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Adventures
Campaigns

Difficult Terrain is one of the adventures in the campaign Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus.

Icon Difficult Terrain.png Head to Candlekeep, but watch your step!
Requirements
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Must have completed "The Darkness Runs Deeper"
Objectives Objectives sign.png Complete Area 175
Rewards Icon Gems.png ×350 Tiamat's Favor ×??? Formation Formation A-Furnace.png

Variants[]

Cold & Wet[]

Icon Cold & Wet.png Head to Candlekeep, but watch your step and take an umbrella!
Requirements
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Must have completed "Difficult Terrain"
Objectives Objectives sign.png Complete Area 225
Restrictions
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Two members of the Flaming Fist escort the Champions to Candlekeep, changing slots every 25 areas.
In areas where it is raining, Champions' damage is reduced by 99% and enemies drop 99% less gold.
Rewards Icon Gems.png ×450 Tiamat's Favor ×??? Formation Formation A-Furnace Confused.png
Patron: Mirt Objectives sign.png Complete Area 325 Mirt Influence ×3.86e04 Ruby Coin.png ×1,400
Patron: Vajra Objectives sign.png Complete Area 350 Vajra Influence ×6.10e04 Symbol of Vajra.png ×1,700
Patron: Strahd Objectives sign.png Complete Area 375 Strahd Influence ×9.65e04 Barovian Coin.png ×2,100
Patron: Zariel Objectives sign.png Complete Area 400 Zariel Influence ×1.52e05 Symbol of Zariel.png ×2,550
Additional Formation Cold & Wet.png

Madcap Adventures[]

Icon Madcap Adventures.png Head to Candlekeep, but watch our for Madcaps!
Requirements
Requirements sign.png
Must have completed "Difficult Terrain".
Requirements sign.png
Must have completed 11 Descent into Avernus adventures or variants.
Objectives Objectives sign.png Complete Area 325
Restrictions
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Madcaps arrive in each area.
If a Madcap hits a Champion, a Bloodspawned Madcap immediately spawns.
The Bloodspawned Madcaps do not drop gold or count towards quest progress.
Each time a Madcap is Bloodspawned, Champion damage is reduced by 99% for 3 seconds.
Rewards Icon Gems.png ×650 Tiamat's Favor ×??? Formation Formation A-Furnace.png
Patron: Mirt Objectives sign.png Complete Area 425 Mirt Influence ×2.41e05 Ruby Coin.png ×3,150
Patron: Vajra Objectives sign.png Complete Area 450 Vajra Influence ×3.82e05 Symbol of Vajra.png ×3,850
Patron: Strahd Objectives sign.png Complete Area 475 Strahd Influence ×6.03e05 Barovian Coin.png ×4,700
Patron: Zariel Objectives sign.png Complete Area 500 Zariel Influence ×9.53e05 Symbol of Zariel.png ×5,750

Waves[]

Type Waves Bosses Favored By
armor-based 0 2 Binwin, Wulfgar
bandit 7 0
beast 28 2 Minsc, Zorbu
construct 7 1
devil 6 1
elemental 0 1
fey 2 0 Minsc
fiend 6 4 Turiel
flying 7 1
human 7 0
humanoid 11 2 Minsc, Zorbu
kenku 2 1
lycanthrope 2 1
melee 48 8
ranged 3 2
Wave Tags Monsters Monster Tags Image
1 fog outdoors Vulture beast melee Monster Beast MassiveScarredCrocodile.png
2 fog outdoors Vulture beast melee
3 fog outdoors Rabbit, Vulture beast melee
4 fog outdoors Rabbit beast melee
5 fog outdoors Crocodile Hatchling ×10 beast melee
Boss fog outdoors Massive Battle Scarred Crocodile boss beast melee
6 outdoors rain Skunk beast melee Monster Humanoid WerewolfLeader.png
7 outdoors rain Skunk beast melee
8 outdoors rain Wolf beast melee
9 outdoors rain Wolf beast melee
10 outdoors rain Wolf ×10 beast melee
Boss outdoors rain Werewolf Leader boss humanoid lycanthrope melee
11 outdoors rain Satyr fey melee Monster Devil GreaterImp.png
12 outdoors Lesser Imp devil fiend flying melee
13 outdoors rain Satyr fey melee
14 outdoors Lesser Imp devil fiend flying melee
15 outdoors rain Lesser Imp ×10 devil fiend flying melee
Boss outdoors rain Greater Imp boss devil fiend flying melee
16 outdoors Giant Fly beast flying melee Monster Beast direwolf1.png
17 outdoors thunderstorm Boar beast melee
18 outdoors rain Boar beast melee
19 outdoors rain Boar, Wereboar beast humanoid lycanthrope melee
20 outdoors rain Wereboar ×10 humanoid lycanthrope melee
Boss outdoors rain Dire Wolf boss beast melee
21 outdoors Scarecrow construct melee Monster Fiend Cambion.png
22 outdoors Scarecrow construct melee
23 outdoors Scarecrow construct melee
24 outdoors Scarecrow, Spined Devil construct devil fiend flying melee
25 outdoors Spined Devil ×10 devil fiend flying melee
Boss outdoors Cambion boss fiend armor-based ranged
26 outdoors rain Wild Dog beast melee Monster Construct ClayGolem.png
27 outdoors rain Thief, Wild Dog bandit beast human humanoid melee
28 outdoors rain Thief bandit human humanoid melee
29 outdoors rain Bandit Wizard, Thief bandit human humanoid melee ranged
30 outdoors rain Bandit Wizard ×10 bandit human humanoid ranged
Boss outdoors rain Clay Golem boss construct melee
31 outdoors rain Wolf beast melee Monster Elemental AirElemental.png
32 outdoors rain Thief bandit human humanoid melee
33 outdoors Thief bandit human humanoid melee
34 outdoors Wolf beast melee
35 outdoors Bandit Wizard ×10 bandit human humanoid ranged
Boss outdoors Air Elemental boss elemental melee
36 underground Giant Rat beast melee Monster Humanoid KenkuLeader.png
37 underground Giant Rat beast melee
38 underground Giant Rat beast melee
39 underground Giant Rat, Kenku Rogue beast humanoid kenku melee
40 underground Kenku Rogue ×10 humanoid kenku melee
Boss underground Kenku Leader boss humanoid kenku melee
41 underground Giant Rat, Giant Spider beast melee Monster Fiend Cambion.png
42 indoors Awakened Object construct melee
43 indoors Awakened Object construct melee
44 indoors Awakened Object construct melee
45 indoors Spined Devil ×10 devil fiend flying melee
Boss indoors Cambion boss fiend armor-based ranged
46 outdoors Giant Spider beast melee Monster Fiend Succubus.png
47 outdoors Giant Spider beast melee
48 outdoors Giant Spider beast melee
49 outdoors Giant Spider beast melee
50 outdoors Giant Spider ×10 beast melee
Boss outdoors Succubus boss fiend melee

Transcript[]

Icon Difficult Terrain.png Difficult Terrain
Head to Candlekeep, but watch your step!
Area Goal Quests & Cinematics
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Ye should stop complainin', drow.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
I'm just saying. It's five days on the road to Candlekeep. Look at the size of this party. You're telling me none of these arcanists can cast teleport?
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Gonna need tha length o' this walk ta clear me head, frankly. We're leavin' unfinished business and refugees in Baldur's Gate. We got nothin' ta drive us on but faint hope that Elturel can be saved.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Well, thanks for this talk, Bruenor. You've improved my outlook mightily.
1 Defeat 25 Monsters The day is as dark as your collective mood as you leave Baldur's Gate -- making an attack by vultures almost seem a useful distraction.
2 Defeat 25 Monsters More vultures appear, following the refugees from Elturel. Convince these carrion birds to seek prey elsewhere!
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
These vultures are relentless. We must slow them down or they slow us to standstill.
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
There -- that forest ahead. There's a path that shadows the road that should give us some cover.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
And I see another good reason to detour. Look there in the undergrowth -- it's the same wild mushrooms that Terminatur introduced us to.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Oi! Them fungi was fine eatin' when we met that gnome. Nothin' better fer keepin' tha spirits up on a long march than a good stew. Let's do some harvestin'!
3 Collect 25 Mushrooms The chaos of refugees on the roads seems to have startled the creatures of the forest. Before you can go mushroom picking, you'll need to clear these rabbits out!
4 Defeat 25 Monsters Another flock of rabbits is running amok -- and whatever's spooked them is close at hand.
5 Defeat the Crocodile A pack of crocodile hatchlings on the prowl is behind these disturbances! And their battle-scarred mother seems intent on showing her brood the finer points of hunting!
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Barely a day on this road and I've already lost track of the number of creatures that have tried to kill me. Seriously, now. Asharra? Strix? Dhadius? Delina? None of you know teleport? Summon coach cab? Anything?
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
You fret now, boss. But Deekin always says, 'Bad as things are, they get worse soon.'
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Deekin, I'm quite certain we've had the conversation where we discussed how you are decidedly not in charge of pep talks.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Doom...
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
The weather turns. Clouds darken. That scent on the air. Rain is coming.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
Minsc, it started raining a half-hour ago. We've just been in thick enough forest that you haven't noticed.
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
Ah. Minsc was wondering why trees were wet but head stays dry.
Icon Portrait Boo.png
Boo:
Squee!
6 Defeat 25 Monsters This torrential rain promises to make the journey to Candlekeep a gloomy slog. Good thing you're not also being attacked by skunks!
7 Defeat 25 Monsters As fast as you clear these skunks out, more of them lurch out from the underbrush!
8 Collect 25 Piles of Tinder You're going to need to find dry tinder if you have any hope of staying warm at your next stop -- but these wolves aren't making the search easy for you.
9 Defeat 25 Monsters The wolves aren't just on the hunt. Something has this pack riled up!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
This rain ain't lettin' up -- and tha weather ain't improvin' these wolves' mood!
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
That makes two of us. Well, one of me and several dozen of them. Wait... there! I can see a werewolf leading this pack.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
That explains them fightin' as hard as they has been -- and gives us somethin' ta strike at. Come on!
10 Defeat the Werewolf Leader Finish off this alpha werewolf quickly, and the rest of the wolves should scatter!
11 Defeat 25 Monsters Pushing on through the heart of these woods will reduce your travel time. But malicious satyrs are going to do their best to slow you down anyway!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Right, we done a solid slog and no mistake. 'Tis almost too dark ta keep on. Best we look fer a place ta camp, and soon.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
We could all do with a break. And we need to think about our next move. Share what information we can. Reya, I'm hoping you can tell us more about the Hellriders, and about Zariel. The old stories often hold hidden truths.
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
I'm happy to share what I know, Celeste. But it's a dark tale -- and is growing even darker, I fear.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
I know some of the old histories of Elturel, from a hundred years ago. Elturgard, the lands around the city, were under constant assault by fiends. Farms were ruined, livestock destroyed. But the fate of those captured and dragged off by devils was far worse.
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
The terror was the worst of it, or so the old writings say. No matter how many fiends the city cavalry destroyed, no matter how far they ranged, they could not stem the tide. In the end, the High Rider who was the ruler of Elturel led prayers to the gods for aid. And the next day, Zariel the archangel came.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
Her name means 'Companion of Light,' I believe. It was a turning point. Or should have been.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
I ain't meanin' ta interrupt ye, Reya, Celeste. But there's Minsc hustlin' back from patrol on tha run -- and he ain't alone!
12 Defeat 25 Monsters A bit of rest and the uplifting tone of heroic tales will do you good -- assuming these imps leave you alone!
13 Collect 25 Satyr Weapons That satyr pack is back! Perhaps disarming these disruptive fey will cool them off!
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
It was Zariel who knew the gate through which the fiends were entering Elturgard, on the Fields of the Dead west of Elturel. It was she who declared that she would lead the cavalry into Avernus, where the devils were massing.
Icon Nayeli.png
Nayeli:
A daunting mission. And an unprecedented chance to strike at the heart of evil.
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
Yes. Or at least it should have been. Thousands of riders went forth, following Zariel through the gate. But the host of Avernus weathered the assault. Zariel was defeated, and the survivors returned to Elturel.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
But even with the archangel lost, the attack accomplished something.
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
In its way, yes. The survivors named themselves the Hellriders, in memory of the sacrifice made by so many. And Elturel seemed safe, for a time at least. But no more.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Doom!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Oi! Relax there, ye scaredy-kobold. 'Tis just a story.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
No, doom! There! Doom!
14 Defeat 25 Monsters Another night's rest is disrupted by another pack of imps. Clear these tiny fiends out!
15 Defeat the Greater Imp The imps pursue you as you continue on your way -- and the greater imp that leads them seems intent on ending your journey early!
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Gah! That brightness in the sky! What is it?
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Settle down, elf. It ain't been rainin' that long that ye forgot about tha sun.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Sorry. Old drow habits die hard. Finally, some warmth! My boots are so soaked, it feels as though we've been walking underwater.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Ah, but as Deekin always says...
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
No. Deekin says nothing. Nothing!
16 Defeat 25 Monsters Finally, some much-needed sun! But a swarm of giant flies has taken to the clear skies in a frenzy!
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
Listen to that smell. The lightning is on the storm. The air, it crackles. Crackle crackle.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Stop. Use the power of positive thinking.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Doom...
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Enough from you! Gah! Not again...
17 Defeat 25 Monsters The rain falls like a hammer blow once more -- and drives a pack of boars from hiding!
18 Collect 25 Boar Tusks These boars seem intent on a fight to the finish! Collecting tusks from a few of them might calm the rest down.
19 Defeat 25 Monsters Wereboars join the fight -- and whip the last of the boar pack into a fighting frenzy!
20 Defeat the Dire Wolf The wereboars fall back to make a last stand -- and have a dire wolf fighting alongside them!
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
Look there. Clouds part and depart. The birds call out once more.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
All lies. I don't believe a word of it.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Oi, elf. Tha sun's shinin' again is all he's sayin'.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
I won't truck with false hope. This trip has broken me, Bruenor...
21 Defeat 25 Monsters The rain breaks again! And these evil scarecrows are looking to dry out with a little combat!
22 Defeat 25 Monsters The scarecrows mean to mob this farmstead! Push them back!
Icon Nayeli.png
Nayeli:
These evil constructs aren't going to break until the last of them is destroyed!
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
Watch out! There's someone trying to push past them.
Descent Portrait KaddrusHuman.png
Kaddrus:
Champions! I thought it was you. I'd recognize you heroes anywhere.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Can't say we ain't pleased ta have our reputation proceed us, friend. But this fight's not a place ye wanna be.
Descent Portrait KaddrusHuman.png
Kaddrus:
On the contrary, Bruenor. This is my farm the scarecrows have infested, and I'll defend it at your side. Fight on!
23 Collect 25 Carrots This fight will destroy Kaddrus's carrot crop unless you lend a hand!
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
The scarecrows are breaking finally. One last assault should finish them.
Descent Portrait KaddrusHuman.png
Kaddrus:
And not a moment too soon. I didn't think I could hold out on my own much longer.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Gotta say, Kaddrus, this is a lot o' farmstead fer only one bloke ta tend. Ye need ta get yerself some hired hands.
Descent Portrait KaddrusHuman.png
Kaddrus:
Oh, I have friends nearby, never fear. And a good thing too, looking at the number of you. For I'm not the young man I used to be...
Icon Nayeli.png
Nayeli:
What in... Treachery! Spined devils surround us! I see your true form now, Cambion.
Descent Portrait KaddrusCambion.png
Kaddrus:
Yes, well, I did say I had friends nearby, didn't I? Now let me introduce you all properly!
24 Defeat 25 Monsters Betrayal! The cambion Kaddrus brings a pack of spined devils to join the fray!
Descent Portrait KaddrusCambion.png
Kaddrus:
Focus on the dwarf! Get that shield off his back -- or off his corpse!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
That's yer game is it, cambion? Am I right in thinkin' ye and whatever creature's trapped in this relic is old friends?
Descent Portrait KaddrusCambion.png
Kaddrus:
I don't divulge my plans to my enemies, dwarf. Not that you'll be around for long to repeat them...
25 Defeat the Cambion Another squad of spined devils defends their cambion master! Take these fiends down!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
How ye talkin' now, ye fair fiend? Yer devil friends is dispatched back ta tha Nine Hells that spawned 'em. Ye gonna step up now to take yer turn?
Descent Portrait KaddrusCambion.png
Kaddrus:
Fie on you and all your companions, dwarf. And watch your backs! I will have the shield of the hidden lord! And none of you will reach Candlekeep alive if I have anything to say about it!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Oi. Ye doin' all right?
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Why wouldn't I be?
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Well, just on account o' how it's startin' in rainin' again.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Weather is just a state of mind, Bruenor. I'm a professional adventurer. There's nothing nature can throw at me that can't be countered by a positive state of mind.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Can't help but notice ye also got Deekin standin' behind ye and heftin' up a mighty big umbrella.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Doom...
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Can't hear either of you over my positive state of mind.
26 Defeat 25 Monsters Fewer devils! More rain! The journey to Candlekeep continues!
27 Defeat 25 Monsters Just as these wild dogs seemed about to break, an attack by sneak thieves emboldens them!
28 Collect 25 Smashed Pumpkins The mud of the farm fields is letting the thieves home in on your tracks too easily. Smashing some of these pumpkins can help cover your trail!
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
These accursed thieves have wizardly backup! There's more to this attack than banditry.
Icon Nayeli.png
Nayeli:
I've got a feeling I know who's behind it. You there! You lead this motley band? Bring out the cambion and let him fight his own battles!
Portrait Highharvestide BanditWizard.png
Bandit Wizard:
Tough talk, paladin. But the coin Kaddrus has offered is enough for us to fight any battle he wants -- and what we'll gain from selling that armor of yours will only add to our profit!
29 Defeat 25 Monsters These wizardly bandits have done a deal with the cambion. Time to make them a serious counteroffer!
30 Defeat the Clay Golem The thieves have scattered, but the bandit wizards have a clay golem! Hit this construct hard!
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
Finally! An inn to take some shelter from this wretched weather. The Way of the Lion is just ahead -- the road to Candlekeep. It won't be long now.
Descent Portrait ReyaMantlemorn.png
Reya:
Do you really think one of the scholars there will be able to help us?
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
I do -- and one scholar in particular. A mage named Sylvira Savikas. A specialist in infernal magic.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
It'll be good ta take a bit o' time ta dry off and get some grub before we get down ta talkin'. I'm so hungry, me stomach's howlin'.
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
Minsc thinks you mean 'growling.' Or Minsc thinks that is not your hunger you hear...
31 Defeat 25 Monsters The approach to Candlekeep is at hand! And these wolves seem intent on giving you a warm welcome!
32 Defeat 25 Monsters The Way of the Lion is swarming with thieves looking to rob those heading for Candlekeep. Send these villains packing!
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Boss, look! Sun is out!
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
So it is. I hadn't really noticed it had gone. Positive thinking, Deekin.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Deekin think very positive, boss. So Deekin gets to dry off now?
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Maybe in a bit.
33 Collect 25 Rain-soaked tinder The rainstorm that's been following you has made a mess of the road. Collect some of the rain-soaked tinder. Hopefully it'll dry before your next night at camp.
34 Defeat 25 Monsters These troublesome thieves finally break -- which gives the wolves you scattered earlier a chance to regroup!
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
There, on the road ahead. It's one of the priests of Candlekeep. Everyone, search your packs for books.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Ye sure Celeste? Seems a strange time fer a readin' break.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
It's not for reading, Bruenor. Admission to Candlekeep costs a book that the monks don't already have in their collection. I'm sure one of us will have something.
Descent Portrait PriestofDeneir.png
Priest of Deneir:
Welcome travelers. I will escort you the rest of the way. I trust your journey was pleasant?
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Absolutely bracing.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Boss...
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Quiet back there. And watch out! Those bandit wizards are back!
35 Defeat the Air Elemental These bandit wizards seem anxious for a rematch. Show them how much you've been looking forward to it as well!
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Deekin, I've told you before, hold that umbrella still. If my hat gets rumpled, it's coming out of your share of the treasure.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
But boss, Deekin is fetching book from pack for Celeste and priest fellow! Special book that no one else has, because Deekin makes it. The Book... of Doom!
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
That sounds... interesting, Deekin. What is it?
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Deekin writes down all the doom seen since joining the Champions. Very long book, it is.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
And it will serve us nicely. Well done, Deekin.
Descent Portrait PriestofDeneir.png
Priest of Deneir:
Well done indeed, my kobold friend. Come, all of you. Candlekeep awaits.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
So this is Candlekeep. A little more grim than I expected, to be honest.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
This is just the basement, Jarlaxle. The priests are expecting some kind of trouble. They thought it best if we waited here until they have it sorted. Sylvira has been notified that we're here.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Sorry, I must have missed some of that. This umbrella keeps hitting my ears.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
Boss?
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Yes, all right, you can put it down. But stay close just in case.
Icon Deekin.png
Deekin:
No, boss! Warning! Rats!
36 Defeat 25 Monsters As long as you're waiting in this basement library, you might as well lend the monks of Candlekeep a hand with some pest control!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Them rats ain't lettin' up. And look there! Ogre! Watch yerselves!
Descent Portrait LittleOne.png
Little One:
Ogre?! Where?! Oh, I see -- you mean me. I'm so sorry, I forget sometimes. Allow me to introduce myself. They call me Little One.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Err, yeah. And sorry. Ain't used ta most ogres bein' quite as high-talkin' as yerself.
Descent Portrait LittleOne.png
Little One:
No apologies necessary. The magic of the headband I wear makes me... somewhat special. But I've prattled on too long. I've been sent to collect some books for Sylvira Savikas, and to bring you to her. But it looks like we have rats to deal with first!
37 Defeat 25 Monsters Time to meet Sylvira at last! And it looks like these rodents are intent on coming along!
38 Collect 25 Books Little One will be forever collecting the books Sylvira needs by himself. Time to lend a hand!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
These rats is almost on tha run finally. One more attack should finish 'em.
Descent Portrait KenkuLeader.png
Kenku Leader:
Yes. Let's hope that one attack leaves you all just a bit weaker, Champions.
Descent Portrait LittleOne.png
Little One:
Here, now. All of you. Visitors aren't permitted down here except by invitation.
Descent Portrait KenkuLeader.png
Kenku Leader:
Oh, we have our invitation -- courtesy of Kaddrus. Champions! Turn over the shield of the hidden lord, or this library is the last place you'll see!
39 Defeat 25 Monsters These kenku rogues have shown their worth by breaking into Candlekeep undetected. Too bad their mission is going to end in failure!
40 Defeat the Kenku Leader The kenku regroup for another assault! Take their leader out and the rest will scatter!
Icon Nayeli.png
Nayeli:
I should have realized. The trouble the monks are having must be Kaddrus still trying to seize the shield. That cambion is annoyingly persistent.
Descent Portrait LittleOne.png
Little One:
Oh, friends. Even one who seeks this relic can only be less dangerous than the relic itself. I have read of the shield of the hidden lord in the old books. There is a dark spirit held within it. I hear its voice even now.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Welcome to the club.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
We have a more immediate problem. If Kaddrus guesses that we're trying to reach Sylvira, he might try to thwart us -- and she might be in danger. Little One, lead us to her, quickly!
41 Defeat 25 Monsters On your way to Sylvira's laboratory, you find the dungeon corridors of Candlekeep in dire need of some de-infestation! Take these vermin out!
Descent Portrait SylviraSavikas.png
Sylvira:
Ah, Champions. So the rumors from the gates were true. We are well met.
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
Meeting you is all the honor, Sylvira. Your reputation runs far and wide. We have brought danger to Candlekeep despite our best intentions, but our need is great. We think this infernal puzzle box might hold some clue to the fate of Elturel.
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Sylvira:
Elturel! A fiendish puzzle, you've brought me. But what's that noise? Oh, confound it! I animated some construct servants this morning, and their programming hasn't taken.
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Bruenor:
Ye don't mind me suggestin' it, Sylvira, we can tidy up them servants fer ye while ye puzzle out this puzzle box. We got no time ta lose.
42 Defeat 25 Monsters You don't want to risk Sylvira becoming distracted by her animated servants. Get these constructs under control!
43 Collect 25 Spell Components These awakened objects are making a mess of the place! Clear up these scattered spell components, quickly!
44 Defeat 25 Monsters The last of Sylvira's construct servants mob you! Time to put this uprising down for good!
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Sylvira:
Nicely done, Champions. I appreciate the assistance. And I think I can return the favor with information. I've opened the puzzle cube -- but the secrets it holds are not for the faint of heart.
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Deekin:
Doom...
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Jarlaxle:
Deekin, watch the door, will you? Let the grown-ups talk.
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Sylvira:
Your instincts were correct, Celeste. This cube holds the secret to the fate of Elturel. Thavius Kreeg's treachery has doomed the city and all its people.
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Reya:
That cannot be. The power of the Companion and the Creed Resolute was a strength that no one should have been able to break.
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Sylvira:
But the Creed Resolute was Kreeg's weapon. Long have I mistrusted that overseer. The puzzle box holds Kreeg's contract with Zariel, granting dominion over Elturel and each soul bound by the Creed Resolute.
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Reya:
But everyone in Elturel has signed the creed. This means... gods, no...
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Deekin:
Bosses! Everyone! Trouble!
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Kaddrus:
Well met again, Champions. You are a decidedly tenacious bunch.
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Sylvira:
A cambion! Most unusual. And no friend of yours, I assume?
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Nayeli:
An enemy, sworn and true. You grow tired of sending your minions against monks and scholars, Kaddrus? Let us show you what a real fight looks like.
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Kaddrus:
My minions' one purpose was to wear you down and let me learn your intent in coming here, paladin. And what I've learned will serve me well -- once the shield of the hidden lord is mine!
45 Defeat the Cambion A surprise assault! Show this cambion and its diabolical servants that they were lucky to escape from the Champions once!
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Celeste:
I'm sorry for bringing this violence to your laboratory, Sylvira. But we should take our leave now. We need to think on what your revelations mean for Elturel. This is dire news.
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Sylvira:
But no, Celeste, we were interrupted. Thavius Kreeg's contract, you see. It has given Zariel dominion over Elturel. But the city and its people must be fully claimed. A long process, given the chaos that the Blood War unleashes across Avernus.
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Nayeli:
You mean... Elturel has gone... but it might not yet have fallen.
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Sylvira:
Exactly. If you go to Avernus, you might yet save the city. There might still be time.
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Jarlaxle:
I'm sorry, go where now?
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Sylvira:
Go quickly, Champions. Seek supplies in the library, then make for the griffon platform. From there, you'll be flown to the island tower of a mage named Traxigor. He can cast plane shift to take you to Avernus.
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Jarlaxle:
All right, I think it's time to put this to a vote...
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Bruenor:
Less yakkin' and more packin', elf. Everybody, grab up any magic Candlekeep can spare. We got a city ta save!
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Jarlaxle:
I just want it to be known that I am here under duress. Someone write that down. Deekin!
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Deekin:
Yes, boss. Deekin starting new Book of Doom.
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Traxigor:
Ah, there you are. Sylvira messaged me of your arrival. I trust the griffon flight was to your liking?
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Deekin:
Whee! Yes!
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Jarlaxle:
No.
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Nayeli:
Ignore those two. Traxigor, can you do this for us? Take us to Avernus?
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Traxigor:
I can't say I'm happy to do so, but if that's your wish and Candlekeep's command, it shall be done. But I'll need a few minutes to prepare.
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Bruenor:
Oi! What's that trumpetin' sound?
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Traxigor:
That's Lulu, my companion. And she's sounding a warning. Watch yourselves!
46 Defeat 25 Monsters Getting to Traxigor's island was easy enough. Getting through the dense forest that surrounds the tower is another matter!
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Lulu:
Traxigor! Are you all right?
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Traxigor:
Just fine, Lulu, thanks to these fine new friends.
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Celeste:
My word! What a unique creature.
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Traxigor:
Yes, Lulu is a hollyphant. And potentially a resource to you on your quest, for she knows much of the Nine Hells. But quickly, we must move. Those spiders are back!
47 Defeat 25 Monsters Giant spiders are everywhere! Drive these monstrous vermin back!
48 Collect 25 Strands of Spider's Silk Web-spinning spiders are trying to hem you in! Tear these webs down before you're trapped!
49 Defeat 25 Monsters As fast as you drive them back, the spiders only seem to fly into a greater frenzy! What's driven these arachnids into a rage?
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Bruenor:
Them spiders is mountin' another offensive. Get ready!
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Nayeli:
Bruenor, stand fast! It's a distraction. I sense a great evil behind us... there!
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Succubus:
Ah, Champions. We keep doing this same dance, you and I. Shall we finish it here, once and for all?
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Nayeli:
We'll finish it, yes. And when what passes for your soul is sent shrieking back to your master, tell Zariel we're coming for her.
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Succubus:
Ha! You can tell her yourself, I think. If I'd known before how intent you were on traveling to Zariel's domain, I would have offered to escort you there myself!
50 Defeat the Succubus This succubus has been a messenger of Zariel all along. Time for the Champions to send a message in return!
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Bruenor:
One fiend down. How many more ta go?
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Nayeli:
If what we're to face on Avernus is anything like I expect, you won't want to keep a count. Champions. You all know what we're about to do. Where we're going. We'll need to stick together. Stand fast and hold to the light.
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Celeste:
Still having second thoughts, Jarlaxle?
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Jarlaxle:
It'll be fine. Positive thinking.
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Lulu:
That's the spirit, new friend. Always think on the good things, or so a friend once told me. I think I remember...
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Traxigor:
If you're ready, it's time. We go to Avernus! Hold on...!
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