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The Stones Run Red

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The Stones Run Red is the 1st quest in The Fire Caves 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 Stones Run Red • Brood of Flame

Khyber, the Dragon Below, is more than a myth to the monstrous races of Eberron. Dark cults worship the wyrm, erecting massive sacrificial altars in its name.

Three-Barrel Cove adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Three-Barrel Cove
The Stones Run Red
Heroic level: 5
Epic level: None
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣2,140Solo/Casual ♦3,833Normal ♥4,100Hard ♠4,366Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: The Fire Caves
Bestowed by: Idas
NPC contact: Idas
Quest acquired in: Three-Barrel Cove
Patron: The Free Agents
Base favor: 4
Purchase: Three-Barrel Cove or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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Go to the fire mountain north of Three Barrel Cove. From the cliffside road, the path winds through orc territory, but perhaps there is also a safer path around the orcs. From the top of the fire mountain, descend into the Fire Caves. Then defeat the Ogre High Shaman, Mak-Murug and destroy all the altars to the Dragon Below that he has erected.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Slay High Shaman Mak-Murug.
  • Destroy the altars of the Dragon Below (3 total)

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Tips and Misc

  • This quest is full of lava; make sure to bring the best fire resistance you can get.
  • Destroying the altars counts towards your killables bonus, not your breakables; several fire mephits spawn when you attack them, but killing them doesn't count towards any bonus.
  • You can actually target the first altar by the southern lever, return to the bridge across the lava, and range it from there, so you don't have to worry about the spawning fire mephits. You can then target and range the mephits from the middle of the bridge (near the pillar), if you wish to get the collectable beyond.
  • Despite the giant padlock on the door leading to the first set of shrines, it's unlocked; the door to the second set of shrines, however, is locked. (Lock DCs)
  • There are two doors near the second shrine: the "high road" across from the shrine, which leads to Mac-Murug, and the "low road" to the south, leading to the final altar. It's possible to range the altar from where Mac-Murug was standing and skip the low road entirely (unless you really, really want that Adventurer's Pack down there...).
  • There is nothing in the southern lobe other than the mushroom at the top of the ledges (and it's a long hop-climb up) and the exit rope.
  • The Ogre Shaman can cast Blind, so bring some blindness removal potions.

Bonus XP

  • Discreet bonus: 4 or fewer monsters killed +5% Bonus.( ♣107 ♦192 ♥205 ♠218 )
  • Aggression bonus: 15 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣214 ♦383 ♥410 ♠437 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 20 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣321 ♦575 ♥615 ♠655 )
  • Conquest bonus: 24 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣535 ♦958 ♥1,025 ♠1,092 )


  • Chests: 3
    • One in the room to the west, on the lower level of the lava room
    • One behind the second altar
    • One by Mak-Murug
  • Collectables:
    • Crude Altar near the first altar
    • Mushroom in the room to the west, on the lower level of the first lava room
    • Adventurer's Pack along the northern walkway on the lower level of the first lava room
    • Mushroom near the second altar
    • Adventurer's Pack on a ledge to the north, on the high road
    • Mushroom on a ledge to the west, on the high road
    • Cabinet near Mak-Murug
    • Mushroom on a ledge above Mak-Murug; you need to continue past his alcove and keep climbing up.
    • Adventurer's Pack north of the third altar, near the lava flow
  • NPC rewards: None - Quest is advanced to "Brood of Flame"


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Altar of the Dragon Below( view
Altar of the Dragon Below.jpg
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0 Construct Inanimate Object
Fire Mephit( view
Fire Mephit.jpg
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite OR Summoned by another mephit: ♦3Normal ♥3Hard ♠3Elite Fire Outsider Mephit
Gray Ooze( view
Gray Ooze.jpg
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 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠9Elite Ooze Gray Ooze
Greater Hell Hound( view
Greater Hell Hound.jpg
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 ♠5Elite Evil Outsider Hellhound
High Shaman Mak-Murug( view
High Shaman Mak-Murug.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♠12Elite Giant Ogre
Large Fire Elemental( view
Large Fire Elemental.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠9Elite Elemental Fire Elemental
Lesser Gray Ooze( view
Lesser Gray Ooze.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠6Elite Ooze Gray Ooze
Ogre Shaman( view
Ogre Shaman.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠10Elite Giant Ogre
Ogre( view
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite Giant Ogre

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