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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 packIcon tooltip.png: The Catacombs
The Old Archives
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: 23
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣456Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦820Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥880Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠940Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP:  ♣3,351Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦5,757Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5,928Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠6,099Icon tooltip.pngElite
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
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Overview

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

The Old Archives is the 3rd quest in The Catacombs 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.
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The Friar's Niece • To Find a Witness: 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

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 (30 total) — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 ) Epic( ♣335 ♦576 ♥593 ♠610 )
  • (Optional) Have each party member report to Graylight — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣23 ♦41 ♥44 ♠47 ) Epic( ♣168 ♦288 ♥296 ♠305 )

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 box 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. This trap is bugged and never goes off but still has a Control box to the right just before the steps.
  • Poison-bomb trap protecting the chest behind the secret door. No way to spot or disable it; one-shot with a delayed activation.
  • Blade trap protecting the third fragment of the book. Control box is to the right by the secret door.

Tips and Misc

  • The acid trap protecting the chest fires 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 both -5, so the mission can be completed even if you haven't leveled those skills.
  • Fragment 2 is behind a secret door in the southwest corner on the upper floor.
  • Fragment 3 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 & hammer) are needed to unlock final fragment and access the final chest - these are found alongside the book fragments.
  • Corrupted Giant Spiders and Spiderlings have replaced the Brown Spiders and Black widows.

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: 45 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: 41 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
    • 1 End Chest (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

Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
Guidance
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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
Epic Mask of the Asylum
EpicMaskOfTheAsylum.jpg
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 Templar's Mail
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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) CR Type Race
Black Widow(view)
Black Widow.png
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Brown Rat(view)
Brown Rat.jpg
 ♦0.25/0.5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠3Icon tooltip.pngElite Animal Rat
Brown Spider(view)
Brown Spider.jpg
 ♦1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠6Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Cave Bat(view)
Cave Bat.jpg
 ♦0.25/1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥0.50/3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠2/5Icon tooltip.pngElite Animal Bat
Ghast(view)
Ghast.jpeg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Undead Ghast
Ghoul(view)
Ghoul.jpg
 ♦0.5/6Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥2Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠4Icon tooltip.pngElite QL3: ♦1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Ghoul
Greater Arcane Skeleton(view)
GreaterArcaneSkeleton.jpg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠8Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Rotting Dwarf Zombie(view)
RottingDwarfZombie.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Zombie
Rotting Elf Zombie(view)
RottingElfZombie.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Zombie
Rotting Halfling Zombie(view)
RottingHalflingZombie.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Zombie
Rotting Zombie(view)
Rotting Zombie.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Zombie
Skeleton Archer(view)
Skeleton Archer.jpeg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥29 - 31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Skirmisher(view)
Skeleton Skirmisher.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥2Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠3Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Veteran(view)
Skeleton Veteran.jpg
 ♦1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥2Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠3Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Warrior(view)
Skeleton Warrior.jpg
 ♦0.5/2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1/4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠3/7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Small Brown Spider(view)
Small Brown Spider.jpg
QL3: ♦0.25Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥0.5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠2Icon tooltip.pngElite; QL?: ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠1Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider

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