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The Portal Opens

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The Portal Opens is the 4th quest in the Menace of the Underdark: City of Portals 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.
The first three quests can be completed in any order to unlock The Portal Opens.
The House of Broken Chains • The House of Rusted Blades • The House of Death Undone • The Portal Opens

Menace of the Underdark adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Menace of the Underdark
The Portal Opens
Heroic level: None
Epic level: 22
Duration: long
Heroic XP: N/A
Epic XP:  ♣10,328Solo/Casual ♦17,778Normal ♥18,342Hard ♠18,906Elite
Takes place in: Sschindylryn Ziggurat*
Bestowed by: Jenneth Gosmere
NPC contact: Jenneth Gosmere
Quest acquired in: Eveningstar
Patron: Purple Dragon Knights
Base favor: 8
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Enter the Sschindylryn Ziggurat and meet Elminster at the portal that leads to the Temple. There, find and defeat the High Priestess. Sschindylryn can be accessed through Eveningstar Cavern.

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


  • Gain entrance to the Temple of Lolth
  • Find the spider brooch component.
  • Find the ceremonial dagger component.
  • Defeat the High Priestess
  • (Optional) Kill Utheo Myar, the slavemaster — Bonus (15%): Epic( ♣1,549 ♦2,667 ♥2,751 ♠2,836 )
  • (Optional) Slay the giant spider Shev'aal — Bonus (15%): Epic( ♣1,549 ♦2,667 ♥2,751 ♠2,836 )

Known Traps


Tips and Misc

  • This quest is very linear, and consists primarily of a left and right path, each leading to a portal a larger room with the objective, and each with an optional side objective to accomplish for each path.
  • Corridors are guarded by Acolytes and Wizards as well as driders, Drow assassins and fighters. Dungeon scaling operates heavily in this quest, so expect larger groups of mobs to spawn with larger parties.
    • After each side, Dimension Door is the fast way back to the center room.
  • South of the western shrine is a locked door; behind that is only a few spiders, useful for Conquest bonus.
  • The large central room is where you'll eventually leave (via a yet-to-be activated portal) to meet the High Priestess boss. Once you clear the Drow enemies in this room (there will remain some spiders on the upper level), Ana and Elminster will arrive.
  • The objective changes quietly and doesn't require you to speak to Elminster: Retrieve a ceremonial spider brooch and dagger from rooms located by using the corridors on the left and right of the central room.
    • You may retrieve the items in any order.
    • On entering a corridor, there will be some resistance to clear before you find a portal that leads you to each objective area.
    • Each objective area has a corridor with two paths: one to the real objective, and the other leads you to an optional where you eliminate slavers or destroy spiders in a disused lair.
    • A party member with Open Lock or Knock will be needed for some doors on these optional paths, see:
  • Near each objective entrance is a shrine, so spell casters and healers can take some luxury in power-casting for offence and defence in each area, then using the Shrine as you leave the objective area.
  • Each objective room has an orange-named boss.
    • The dagger is guarded by a Blademaster
    • The spider brooch by a Wizard.
    • Each boss has a moderate guard of Driders, archers, mages and fighters that defend each room.
      • On opening the door, the boss's will immediately head towards your location to attack you. It's practical for small parties not to enter the room but to divide and conquer: Let the boss approach alone, destroy him, then lure the others out.
  • The items in each room are guarded by a force field that drops once all resistance is eliminated. Once the boss is down, the remaining forces of each room aren't especially deadly except on Epic Elite.
  • After both the brooch and the dagger are retrieved, return to the central room and approach Elminster, who will automatically recognize that you have the components. The central portal activates and a guardian Drider will appear. After he gives a "None shall pass!" speech, most players will recognize him for the inept Pythonesque "Black Knight" that he is and quickly finish him off for a chest.
  • End-fight time: Use the shrine on the upper level if required, buff your party and enter the central portal. Ana will enter the portal immediately after that guardian is down but there is no rush to join her, nor is it necessary to attempt to apply any buffs to her.
    • You'll enter a large circular room with a central altar and a large portal ahead that players cannot enter. Players can return through the last portal they entered and to the shrine of the central room.
    • Ahead on a platform stands the High Priestess near the larger portal and realizes that Ana is the Thread of the Weave incarnate, charms her and compels her to enter the restricted portal into the Demonweb. The priestess then orders several Drow of various types to attack.
    • Once all the Drow are neutralized, you fight the High Priestess for a time. When her health is down sufficiently, she'll animate many statues of driders and spiders to attack your party. The priestess cannot be attacked or damaged until all guardians are destroyed. Sometimes one or two of these don't sense the party, so if the priestess doesn't speak again to resume the fight, look for stragglers.
    • After you beat the priestess down again she will call for her last wave of defence: four Dracolith demons and a handful of dretches.
    • On dispatching these, you can finish attacking the priestess to within an inch of her life. Put your Voice of the Master ahead of this phase. A large bull-like demon appears and kills the priestess and warns you not to attempt to enter the Demonweb. But you might actually kill the priestess yourself and the killling blow triggers the completion.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 74/121 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Onslaught bonus: 98 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Conquest bonus: <123 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Mischief bonus: 16 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Vandal bonus: 21 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
  • Ransack bonus: 26 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus. No experience numbers available.
Notes: The kill count changes once you start the final battle.


  • Chests: 6
  • Collectables: 4
    • Adventurer's Pack in the hall east of the main room, just before the room with the portal
    • Adventurer's Pack at the end of the spider quarters
    • Adventurer's Pack in one of the cells in the southern slave quarters
    • Adventurer's Pack in the hall west of the main room, just before the room with the Dagger
  • NPC rewards: Standard, including a chance of +3 Tomes

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
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Blade of the High Priestess
Blade of the High Priestess.png
Dagger  21 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip or Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire The Portal Opens, End chest ; Menace of the Underdark: City of Portals, Quest chain end reward
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Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Acolyte of Lolth( view
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 ♦23Epic Normal ♥27Epic Hard ♠26Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Acolyte( view
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♥26Epic Hard ♠42Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Chaszoj'ryn( view
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard ♠43Epic Elite Aberration Drider
Collared Slave( view
Collared Slave.jpg
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 ♥23Epic Hard Elf Drow Elf
Deathjump Spider( view
Deathjump Spider.jpg
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 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♦21Epic Normal ♥26Epic Hard ♠25Epic Elite Vermin Spider
Draegloth( view
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 ♥27Epic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Dretch( view
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 ♦19Epic Normal ♥23Epic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Drider( view
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 ♦23Epic Normal ♥27Epic Hard ♠26Epic Elite Aberration Drider
Goristro( view
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 ♥29Epic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Guard( view
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♥27Epic Hard ♠26Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Guardian Statue (Deathjump Spider)( view
Guardian Statue (Deathjump Spider).png
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 ♥25Epic Hard ♠40Epic Elite Vermin Spider
Guardian Statue (Drider)( view
Guardian Statue (Drider).png
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 ♥27Epic Hard ♠43Epic Elite Aberration Drider
Guardian Statue (Harrower)( view
Guardian Statue (Harrower).png
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 ♦21Epic Normal ♠39Epic Elite Vermin Spider
Harrower( view
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♠39Epic Elite Vermin Spider
Hekta Szind( view
Hekta Szind.jpg
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 ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠47Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Master Wizard( view
Master Wizard.jpg
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 ♥27Epic Hard Elf Drow Elf
Namajj Hru'un( view
Namajj Hru'un.jpg
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠44Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Priestess of Lolth( view
Priestess of Lolth.jpg
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 ♥28Epic Hard Elf Drow Elf
Ravenous Dretch( view
Ravenous Dretch.jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠38Epic Elite Evil Outsider Demon
Shev'aal( view
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard ♠44Epic Elite Vermin Spider
Sorntran Arkenep( view
Sorntran Arkenep.jpg
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠44Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Swarmhorde Spider( view
Swarmhorde Spider.jpg
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 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♦14Epic Normal ♥16Epic Hard ♠25Epic Elite Vermin Spider
Underdark Assassin( view
Underdark Assassin.jpg
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♠42Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Utheo Myar( view
Utheo Myar.jpg
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 ♦24Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard Elf Drow Elf