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The Old Archives

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The Old Archives is the 4th quest in The Catacombs story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs  are chains of quests that make up a story line.
Completing everything in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
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The Friar's Niece • To Find a Witness: Archbishop Dryden • Return to the Sanctuary • The Old Archives • The Crypt of Gerard Dryden • Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral • Setting the Wards: The Patriarchs' Crypt • Endgame: Marguerite • Endgame: The Archbishop's Fate


Descend into the Archives and search for a tome that tells of the mysterious Duality.

The Catacombs adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: The Catacombs
The Old Archives
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: 23
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣456Solo/Casual ♦820Normal ♥880Hard ♠940Elite
Epic XP:  ♣7,313Solo/Casual ♦12,572Normal ♥12,956Hard ♠13,340Elite
Takes place in: Library Archives
Bestowed by: Archbishop Dryden
NPC contact: Archbishop Dryden
Quest acquired in: Catacombs
Patron: The Silver Flame
Base favor: 3
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
The Old Archives.jpg
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Overview

Enter the library archives and search for a book about "The Duality."


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

Objectives

  • Seek aid from Head Librarian Guillaume
  • Acquire the fragments of the Book of the Duality from their secret chambers (3 total)
  • (Optional) Clear out the infestation in the library (40 total) — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣91 ♦164 ♥176 ♠188 ) Epic( ♣1,463 ♦2,514 ♥2,591 ♠2,668 )
  • (Optional) Have each party member report to Graylight (minor bug, see Tips) — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣23 ♦41 ♥44 ♠47 ) Epic( ♣366 ♦629 ♥648 ♠667 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Known Traps

Search & Spot DCs for Traps and Secret Doors
Disable Device DCs

  • Skill DCs and pictures of all traps and control panel locations, and secret doors can be found in the above links by hovering over the description text.
  • Trap protecting the first fragment of the book. (Bug: This trap is bugged and never goes off), but still has a Control panel to the right just before the steps.
  • Cold trap protecting the chest behind the secret door. Control panel is to the right before the steps. One-shot with a delayed activation.
  • Blade trap protecting the third fragment of the book. Control panel is to the right by the crest slot. Note that the chest is safe to open.

Tips and Misc

  • The acid trap protecting the chest sprays about a second after opening it, giving one plenty of time to open it and then jump back to safety.
  • The fragments are in rooms behind secret doors. The spot and search DCs are all -5, so the mission can be completed even if you haven't leveled those skills.
  • The first Fragment and crest are behind a secret door in the east shortly before you start ascending.
  • The second Fragment and crest are behind a secret door in the southwest corner on the upper floor.
  • The third Fragment is behind a secret door in the northwest corner on the upper floor. It is protected by a blade trap.
  • Shadows now dwell in the archives and so a Ghost touch weapon is advised.
  • Two crests (Sword and hammer) are needed to unlock the final fragment and access the final chest - these are found alongside the book fragments.
  • The quest ends when you pick up all three fragments.
  • (Optional) After the third piece is picked up, Bishop Thaddeus Graylight appears again, near the final fragment. Speak with him to earn +5% xp.
  • Minor bug: Only one person needs to speak to Graylight to earn the +5% xp for all in the party.
  • With the arrival of Bishop Graylight, passage opens behind him which can be used for a fast exit.
  • If you leave the quest without talking to Thaddeus Graylight you have to visit Archbishop Dryden to progress the story.

Bonus XP

  • Insidious Cunning bonus: 0 or fewer monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 )
  • Devious bonus: 5 or fewer monsters killed +7% Bonus.( ♣32 ♦57 ♥62 ♠66 )
  • Discreet bonus: 11 or fewer monsters killed +5% Bonus.( ♣23 ♦41 ♥44 ♠47 )
  • Aggression bonus: 28 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 37 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣68 ♦123 ♥132 ♠141 )
  • Conquest bonus: 48 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦205 ♥220 ♠235 )
  • Tamper bonus: 1 or more trap disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 )
  • Perception bonus: 2 or more secret doors discovered +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 )
  • Mischief bonus: 26 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣36 ♦66 ♥70 ♠75 )
  • Vandal bonus: 34 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 )
  • Ransack bonus: 44 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣68 ♦123 ♥132 ♠141 )

Loot

  • Chests: 2
    • 1 trapped behind a secret door in the southern part of the upper floor, west of the shrine; trap is a one-shot on a delay.
    • 1 End Chest near the Third Fragment (May contain named loot).
  • Collectables: Three
    • Bookshelf just south of the first fragment
    • Bookshelf just east of the second fragment
    • Bookshelf just south of the third fragment
  • NPC rewards: None

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
  • Update 46.1
  • 2 years, 4 months, and 10 days
  • Cru121
Templar's Mail
Templar's Mail.png
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Banded Mail  2 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Old Archives, Chest at the third fragment
Guidance
Guidance.png
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Light Crossbow  2 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Old Archives, End chest (by the third Fragment)
  • Update 45.3.3
  • 2 years, 5 months, and 18 days
  • C-Hound
Mask of the Asylum
Mask of the Asylum.png
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Helm  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Old Archives, End chest (by the third Fragment)
  • Update 48.2
  • 1 year, 9 months, and 13 days
  • BugTime
Epic Mask of the Asylum
Epic Mask of the Asylum.png
(edit)
Helm  23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Old Archives, End Chest
Epic Guidance
Epic Guidance.png
(edit)
Light Crossbow  23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Old Archives, End Chest
Epic Templar's Mail
Epic Templar's Mail.png
(edit)
Heavy Armor  23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Old Archives, End Chest
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Monsters

Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Corrupt Giant Spider( view
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦25Epic Normal Vermin Spider
Corrupted Spiderling( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite ♦24Epic Normal Vermin Spider
Greater Arcane Skeleton( view
GreaterArcaneSkeleton.jpg
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Rotting Dwarf Zombie( view
RottingDwarfZombie.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite ♦7Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Rotting Elf Zombie( view
RottingElfZombie.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite ♦7Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Rotting Halfling Zombie( view
RottingHalflingZombie.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite ♦7Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Rotting Zombie( view
Rotting Zombie.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite ♦7Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Shadow (Mabar)( view
Shadow (mabar).jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Undead Shadow
Skeleton Archer( view
Skeleton Archer.jpeg
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 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard ♠5Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29 - 31Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Knight( view
Skeleton Knight.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠8Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Undead Rat( view
Undead Rat.png
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite ♦7Epic Normal Animal Rat

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