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The Lords of Dust

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The Lords of Dust is the 1st quest in the Web of Chaos story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs are chains of quests that make up a story line.
Completing all the quests in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
The Lords of Dust • Servants of the Overlord • The Spinner of Shadows • Beyond the Rift

The Lords of Dust are demons and demon worshippers who seek to free the fiendish Overlords who ruled Eberron long ago during the Age of Demons.

The Lords of Dust
Heroic level: 16
Epic level: 21
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣2,940Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦5,100Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5,300Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5,500Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP:  ♣10,089Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦17,385Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥17,955Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠18,525Icon tooltip.pngElite
Takes place in: Cultist Base
Bestowed by: Dectaran
NPC contact: Inquisitor Lightbringer
Quest acquired in: The Harbor
Patron: The Silver Flame
Base favor: 7
Free to Play: Yes
Extreme Challenge: No
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Cultists who follow the Lords of Dust have been found in Stormreach. The Church of the Silver Flame suspects they are behind the mysterious crack in the Harbor wall, and is determined to stop them.

Enter the Cultist Base in the Harbor, and meet with Inquisitor Gnomon. He will determine how to deal with the demon worshippers.

This is the first quest of the story arc Menace of the Underdark: Web of Chaos.

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


  • Report to Inquisitor Gnomon
  • Slay the Lords of Dust cultists - 25 total
  • Learn the fate of Inquisitor Gnomon
  • Slay Marideth
  • Uncover Gnomon's plans
  • Slay the Sacrificed Cultists - 8 total
  • Slay the Rakshasa, Tahmael
  • Slay Rakshasa Lord Gnomon
  • Slay the Drow Karas
  • (Optional) Put down Bastion (rare spawn) — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣294 ♦510 ♥530 ♠550 ) Epic( ♣1,009 ♦1,739 ♥1,796 ♠1,853 )
  • (Optional) Break or purify the altars - 3 total — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣294 ♦510 ♥530 ♠550 ) Epic( ♣1,009 ♦1,739 ♥1,796 ♠1,853 )
  • (Optional) Slay more Lord of Dusts cultists - 10 more (35 total) — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣294 ♦510 ♥530 ♠550 ) Epic( ♣1,009 ♦1,739 ♥1,796 ♠1,853 )
  • (Optional) Slay the remaining Lord of Dusts cultists - 15 more (50 total) — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣441 ♦765 ♥795 ♠825 ) Epic( ♣1,513 ♦2,608 ♥2,693 ♠2,779 )

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Horizontal blades on the stairs past the first shrine; control box is on the west side at the top of the second set of stairs (past the trap)
  • Fire jet around the corner; control box is on the inside corner past the trap
  • Vertical blades between the next two sets of stairs; control box is on the inside corner at the bottom of the second set (past the trap)
  • Spikes around the corner from the second set of shrines; control boxes (each controls half the spikes) on either side of the hall past the trap.
  • Sonic trap beyond the next door triggers (and the control box can't be sensed) until after the rakshasa lord spawns. Box location varies, before trap.
  • Sonic trap in the next room, to the north; control box location varies.

Tips and Misc

  • The quest is very linear, despite the appearance of the map.
  • The quest is also quite easy in normal due to the lack of powerful trash enemies and the concentration of weak Cultist enemies. At higher levels, the bosses will pose much more of a threat.
  • If you stick close to Gnomon upon opening the first door, you can get some free mass buffs from Novice Corin Dryden (with him) who casts Prayer and Death Ward.
  • You may need to explore very short side doors to find the other two Altars, though the third altar is along your journey.
    • The first altar is in the northernmost room.
    • The second altar is in the westernmost room.
    • The third altar is right on the way, where Tahmael appears.
    • Someone with the Religious Lore feat may purify the altars instead of destroy them for an extra chest.
    • Hirelings will not be able to purify the altars, as they cannot navigate the menu you get when 'using' the Altar.
    • Shattering the altars will cause the nearby statues to also shatter, releasing Khyber Jariliths; purifying the altars does not release them.
  • You will need to break some shelves to access levers hidden behind them.
  • In the first room after the second shrine there are a couple of lion statues. When you approach the boundary between the two rooms, a rakshasa lord will appear and the statues will shatter, releasing Khyber Jariliths. Additionally, a sonic trap will start.
  • Bastion may appear in the hallway near the door leading to the second (western) altar.
  • Marideth will appear beyond the sealed door past where you meet up with the novice.
  • Tahmael will appear by the third altar.
  • Gnomon is one of the few enemies in the game that casts Divine Punishment on players, so watch your HPs. He also likes to spam Blade Barrier and Cometfall.
  • Your final boss, Karas, deals potent Sneak Attack and doublestrike damage, even if you're highly fortified.
  • If you finish out, you'll appear near Dectaran, the quest giver. Take the door at the end and you'll appear on the stairs near the Waterworks, close to Inquisitor Lightbringer, who rewards you. You'll also be standing next to the entrance to the next quest in this chain, Servants of the Overlord.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 80 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣294 ♦510 ♥530 ♠550 )
  • Tamper bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣294 ♦510 ♥530 ♠550 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 4 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣588 ♦1,020 ♥1,060 ♠1,100 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 5 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣882 ♦1,530 ♥1,590 ♠1,650 )
  • Mischief bonus: 45 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣235 ♦408 ♥424 ♠440 )
  • Vandal bonus: 58 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣294 ♦510 ♥530 ♠550 )
  • Ransack bonus: 72 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣441 ♦765 ♥795 ♠825 )
Notes: Tip: Ransack requires smashing every single breakable in the quest. There are 45 breakables in the first half of the quest. If you are trying to achieve Ransack, make sure you have smashed 45 upon reaching the first shrine.


  • Chests: 4-5
    • One rare for slaying Bastion
    • One for slaying Marideth
    • One for slaying the Rakshasa, Tahmael
    • One possible if you purify (not smash) all the altars (at Tahmael). Anyone with the feat Religious Lore may do this
    • One end chest at quest completion
      • This chest is replaced with an epic chest on epic difficulty. It contains Token of the Twelve fragments and a low chance at shards. Seals can be found in any other chest, except on Epic Hard difficulties which is bugged.
  • Collectables: 13
    • First section
      • Fungus in a corner of the room behind the first door after Gnomon splits off
      • Fungus in a corner past the next door
      • Bookshelf in the north room (before the first altar)
      • Adventurer's Pack on a table in the same room
      • Fungus in a corner past the next door
      • Two Adventurer's Packs in the room before the second altar
      • Moss in the corner of the room south of the novice
      • Mold past the fire jet trap on the stairs
    • Second section
      • Fungus in the north end of the room past the first door
      • Fungus before the third door
      • Moss just to the east of the second rest shrine
      • Fungus just before the end room
  • NPC rewards: Standard, Select from 7, up to ML:14. Rewards are given by Lightbringer, on the docks, rather than Dectaran

Named Chest Drop

The Lords of Dust loot


Name(picture) CR Type Race
 ♦19Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥22Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠26Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦26Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥36Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠56Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Bastion (monster)(view)
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥21Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠25Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦23Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥28Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠49Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Animal Dog
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥21Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠25Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥39Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠51Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥21Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠25Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥32Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Humanoid Human
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥21Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠25Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥32Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠51Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Attack Dog(view)
Attack Dog.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥30Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Animal Dog
 ♦13Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥?Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠18Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥19Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Humanoid Human
Death Knight(view)
Death Knight.jpg
 ♦19Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠24Icon tooltip.pngElite ♠62Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Human
Khyber Jarilith(view)
Khyber Jarilith.jpg
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠23Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥30Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Lord of Dust Zealot(view)
Lord of Dust Zealot.jpg
 ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Rakshasa Lord(view)
Rakshasa Lord.jpg
 ♦18Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥21Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠25Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥32Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Sacrificed Cultist(view)
Sacrificed Cultist.jpg
 ♦16Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠23Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥30Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠47Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton

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