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ShadowGuard Guide by gaazhagens

Updated: 09/28/2011

                    ShadowGuard FAQ/Walkthrough
        (NeverWinterNights Diamond Edition expansion pack)
                         Version 1.00
                        Table of Contents
#1) Introduction and Overview
#2) Episodes and Quests
#3) Contact Information

#1) Introduction and Overview

This is a short game with some rough spots in the implementation, but with some
interesting features that differ from NWN, and an enjoyable series of brief
adventures.  The basic idea is that you are the son of the ruler of Ghaarak, 
and you have just graduated from the academy. Your father has received a
mysterious magic jewel and an enemy wants it. He also wants to kill you and
your father, and destroy Ghaarak. Ultimately he succeeds in the last two of
these goals, but you escape from Ghaarak -- at which point the story ends.
Along the way you carry out various tasks, promoting civil order in Ghaarak and
eliminating some of the lesser villains.  I played with an elven wizard
imported as a high level character from NWN (chaotic good). It was broken back
to level 3 at the start of the game (and only reached 5 at the very end.)

One of the novel features of ShadowGuard is that you must eat when you rest.
Your inventory starts out with 4 "meal packs," and you can buy more in the 
marketplace (from Rago.) (The game is short enough that a couple dozen meal
packs will suffice.) There is no resuscitation in the game, so save often. The
implementation of henchmen is different from NWN. The main one is Markius
Albright, first encountered in the marketplace. He offers you quests and then
becomes a henchman when you accept. There is partial inventory control in that
you can inspect his inventory and adjust his weapons, but you cannot take his 
possessions (e.g., healing potions) for your own use. After the quest, he 
generally goes off and ceases to be a henchman (until the next time). If you
give him something, it disappears with him. (So don't!) Your character is quite
weak and your best strategy when fights erupt is to keep out of the way and
not get killed.  Your henchman usually does most of the fighting, and you may
need to heal him, so prepare by buying plenty of healing potions.

The development of the story proceeds through quests.  When you don't know what
to do next, you can sometimes ask your henchman. More often, you will want to
check the Journal for any currently uncompleted quests. The suggestions are
generally quite clear. Actually, you don't need a walkthrough for this game
because it is made so obvious what you should do next.

The game board consists primarily of the Marketplace and the Imperial district,
together with various buildings with interiors. The Imperial district has the
Imperial Grand Hall.  (You start in the Academy, but otherwise it is mainly
irrelevant.  The Imperial Estate is inaccessible for most of the story.)  The
Marketplace has the Ravenclaw Tavern and the Sewer entrance. Various vendors
are distributed about the Marketplace, but they are out in the open. Rago sells
meal packs.  In my run, he bought loot at the best price. Forgehammer sells
weapons and armor, and Sevanna sells healing potions and spell scrolls. The
other two named vendors are quest related. 

Crates behind Sevanna's stand hold crafting supplies; Forgehammer also sells 
them. You may want to play with crafting, but since you can't make magical
items and since non-magical ones so cheap, this is just for your own amusement.


#2) Episodes and Quests

You start with an interaction with "The Eternal Spirit." (An imported 
high-level character comes in at Level 3 with some inherited spells, and its 
interaction is just a pass-through, but a new level-1 character is immediately
offered level-ups to 2 and 3; it receives gratis some extra level-1 spells, but
only those it chooses for spell level 2). After a monolog and a dialog with 
Gilles that just provides some background, the graduation ceremony from the
academy begins. You are called on to judge the spirit of "Yakir the Black." Of
the three choices among which you ultimately choose: choice 1 shifts you 5
points towards lawful, choice 3 shifts you 5 points towards chaotic, and 2 does 
neither.  For most characters, the choice would seem not to matter, and I see 
no connection between this episode and anything else in the story. At the
conclusion of the ceremony, you choose among three "crests." These are magical
devices with potentially valuable powers. The "Crest of the Guardian" offers
Globe of Invulnerability (11) or Shield (5) once per day. The "Crest of the
Redeemer" permits you to cast Cure Moderate Wounds (10) or Monstrous
Regeneration (11) once per day. The "Crest of the Enforcer" grants Flame Weapon
(3) once per day. I would recommend either Guardian or Redeemer because your
main challenge is keeping yourself and your henchman alive! (I cannot find
documentation on "Monstrous Regeneration.") You also receive a rather strange
book, "The Chronicles of Abaran." When you right-click on it, you get the
option, "Use: Unique Power Self Only." When you select it, you begin reading
the book; as you continue reading, "illustrations" appear.  The book basically
provides background on the emperor Rakha and his enemy the Crimson Prophet.

With all these preliminaries out of the way, you can finally begin adventuring.
You leave the Academy for the Imperial District and then exit from it to the
marketplace. (A conversation with Gilles is part of the sub-theme of your 
relations with your father.) In the Marketplace, you are hailed by Markius
Albright. Accept his quest ("Slavers in Ghaarak"), but defer carrying it out
until you have visited the market stalls of Rago (food packs), Sevanna (healing
potions), and Forgehammer(arms and armor.) You start out with 1000 GP. Stock up
on food. (Resting is vital and food packs are cheap, so don't stint yourself.)
Buy the best arms and armor you can afford, while leaving enough funds for a
significant number of healing potions, plus possibly 50-100 GP for bribes.

Visit Nelgir's gem shop for another quest. The elven female in the interaction,
Kara Dy'nesh will turn out to be a member of the ShadowGuard, which is headed
by Markius -- these are the good guys, your allies. This quest is called "The
Restless Spirit;" it will be a while before you can do anything about it.

You can now approach Shrak to carry forward the slaver quest. Response 3
followed by the bribe of 50 GP (or even 20 GP) elicits information on 
contacting the slavers. Alternatively, open the trapped chest next to Shrak
(he pays no attention) to obtain a revealing letter.  (Note: when documents are
found, you usually have to actually put them in your pack for the quest to be
updated.) Take the information/letter back to Markius. Agree to help him deal
with the slavers, and he will become your henchman and now YOU have to lead the
way. Enter the tavern and give the secret knocks and password at the door on
the SE side of the short corridor. You are stunned and captured. When you come
to Markius is fighting (by hand) against two armed slavers. You have dim
vision, which you should use to get out of the way. (Your weapons and any 
summoned animal would be gone, as well as the effects of mage's armor, but
your familiar would still be with you.) When you leave the room, you will find
a chest with your weapons, but Markius' will probably be gone. (I think this is
a bug. The chest is too small to hold his weapons as well as yours.) You need
to rearm Markius: I gave him my sword +1 and kept a cross bow.  Do what you can
to prepare for a fight. Then exit. After a couple of rooms/fights you reach a
large room with someone named Jhordak, who is apparently a personal enemy of
Markius.  In due course a fight ensues. Afterward, remember to search Jhordak's
body. Continue through one more room with enemies, to a room with a rope. Take
back your weapon from Markius because he will disappear after you climb the
In parting, Markius suggests contacting Tarin Lightfingers and Kara Dy'nesh at
the tavern. Kara is the elven woman who stole the gem and Nelgir also suggested
looking for her at the tavern (see Journal.) You speak to Tarin and sit in on
his card game.  He wins and one of his opponents, a minotaur, Gahn, gets upset.
In the end, the minotaur tells his tale, and you agree to try to recover a 
brooch that he lost to a cardshark named Mylok the day before. (Gambler's Luck
quest) Mylok is standing by the wall a short distance SE of the restaurant. 
(Prepare for a fight.) Most sequences of responses lead to him attacking you.
You kill him and take the brooch back to Tarin then offer it to Gahn.  To get 
him to take it, you must lie, which shifts you 5 points towards chaotic. (If 
you did the deed without payment you are also shifted 5 point towards good.)

A person named Malthar next approaches Tarin and proposes a game of cards. You
sit down at the table with them. In the end, Malthar reveals that he is a 
bounty hunter for Pharos Nightcrawler to whom Tarin owes an unpayed debt and 
that he has spiked their drinks. You refuse to let them have Tarin, they 
attack, you are (probably) wounded but Gahn comes to the rescue. In the 
meantime, the Nightcrawlers have carried off Tarin.  You set out (alone) to
rescue him, following up an observation by Gahn that the men involved have been
seen around the boathouse (marked on the map.) You see Malthar head down a
trapdoor and follow. After a number of fights, with the aid of your familiar
and a summoned boar, you defeat all the Nightcrawlers and rescue Tarin.

With Tarin taken care of, turn to Kara (as both uncompleted Journal entries
suggest.) Go to the tavern and speak to Ruknar the barkeep. Bribe him to give
you the key to the room of the "pretty Elven lady" (opposite the one the
slavers occupied.) Talk to her and tell her Markius sent you.  She will explain
why she took the gem and cannot return it. She goes into a trance and 
communicates with the spirit, who proves to be Malgor, Nelgir's father, whom
he murdered. He cannot rest until Nelgir is brought to justice, which is 
obviously your next task. Based on a hint from the spirit, you are to look for
Malgor's body in the sewer (entrance shown on map.) As you look about, you 
"notice" a suspicious pile of rubble, which indeed conceals Malgor's body
complete with Nelgir's monogrammed dagger in the back. The Journal entry that
appears suggests going to Officer Gadolin. You find Gadolin in the marketplace
slightly north of the gate to the Imperial District. On the way, the Crimson
Prophet manifests himself and is unsuccessfully confronted by Harkon (who will
turn out eventually to be another member of the ShadowGuard.) Return with
Gadolin to arrest Nelgir, then speak to Malgor's ghost. 

At this point, the only uncompleted item in the Journal suggests that your
father should be informed about the appearance of the Crimson Prophet. So
head for the Imperial District.  Your are stopped by a hooded messenger who
tells you that someone named Xanthar has something concerning your father to
tell you, so you head off to talk to Xanthar near the docks. Xanthar turns 
hostile and attacks but Markius appears and defeats Xanthar. Markius advises 
you to warn your father there is a plot against his life. So off to the 
Imperial District again. Enter the Imperial Grand Hall.  Your father is in the 
Council Chamber (marked on map.) When you enter you overhear a lengthy 
conversation concerning the mysterious magic gem. You then have a conversation
with your father which advances the Journal but without any new quest.  You 
should explore the other rooms.  The storage room has some worthwhile items of
loot. The library has books and a bashable chest.  The chest contains a ledger
concerning the control stone.  It seems it ought to be relevant, but so far I
haven't been able to fit it in. You can talk to Zhiram in the central chamber
with the control stone, but to little apparent effect. As you head back to the
market district, you are stopped by Markius who has information that Mikel
Ravenclaw is plotting you and your father's death. You go with him to the
tavern to deal with Mikel Ravenclaw.

Mikel's chamber is marked on the map. Provoke the guard at his door, kill him
and take his key. Enter Mikel's chamber. Kill Mikel. On his body you find a 
note in the handwriting of Chancellor Varhun putting him up to the
assassination attempt. (Put the note in your pack to update the Journal.) The
Journal entry suggests that you approach Captain Anagril (who will be found in
the Imperial District.) Loot the two small rooms to the west, then head for the
Imperial District. As you approach the entrance to the district, you are
stopped by a sinister person named Ghasaran. He is looking for Kara and you 
refuse to tell him where she is. A new entry "Disciples of Akhana" appears in 
the Journal sugggesting that you inform Kara. (The Kara episode must be done
before going to your father in the Imperial District.)

Go to Kara's room at the tavern. Prepare for a fight. Talk to her. Ghasaran
and company show up claiming to have followed you. After some talk, a fight 
ensues. Kara leaves after some talk

Enter the Imperial District and speak to Captain Anagril, who is just inside
the Imperial Grand Hall. You go to Varhun and after some talk you search his
desk. After some more interactions with Anagril and Varhun, Varhun attacks and
is killed. Search his body for some good loot. He has a key, but I never found
a locked door that it would unlock.  At this point the "Assassins" quest item
is under the Completed tab in the Journal.  It does, however, suggest going to
your father. On leaving the Grand Hall, Markius takes himself off after urging
you to speak to your father. You go to the Imperial Residence; it explodes
killing your father; the Red Prophet appears and tells his followers to kill
you; Markius shows up and saves you. Head for the marketplace; in the outer
courtyard of the district, a fight is in progress. After it finishes, speak to
Captain Anagril.  The gate to the market sqare is magically blocked by the
control stone, which must be disabled in order to escape.  There are two
options: direct assault or a secret passage. (Stop by the Academy for some
supplies.) The secret passage is by the "Statue of Emperor Rakha," but you
will have to fight your way through the golems, who are now hostile. The area
you reach is just full of traps, so watch out! At the other end, you will find
a rope to climb to reach the storage area of the Grand Hall (guarded by a 
couple of Crimson Followers.) Proceed to the central chamber with the Control
Stone, fighting for each room. (Note the chests in the storage room are new
and can be looted.)

The control stone can be dealt with in two ways: by knowing the access code and
the rune setting, or by bashing all the peripheral pedestals.  The code is
in a book, "Ledger #13: The Control Stone," which you may have picked up 
earlier or can pick up now in the library. It can also be obtained with 
Spellcraft by interacting with the stone. The rune setting is given by a 
mnemonic in Zhiram's ledger. Zhiram is lying deal in the control room. In 
SOME runs, his journal can be found on his body.  In other runs, it is nowhere
to be found. (I think this is a bug.) In any case, bashing always works. When
the last pedestal is bashed, the Crimson Prophet bursts from the Treasury room,
utters some threats, summons some minions and runs off. Harkon, who had been
imprisoned in a magic bubble, helps in the subsequent fight and then runs off,
too. You can explore the rest of the building for some more fights and some
loot.  There is an trapped unbashable chest in the Treasury, to which I never 
found a key, as well as two others that can be opened. In any case, the gate to
the Marketplace can now be opened.
(When the ledger is found it suggests that the rune on the right be set to 9, 
the one to the left be set to 1, and the one in the middle to 0.  This works.
An advantage of using the control orb is that you can shut off the golems

A battle ensues as soon as you exit the Grand Hall, and others may follow as
you approach the gate to the Marketplace. Once there, Markius departs. You go
to the gate and speak to Markius again. You have to choose a different member
of the ShadowGuard to accompany you to the ship by which you will escape
Ghaarak. You speak to each of them. The choices are as follows:
  Kara Dy'nesh, true neutral elven cleric (5), AC 19, HP 45
    (Strength 10, Dext 18, Const 10, Intell 10, Wisdom 17, Charisma 15)
  Tarin Lightfingers, chaotic good halfling rogue (5), AC 19, HP 40
    (Strength 10, Dext 21, Const 15, Intell 14, Wisdom 10, Charisma 12)
  Lyen Silverblade chaotic good human ranger (1), rogue(4) AC 14, HP 51
    (Strength 16, Dext 13, Const 16, Intell 8, Wisdom 10, Charisma 10)

Note: you must speak with each of the four (including Markius) before you can
leave the District. So make your choice, enter the marketplace and receive 
500 XP, which may allow you a level-up. Fight your way to the docks, just in
time to see them destroyed and Officer Ganolin wounded. Talk to Ganolin. He
suggests there may be a secret underground passage to the docks from Ravenclaw
Tavern.  On investigating a pile of rubble, you learn that you will need a 
rope to descend. At what used to be Sevanna's stall, you will find a chest
containing a rope and grapple. You find yourself in Ravenclaw's room. Go into
the small side-room and use the key (you did keep Ravenclaw's key didn't you?)
to open the trapdoor. Making your way to the docks, you find Harkon and
company confronting the Crimson Prophet. The latter summons some demons and
escapes. After the fight, talk to Markius, then follow the others onto their
ship and go down into the hold. Story ends.

#3) Contact Information
Please include the word "ShadowGuard" in the subject line.


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