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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 chains or quests that make up a story line.
Completing everything in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
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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:  ♣2,940Solo/Casual ♦5,100Normal ♥5,300Hard ♠5,500Elite
Epic XP:  ♣10,089Solo/Casual ♦17,385Normal ♥17,955Hard ♠18,525Elite
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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Overview

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!

Objectives

  • 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.

Loot

  • 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

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Cruel Nobility
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Scimitar
  • +4 Enhancement BonusIcon tooltip.png+4 Enhancement Bonus: +4 enhancement bonus to attack and damage rolls.
  • Axiomatic Icon tooltip.pngAxiomatic : On Hit: 00 to 0 Law damage. Law-aligned creatures are immune to this effect.
    Penalty: If equipped by a Chaotic user, they receive 1 Negative Level for as long as this item is equipped.
  • Unholy Icon tooltip.pngUnholy : On Hit: 00 to 0 Evil damage. Evil-aligned creatures are immune to this effect.
    Penalty: If equipped by a Good user, they receive 1 Negative Level for as long as this item is equipped.
  • SlicingIcon tooltip.pngSlicing: This weapon is incredibly sharp and will do an additional 1 to 4 damage to targets that are vulnerable to bleeding.
  • BleedIcon tooltip.pngBleed: This weapon is cruelly sharp and will do an additional 1 to 8 damage to targets that are vulnerable to bleeding.
16 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Lords of Dust, Tahmael's chest
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Envenomed Blade
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Short Sword
  • +4 Enhancement BonusIcon tooltip.png+4 Enhancement Bonus: +4 enhancement bonus to attack and damage rolls.
  • Poison BurstIcon tooltip.pngPoison Burst: This weapon is dripping with poison, and deals 1 to 6 poison damage each hit. Critical hits deal an additional 1 to 10 poison damage for weapons with a x2 critical multiplier, 2 to 20 for a x3 multiplier and 3 to 30 for a x4 multiplier.
  • ParalyzingIcon tooltip.pngParalyzing: Any creature struck by this weapon must succeed on a DC 17 Will save or be paralyzed. The target may attempt a new save to end the effect every several seconds; otherwise the paralysis lasts for 1 minute. Certain creatures, such as the Undead and Constructs, cannot be paralyzed.
  • Armor-Piercing - 10%Icon tooltip.png Armor-Piercing - 10%: Passive: +10% Enhancement bonus to Fortification Bypass. (Fortification Bypass makes your attacks ignore a percentage of enemy Fortification.)
  • Deadly Spider VenomIcon tooltip.pngDeadly Spider Venom: This item is steeped in deadly spider venom. On an attack roll of 20 which is confirmed as a critical hit it will inflict the target with a poison that deals 10d6 poison damage every 2 seconds for 6 seconds. When the poison wears off, it also deals 3d6 Constitution damage to the target. A successful Fortitude save (DC 34) negates the Constitution damage.
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Rakshasa Hide
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Hide 16 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Lords of Dust, Tahmael's chest
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Templar's Bulwark
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Tower shield 16 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Lords of Dust, Extra chest for purifying all altars
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Golden Guile
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Necklace 17 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Lords of Dust, Marideth's chest
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Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Attack Dog(view)
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 ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Animal Dog
Bastion (monster)(view)
Bastion.jpg
 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♠25Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard ♠49Epic Elite Animal Dog
Cultist(view)
Cultist.jpg
 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite ♥19Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Death Knight(view)
Death Knight.jpg
 ♦19Normal ♥20Hard ♠24Elite ♠62Epic Elite Undead Human
Gnomon(view)
Gnomon.jpg
 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♠25Elite ♥32Epic Hard ♠51Epic Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Karas(view)
Karas.png
 ♦19Normal ♥22Hard ♠26Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠56Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Khyber Jarilith(view)
Khyber Jarilith.jpg
 ♦18Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♥30Epic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Lord of Dust Zealot(view)
Lord of Dust Zealot.jpg
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Marideth(view)
Marideth.jpg
 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♠25Elite ♥32Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Rakshasa Lord(view)
Rakshasa Lord.jpg
 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♠25Elite ♥32Epic Hard Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Sacrificed Cultist(view)
Sacrificed Cultist.jpg
 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♥30Epic Hard ♠47Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Tahmael(view)
Tahmael.jpg
 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♠25Elite ♥32Epic Hard ♠51Epic Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa