22Normal ♥36Hard ♠42Elite Living Construct Warforged
Nightmare Vanguard( view
Nightmare Vanguard.png
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 ♦20Normal ♥25Hard Evil Outsider Quori
Power Link Base( view
Power Link Base.jpg
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Construct Inanimate Object
Power Link Top( view
Power Link Top.jpg
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Construct Inanimate Object
Quorforged Juggernaut( view
Quorforged Juggernaut.jpg
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 ♦24Normal ♥27Hard Living Construct Golem