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The Old Archives

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

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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:  ♣7,313Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦12,572Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥12,956Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠13,340Icon 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 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 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 (40 total) — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 ) Epic( ♣731 ♦1,257 ♥1,296 ♠1,334 )
  • (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 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. Control box is to the right before the steps. One-shot with a delayed activation.
  • Blade trap protecting the third fragment of the book. Control box 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 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 all -5, so the mission can be completed even if you haven't leveled those skills.
  • The first Fragment & crest are behind a secret door in the east shortly before you start ascending.
  • The second Fragment & 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 & 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.

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 45.3.3
  • 5 months and 13 days
Mask of the Asylum
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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 46.1
  • 4 months and 5 days
Templar's Mail
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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
  • Update 45.3.3
  • 5 months and 13 days
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 (by the third Fragment)
  • Update 45.2
  • 6 months and 25 days
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
  • Update 45.3.3
  • 5 months and 4 days
Epic Guidance
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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
  • Update 45
  • 7 months and 7 days
Epic Mask of the Asylum
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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

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Monsters

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

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