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Version: 1.01 | Updated: 01/02/07


Neverwinter Nights II Official Campaign Walkthrough

Version 1.01 - January 2, 2007 

by Nigel Kearney

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especially additions are welcome but please limit them to the official 
campaign, rather than general strategy and character building tips.

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General Comments

I have played the game through twice, the first time with a good cleric and the 
second with an evil fighter-weaponmaster. Having other classes as your main 
character may open up some extra quests or options. I know monk does.

You can only carry forward 5 skill points to the next level to prevent exploits
so plan accordingly. 

Intimidate/Diplomacy/Bluff/Appraise are only useful on your main character, as 
is Taunt when used in conversation. These come up a lot so decent intelligence 

There is generally no penalty for looting under people's noses

There are a number of lawful and chaotic alignment shifts. If taking the 'good' 
path with a barbarian or bard, make sure you start as chaotic rather than 
neutral to avoid alignment problems. If playing the 'evil' path with a monk you
will just have to be careful.

You can now control henchmen, unlike NWN 1. In most areas there is no need to 
micro-manage, just control one character (need not be your main one) and let 
the others do their thing. I usually lead with the char who has the highest AC 
so he draws enemy attacks, then switch to a spell caster during the fight.

Enemies are more willing than in NWN to go after your spellcasters and archers. 
Try to block doorways with fighters so your wizards can't be got at. Putting 
haste items on your spell casters is also a good idea.

Save your gold, you'll need it later for your stronghold and for expensive 
items in shops. Merchants have a maximum buy price, the highest is 20000 so 
don't sell items for 5000, 10000 or 15000 that could fetch more if you wait for
a better merchant.

You'll end at level 19 or 20 but there is lots of XP very close to the end. For
almost the entire game you will be level 17 or below.

Use the 'M' key to see a map of your current area - the little map that appears
by default is not that useful. This walkthrough assumes you are referring to 
the area mmap.

Part One 

Level up if you skipped the tutorial, also level up Bevil and Amie but don't 
worry about Amie's spells and skills - she won't be around long. Bevil will be 
with you only until level 4 so build him accordingly, I'd recommend power 
attack and cleave. Grab the stuff from your chest, loot Daeghun's place if you 
want, then head outside. After disposing of a few enemies, speak to Georg 
Redfell near the bridge for the next quest.  

You need to find five militia men in the village. They are the ones with real 
names. Ward Mossfeld is right by the bridge and needs healing. If you have a 
cleric you can do it yourself, otherwise go see Brother Merring near the house 
where you started to get som healing herbs for Ward. Across the bridge, after 
disposing of some more enemies, speak to Lazlo Buckman who is the second 
recruit.Over on the left, speak to Ian Harman who is cowering next to a house. 
He's a coward but you can persuade him or just hit him until he gives in. Next 
there is a cutscene and Amie gets killed by a mysterious green dude who 
promptly disappears (don't they always?). Continuing down the path, you'll meet
Wyl Mossfeld and Pitney Lannon who also need healing. That's the five recruits 
plus Webb Mossfeld is nearby for some extra XP or he can be the fifth if one of
the others didn't work out. 

Speak to Georg in the south-west of the village and fight off two waves of 
duergar and bladelings. After that you see some of them going into the Starling 
house. Speak to Mrs Starling, kill the duergar and save the children, then 
return to the fight outside.

When the fight is over you are sent to the swamp to retrieve a shard. Don't go 
right away, first loot the corpses and Tarmas's house. There's another house 
near Lewy Johns' corpse that you can also loot. Sell everything you don't want 
to Tarmas and rest if necessary. Keep any alchemist's fire or acid flasks as 
there are trolls later. Also Then leave the village via the exit transition.

The swamp and ruins are essentially linear, use the map to make sure you don't 
miss anything but generally just kill all enemies until the last room. You can 
use diplomacy to avoid a fight at the end but it doesn't make much difference 
in XP. Bevil is leaving after this so strip his items and loot the shard chest 
last to make use of the free ride home.

The next quest is to go to Neverwinter to learn more about the shard. Before 
you go, speak to people in town to get items or gold to help on your journey 
and sell to Tarmas as before. Also speak to Mrs Starling for a quest to find 
information about her missing husband. Then head out to the Weeping Willow Inn.

Outside the inn you'll meet the dwarven fighter Khelgar who joins your party. 
He is the best NPC for melee combat and stays until the end so plan his build 
accordingly. There is an excellent warhammer that he gets fairly late in the 
game so you'll want to give him feats for that, but as a fighter he has enough 
feats to spare that you can give him two handed weapon proficiencies early on. 
There are some nice halberds around so that may be the best choice. From now 
on, people who join your party will stay until the end unless noted otherwise. 
Once inside  the inn, kill all the attackers downstairs and upstairs and save 
the merchant Galen and Gera's husband. Then shop with Jorik to get some decent 
armour and weapons and leave for Fort Locke.

Head left at the start to kill some wolves for practice then you'll encounter 
Galen again who is now being held up by his own bodyguards. Help him out then 
head up towards the fort where you'll come across Neeshka being attacked by 
fort soldiers. Finish them off and Neeshka joins your party. She is the only 
NPC rogue so you may wish to keep her around but she's not much use in combat 
and dies fast if attacked. Give her a ranged weapon and set her follow distance
to far away. If your main character is a rogue or has decent open locks you 
don't need her. Traps in the game are too weak to really worry about. Once 
inside the keep, speak with Cormick and Vallis for the main quest and Tor and 
Liza for side quests. Also shop with Galen and Jacoby. You'll want a shortbow 
and arrows for Neeshka. 

When ready, exit through the other side of the keep and head to the bandit camp.
You'll be stopped on the way by bandits who need to be taught a lesson. Once at 
the camp, kill those inside and speak to the refugee leader. You'll then be 
attacked by a second wave of bandits. Once those are dispatched, clear out the 
house as well. There are some traps in there so watch out for those. You'll 
find Tor's holy symbol in a chest in the centre room. Once done, the refugees 
will follow you out of the camp and thank you.

Head over to the graveyard. Kill the enemies outside, loot the graves, then 
enter the crypt on the eastern side. Eventually you'll come to a room with a 
Shadow Priest and the missing Commander Tann who joins your party and wants to 
find his three missing men. Pull the lever next to him before leaving to unlock
the doors to the rest of the area. One missing man is dead, the next is saved
if you kill the undead surrounding him and the last is cowering at the end of a
trapped corridor. You'll exit in the north-west corner of the graveyard which 
leaves the western crypt still to explore. When you approach the statue in the
middle section, a bunch of zombies jump up and attack from both sides so be 
prepared for that.

After returning to Fort Locke, Vallis may attack depending on how the 
conversation goes. Otherwise he is arrested and executed. Either way, Tann is 
back in charge. Speak to Cormick, Tor and Liza to complete their quests, shop, 
then head to Highcliff. 

On the way, you encounter some bad guys and an annoying do-gooder elven 
druid named Jah-, er, Elanee joins your party. Redo her spellbook - I recommend
taking extend spell for her at level so you can have more and better buffs. 
Level her up as soon as she joins otherwise she'll automatically level after 
the fight. Elanee is quite a poor NPC but it'll be a long time before you get 
a cleric so she may be worth having around. Anyway, she suggests a 'short-cut' 
through a druid grove. 

Unsurprisingly, something is wrong that is causing the animals to attack. After 
fighting a large bear that is actually the druid of the grove, he mutters 
something cryptic about the mere before he dies. There's nothing you can do 
about it yet so leave and go to Highcliff.

You'll see a cutscene of a ship being sunk by lizards as it attempts to leave 
the port. Head up the cliff and speak to Elder Mayne. Your mission is to stop 
the lizards from sinking the ships so that you can sail to Neverwinter. Other 
quests in town are Par, who needs help with intruders in his house, Mozah is 
owed money by some adventurers, Gera and Zachan's sons are missing and Juni's 
husband William is also missing. Merchants are Branson for weapons and Edario 
for armour.

Head to Shandra's farm and arrive just in time to see some lizardmen torching
her barn. Speak to Shandra to get directions to the castle ruins which is your 
next destination. When you get there, head off to the right of the path to find
William. He's not interested in going back to Juni. You can convince him to 
return, or not, and also tell Juni the truth, or not. Then head up the left of 
the road, killing wolves along the way, and rescue Gera and Zachan's kids.

Outside the keep you'll meet a lizardman, Slaan, who wants you to save his 
fellows and joins your party for a while. Inside are more undead and another 
shadow priest. One of the zombie adventurers in his room has Mozah's backpay. 
Nasher's Nimble Boots (Dex +3) are in a chest in the same room. Clear out the 
rest of the castle and, after you find the lizards, speak to Slaan to be taken 
to his chieftain. You can either convince them to leave Highcliff alone or just
kill them. The former is the 'good' path but the latter leads to a lot of loot
and experience as you fight your way back to Highcliff village. Be sure to take
the southern exit from their lair to cover everything (both lead to the same 

Back in town, complete the quests for Mozah, Juni and Gera, do your shopping 
and speak to Elder Mayne last. You'll be transported to the bottom of the cliff
so speak to Mayne again to board the ship. After a couple of cutscenes you'll 
arrive on the Neverwinter docks.

Forget everything you know from NWN 1, the city has been completely redesigned. 
Start by heading to your uncle Duncan's inn, the Sunken Flagon. He has a second
shard and gives it you. The wizard, Sand, tries to determine what they do but 
is unsuccessful and recommends you consult Aldanon, a sage who lives in the 
Blacklake district. The problem is the Blacklake district is closed due to a 
recent murder so you need to find a way in. There are two choices: the good 
path is to join the city guards and the evil path is to work for the local 
thieves guild. Once you speak to either of them, your choice is locked in. The 
quests are very similar for each path - the main difference is whose side you 
are on. This walkthrough is based on the evil path.

Also, note that whenever you leave the inn, you are offered the option to 
reform your party. I'd keep Khelgar but the others are optional. You'll 
encounter Qara outside the inn who is a sorceress and offers to join your 
party. She goes to the inn to wait. Add her to the party then drop her again if
you don't want her. The reason is that she automatically levels up to your 
level the first time she joins. Now if you add her later, you will get to pick 
her spells instead of it being done automatically. You cannot 'unlearn' in NWN 
2. There are three good merchants in the area: two marked on the map and 
Raylene over by the south-east gate. You can extort money from Raylene but it 
may hurt you later on.

Caleb is your contact with the guild and can be found in an alley in the 
southern part of the area. He asks you to visit Hagen's shop and collect his 
protection money. Hagen is reluctant but I was able to intimidate him without 
bloodshed. Return the money to Caleb and the watch appears with Hagen in tow. 
Kill them when they try to take you in and afterwards Caleb sends you to see 

Her first quest is for you to visit the four guardposts and ensure they remain 
corrupt. They are marked on the map. After sorting them out and dealing with 
various other minor encounters, Moire wants you to burn down the city guard 
headquarters. First go inside and collect your reward from Cormick for helping 
him in Fort Locke then equip the torch Moire gave you and use it to set fire to 
the two stacks of crates and one wagon around the outside of the building. 
You'll have to fight off some guards as well if you fail a bluff check. Moire 
then sends you to meet Axle Devrie at his home in the merchant quarter.

Your mission is to escort a shipment of Luskan weapons through the back alley 
between the the docks and the merchant quarter. Meet the shipment outside the 
entrance to the back alley then just move through the area, taking out enemies 
along the way until you reach the warehouse, then speak to the supervisor at 
the end. The two smugglers will push the cart along behind you as you go. Once 
inside, the place gets raided by the City Watch. Go to each of the four 
shipment locations and defeat the guards there. You will see some guards 
attacking the shipment itself - you can ignore them because they cannot 
actually harm it. First kill the ones that attack you, then the others. 
Afterwards, report back to the supervisor to sell your (his) loot. Then use the
merchant quarter exit to go back to Moire at Axle Devrie's house. You are sent
to contact Karina at the Old Owl Well. She'll give you papers that enable you 
to pass as an official Neverwinter representative so the good and evil paths 
essentially merge from now on.

1.23 On the way you'll meet Grobnar - another annoying and weak NPC, but this 
time you don't have to take him. He'll still be available later at Duncan's inn
if you change your mind. 

Once there, speak to Callum to get your orders, which are to rescue the 
emissary who has been captured by orcs. Also see Simmy for a side quest. He 
asks you to find him some adamantium [I didn't find any in the orc areas. If 
you did, please drop me an email.] Don't travel to the Bonegnasher Clan just 
yet. Go to the Dwarven Scouts area first. This part of the game gives you 
several chances to improve your influence with Khelgar which is important 
later. So choose the honourable responses regardless of your general approach.
The area is linear and filled with orcs to kill. Once inside, be sure to grab 
the 'strange part' from the chest in the second room. There is an ore vein at 
the end of the first passageway. Just walk up to it until you get some XP and a
message saying you've found a vein of ore. These are important for your 
stronghold later. At the end, use the strange part to unlock the door that 
leads to the boss. You'll also find the gauntlets of Ironfist in the last 
chest. Head back outside and to the Bonegnasher Clan.

Another area where you just fight your way through. This time there are trolls 
which can only be killed by fire or acid. If you kept the vials of acid and 
alchemists's fire that you've found so far, that should be plenty. Use them 
after the trolls fall down to finish them off. The alchemists fire can either 
be thrown or applied to a weapon. At the end of the troll cave you'll find a 
second ore vein and blastglobes. Take both the stable and unstable ones. Now 
return to the rockfall marked on your map and use the box of unstable 
blastglobes to remove the rocks. The stable ones have no special purpose and 
can be used or sold. Moving towards the orc lair, you'll meet Guyven up above 
the road on the eastern side. Be nice tohim and listen to his story. He's 
useful later. Inside the lair there is another ore vein over to the left. 
Continue to the end and kill Yaisog to learn that Logram Eyegouger has the 
emissary. There is a man at the end claiming to be the emissary but he's an 
impostor so just kill him.

On the way back to Old Owl Well you'll encounter some orcs and meet the paladin
Casavir, who joins your party and knows the Eyegouger lair location. He's the 
only decent melee NPC apart from Khelgar so you may wish to keep him around, 
especially if your main character is a spell caster. For the time being you 
have no choice, however. 

Go to the Eyegouger clan area. Inside the lair on level 1 there is an ore vein 
in the north-east corner. There are also some wounded orcs that you should 
leave alone to die, otherwise you'll suffer a significant evil and chaotic 
alignment shift and lose influence with Khelgar and Casavir. Logram is on level
2 and down on level 3 is a tough fight with a shadow priest and two of his 
minions. Speak to the emissary and return to Old Owl Well. Speak to Callum to 
complete the quest and also Karina, if following the evil path.

You can complete Khelgar's trials of the maimed and the even-handed at this 
point after speaking to him and then Hlam in the Temple of Tyr.

Continuing the main quest, Axle asks you to assassinate Fihelis, who has been 
betraying them to the city watch. His home is in the merchant district. Axle 
wants you to do this quietly, but the place is crawling with city guards so I 
preferred to kill them for the XP. There is a vault on the ground floor, you 
can bluff the  guard to give you the key and walk away. Upstairs, fight your 
way to Fihelis in the south-east corner. The dialogue didn't give me any chance
to kill him so I had to let him go. In case you're wondering, Casavir isn't 
bothered by any of this, he'll even cast protection from good on you. 

Report back to Axle to get a further quest: kill the Luskans attempting to 
leave their ship, the Sea Ghost. Just go to the docks, kill them and return to 

Finally, Axle asks you to deal with some 'visitors' (i.e. Githyanki) who are in
town looking for you. Kill them all and destroy the portal in the last room to 
prevent more gating in. Axle then gives you access to Blacklake to see Aldanon 
and you may also choose the Shadow Thief of Amn class if you meet the other 

Karina is waiting near the Blacklake entrance, but stop off at Pap's on the way 
and buy some quicksilver. After speaking to Aldanon, you learn that someone 
named Amon Jerro was an expert on the Githyanki and you're headed to the 
archives to find the location of his hidden retreat. Unfortunately, the 
Githyanki got there first. Grab the veil from the dead caretaker on the right 
just after the entrance hallway. It gives true seeing but reduces dexterity and
armor class. The veil must be worn by your main character in order to see the 
parchment and pen in each of the four quadrants. Use these, answer the question
they ask by referring to books that can be found around the place or with 
sufficient lore skill (the questions are random), and the central room will 
then unlock. Don't miss the treasure in the secret rooms around the 
outside. Finally, read the book in the central room to learn that Shandra Jerro
is the last remaining descendant of Amon Jerro and be transported to Shandra's 

Kill the Githyanki outside then head into the farmhouse, kill some more and 
save Shandra. She's a bit reluctant but eventually goes with you to the Sunken 
Flagon. The Githyanki attack during the night and you need to save Shandra 
again, with no party members this time. Once you kill all the ones in the 
common room there is a cutscene and the ranger Bishop joins your party. Any 
remaining Gith will keep fighting after the cutscene so watch out for that. 
You'll want to drop Bishop as soon as possible but you're stuck with him for 
the time being. Shandra has been kidnapped and you need to rescue her. This is 
your last chance to shop or complete any side quests in part one. Neverwinter 
will remain the same in part two but other areas are changed or removed.

Head out to the Village of Ember. Prepare for battle as you'll be attacked from 
all sides as soon as you move very far. Kill the two waves of Gith. Speak to 
Marcus who wants Bishop's knife because it has a 'special power'. Give him the 
knife, then head out to the Githyanki Base. 

You'll meet Guyven again half-way up the mountain. As before, be polite and 
listen to his story. Proceed up the hill and through the cave into the inner 
complex. After you banish the demon Mephasm using his true name, you'll get an 
interdimensional sphere. When you encounter Zaxis, you can convince him to give
up (I used intimidate), but there is no experience for this so you may wish to 
just kill him. When fighting Zeeaire, use the interdimensional sphere on her 
portal to destroy it - this makes the fight a lot easier though the portal can
also be destroyed by attacking all the parts. After she dies, loot everything 
then speak to Shandra to head back to Neverwinter. There is a cutscene where 
Shandra trains as a fighter and joins your party. That ends part one.

Neverwinter Side Quests - Part One

Visit the Temple of Tyr with Khelgar in your party to get his three quests to 
become a monk. These are completed through dialogue when you have sufficient 
influence with Khelgar and cannot be done right away.

Also in the Temple of Tyr is Oleff who has a shop and also gives you a quest to 
investigate the Tomb of the Betrayers. Inside the tomb, work your way through, 
killing and looting. There are lots of traps, but nothing deadly. You'll meet 
Onan, a cleric of Tyr, who tells you that a notorious villain has returned as 
undead and taken over the tomb. Go to the central room and (surprise!) Fenthick
is waiting for you. He's an archer who runs around a lot. You'll spend most of 
the fight chasing him all over the room getting an occasional blow in. There 
are weak traps that you an avoid with a decent reflex save. Fenthick doesn't do
much damage either and will eventually die. Return to Onan after that and he 
joins the party temporarily. He's immortal so feel free to use him as a meat 
shield. The room in the northeast corner is a tough fight. It's initially empty
but when you approach the door, two temple guardians attack, one from each 
side. Place Onan over to one side and set him to 'stand your ground' so one 
guardian locks on to him and the other doesn't see him. You can then hack away 
at them in relative safety. I wasn't able to get the locked door open though. 
Return to Oleff for reward.

Just north of the temple is an encounter with a little girl who is suspected of 
pickpocketing. Best to help her out unless following a very lawful path. Also 
in the north-eastern area of the docks near the entrance to the back alley, 
you'll encounter Wolf who is being threatened by some thugs. Help him out as 

Other minor events involving your companions may also occur, depending on who 
is in the party.

Part Two

You are accused of the slaughter of the village of Ember and Sand joins the 
party to help with your defence. I'd recommend keeping him because he's helpful
in the 'prove your innocence' quest though not as good as Qara as an arcane 
caster. Sand's opposed school is Conjuration so don't take him if your playing 
style involves lots of summoning. Annoyingly, you are stuck with Shandra for 
quite a while. She's proficient in short sword so give her plate armor and a 
tower shield for decent AC and stick her up front where she won't inflict much 
damage but at least will give enemies an alternative target. On the bright 
side, you do get to ditch Bishop now and you also get an extra party spot so 
you can have five instead of four. Your party will probably be Shandra, 
Khelgar, Sand and either Qara or Casavir for the last spot. 

First stop is a merchant to sell your loot and get some scrolls for Sand to 
learn.Then head over to Axle's and learn that you should become a squire in 
order to be tried by Neverwinter instead of Luskan. The initiation rite is to 
spend a night alone in contemplation in the Solace Glade. While there, Shandra 
turns up and so do some assassins. Dispatch them and ask the knight to wait 
while you loot the leader's corpse. Congratulations, you are now a squire of 
Neverwinter. On the way out of the castle, be sure to stop at the merchant 
Dayne Lynneth for a good choice of items, including the Bracers of Blinding 
Strike, which gives permanent haste. You'll need to head back to the tavern to 
reform your party. When ready, leave for Port Llast.

Speak to Hieronomous in the garrison and also Alaine, picking the lock to her 
door if necessary. She's adamant she saw you killing the Ember villagers. Next 
stop is the Alliance Arms Inn at the other end of town. Speak to the bartender,
then Elgun and question him about the murders. Also speak to the ranger Malin 
to learn that someone was up on the ridge above and may have seen something. 
Return and question Elgun again. His story is starting to fall apart. Also in 
Port Llast, Calindra in the inn wants you to find her partner, Bradbury and Nya
in the town centre will give you a bag of wyrmsage to prevent the corpses in 
Ember being raised as undead. 

That's all you can do here so leave for Duskwood. This area has high magic 
failure so don't expect spells to work. Speak to Lyssa in the grove. She gave 
some magical powder to Lorne to make him look like you when he killed the Ember
villagers and will give you a sample of this powder if you find and return her

Go back and head up on to the ridge that Malin mentioned. On the way, note the
cave entrance blocked by rocks at the first bend. Speak to the insect 
collectors, Jilla and Mirri - but they didn't see the Ember attack. Inside the 
cave you'll find the body of Bradbury at the end. Jilla and Mirri then attack 
you, it turns out they are werewolves. Grab the insect collection from one of 
their corpses.

Next stop is Ember village. Inside the well is an ore verin and the child 
Marcus who you met earlier. There's also a door down there that leads to a 
goblin cave. Their leader wants you to kill spiders who have been attacking the
goblins. Once the spiders are dead, return for your reward which is a ring worn
by an Ember attacker the goblins killed as he passed through their tunnels. Now
you can take the glowstone and kill all the goblins. There is also a large 
spider named Kistrel. If you have Elanee in your party you can speak to it, 
give it the insect collection and it will join your keep later. There's no 
great advantage to this so you could just kill it now. There is another ore 
vein further along, then exit via the south passage. Now return the glowstone 
to Lyssa and go back to Ember to look for more evidence.

There is a quartermaster's logbook on the ground at the western end of the 
village. Guyven is also behind a house nearby so speak to him again. To the 
north, between three houses is a body that Sand says was killed by poison. He 
takes a sample as evidence. Remember to use the bag of wyrmsage on all the 
bodies and you'll get a journal update when done. Then head back to Port Llast,
speak to Haljal Throndor about Elgun, complete the quests for Nya and Calindra 
and speak to Elgun again. He cracks and admits he made the whole thing up. If 
you speak to Sand now, he should say he is certain you have all the evidence 
you need.

Head back to the castle and speak to Nevalle to begin the trial. I won't 
attempt an analysis of all the options, but I was able to successfully use the 
intimidate skill with my fighter (max skill but no bonuses) to win the trial. 
In any case, if you win, Torio claims trial by combat and if you lose, you 
claim trial by combat. Head over to Hlam at the Church of Tyr to start this 
off. You should probably let Khelgar fight on your behalf to improve your 
influence with him. Lorne is quite weak but cannot be killed during his 
berserker's frenzy so you may need to run around avoiding him until it wears 

Afterwards you end up back at the tavern with a message from Aldanon. Khelgar's 
vision quest can now be completed by speaking to Hlam. If you let him change 
classes, Khelgar will become a level 1 monk but retain his experience and can 
be levelled up to your level in the normal way. He's stronger as a fighter 

Outside Aldanon's place are some city guards and two thugs holding Marshal 
Cormick hostage. Try to negotiate a peaceful settlement otherwise Cormick dies.
Once inside, clear out the ground floor and the basement. The butler is being 
interrogated and you get an XP bonus for killing the thugs while keeping him 
alive. At the end, also try to keep Harcourt alive while you kill Old Scab and 
his friends. Aldanon has been kidnapped but another noble, Tavorick, may be in
danger. Don't forget to loot the two chests before you leave.

This is a good time to complete side quests because the loot and experience 
will help in the tough fights to come. Tasha is waiting just outside the 
tavern. Speak to her with Neeshka in the party and you'll get a side quest to 
rob 'The Collector' who lives in the Blacklake district. Once inside, kill the 
guards, grab the empty water bottle and put it in the vase. You'll now have a 
bottle filled with water. Also on the ground floor you'll meet the Collector's 
mistress who helps you. To get into the vault you need three things: the key 
hidden in the fireplace which you can get after dousing the fire with water, 
the Collector's key which can be obtained from him in the usual way or by 
threatening to destroy one of his paintings after you take it from the wall, 
and a code number (513) which is the solution to a puzzle in a book in the 
bookcase. When you open the vault with Neeshka in your party, Leldon will 
appear and attack. Kill him to complete the quest and then loot the vault. Keep
the periapt of wisdom +4 even if there is no cleric in your party, one will be 
joining you soon.

In Academy square near Castle Never is Jenks, who has some imps trapped in 
crates.He will reveal this if you succeed in a diplomacy check. Then speak to 
Kiggo after he wanders away to get the key he swiped from Jenks and open the 
crates. There is no reward for this and it moves your alignment 10 points 
towards chaotic.

In the centre of the Blacklake district is the artist Pepin Pollo who will 
paint Shandra's portrait. Best to do this without Neeshka around to avoid 
losing influence with her.

Dawnbringer Natrisse in the Temple of Lathander wants you to take a parcel to 
Brother Merring in West Harbour. When you deliver it, you can also speak to Mrs 
Starling to complete her quest, now that Lorne is dead.

You can challenge Cain to a banjo contest whch you win by matching his tune. 
Sand, Grobnar and Qara can all provide some help if they are in the party for 
Speak to Axle and he'll ask you to make a deal with an arms merchant named Lord 
Gannish. Go to his estate, speak to him and then examine the goods. Depending 
on your skills you will be able to identify various flaws and negotiate a 
price. In any case, when you make the deal it turns out to be a trap laid by 
the City Guard and you have to kill Gannish and his men. Return to Axle for 

Finally, little Kyli Bryce wants you to find her sister, Lisbet, who has 
wandered into the tombs to meet a boy. Speak to the people inside, dispose of 
the undead and it turns out Lisbet's friends are budding Necromancers who have 
been practicing their skills. Kill them and take the key from one of the 
corpses to open the door nearby. Go through and clean out the whole place. 
You'll encounter more of Lisbet's friends, one of whom has a key that you need 
for the last room. In there are Lisbet along with Arval and other bad guys. 
After you kill them and speak to Lisbet, a bunch of greater shadows jump up and
attack you. When they're dead Lisbet joins the party so you can escort her out 
past those you killed, who will have now also risen again. Loot the last room 
to get Arval's journal then leave and try to keep Lisbet Bryce alive on the way
out. Speak to Kyli to finish the quest and you can also hand the journal in to 
Nasher for more XP.

Back to the main plot, speak to Nasher when ready to continue and he sends you 
to Tavorick's estate to protect him. Once inside, speak to Ballard, Tavorick, 
then Ballard again to advance the plot. Don't barricade anything when you are 
given that option. After the cutscene, go downstairs and kill all the demons 
down there, then back upstairs for the ones attacking Tavorick. Then speak to 
him and he gives you a crypt key and suggests going there. Kill more enemies 
downstairs and head into the crypt, preferably keeping Tavorick alive. You'll 
fight a big demon at the end. Once everything is dead, speak to Tavorick again 
and learn that he gave the shard to Melia who has taken it back to the 
Moonstone Mask. A mysterious warlock is there but escapes with the shard.

Talk to Nasher again and he sends you to clear out Crossroad keep (soon to be 
your keep). After killing the enemies outside, the doors are sealed and you 
need to find another way in. Head back through the fields to the exit and go to
the escape tunnel area. A few beetles in the tunnel and an ore vein in the room
at the bottomcentre as well as another room with some nice loot. Inside the 
keep, rescue Aldanon, get the book on golemcraft from the shelf in his room and
fight your way through to kill the two arcane brothers who are keeping the door
sealed. One of them has a key on his corpse. 

Head down into the basement and meet Black Garius in the last room. You need to 
kill all the arcane brothers and he will disintegrate. They use lots of mind 
spells but are otherwise not too hard. Loot all the corpses and speak to Vale, 
a cutscene follows and Zhjaeve joins your party. If your main character is not
a cleric, you'll certainly want to keep her. Use her silent spell feat to 
provide bull's strength, bear's endurance etc in both the second and third 
spell level slots. She comes with a spear but you'll want to switch to mace and
shield so she lives longer and probably take martial proficiency so she has 
more weapon choices.

Return to Crossroad keep which is now yours. I cannot improve on Paradox Jast's 
stronghold guide (at gamefaqs.com) so refer to that for information about what 
to do with the keep. The key concept is that the keep runs on it's own time, 
independent of the passage of time outside. Keep time passes whenever you move 
between areas, so don't do this unless necessary because once keep time reaches 
100% you cannot improve the keep any more. Use Wolf's minion to skip over the 
courtyard when leaving, instead of passing through it. Always speak to Kana 
each time you enter the interior and exhaust all conversation options. You'll 
also be able to reform your party whenever you leave the fields by the south 
exit so no longer need Duncan's tavern for this.

Once your keep progress is at 25% and Kana says the men are tasked to capacity, 
travel to the Ruins of Arvahn. You need to find the five statues of purity and 
each will give you a special ability that can ve accessed using the drop-down 
menu. The first statue is at the top of the hill after you enter the area. 
Continue right to the orc camp and they'll ask you to remove the Ogre Mage 
Ghellu. Go back and right to reach Riverguard Keep. 

On the first level, some bugbears will agree not to fight you provided you 
bring them the Ghellu's head. Downstairs, a guy named Ribsmasher is behind the 
first door you open. If you let him, he'll run around attacking enemies for 
you. Unfortunately this reduces your XP and he also smashes chests and destroys
the loot so you may prefer to just kill him. Behind the second door is an Ogre 
Captain who has the master's shield. On the third level, there are goblins in 
the side rooms but they will not fight you yet. After that, Ghellu wants you to
kill the orc leader but I just killed Ghellu and his friends instead then went 
back and killed the goblins in the side rooms. The master's sceptre is on 
Ghellu's corpse. The locked door at the end will open if you try a few times. 
You get zapped each time though. The second statue is behind it. It also looks 
like you can do something with the master's sceptre and shield and that 
sarcophagus in the first room but I couldn't figure out what. Once outside, 
there is no reward for helping the bugbears so you may as well kill them 

Return to Uthanck for reward then continue on the Temple of Seasons. In each of 
the four rooms, you need to read the book in the centre then kill any enemies 
that appear. Some will respawn a few times when killed. Finally you reach the 
centre room and the third statue. 

Your next stop is the gem mines in the south-east corner of the area. This area
is a pain in the ass. You need to find six ghosts that are barely visible and 
only show up at all when you kill the undead nearby. Then speak to the ghosts 
which causes them to move - you want to herd them towards the tree in the 
centre. All along the corridors are lights you can switch on and off. The 
ghosts won't move past lit ones so make sure you turn off the ones along the 
path you want the ghosts to take and light the ones behind them so they don't 
turn around and go backwards. I recommend going through and killing all the 
undead first before attempting to do anything with the ghosts. The spirit 
locations are as follows: the room right next to the tree room, the third room 
down on the right side, the room on the right centre surrounded by corridors, 
the mess hall on the left, a dead end near the bottom left and the far bottom 
right behind the iron golem. In the smithy on the top left you can also get a 
rune-inscribed piece of iron that Grobnar needs to reactivate your construct. I
never did find the glowing liquid for this though. Once the six ghosts are at 
their spots by the tree you can access the fourth statue. 

As you leave the gem mines, you see the song portal open so head up there. This 
takes you back to West Harbour where everyone has been slaughtered (by that 
mysterious warlock we met earlier). Over by the south-west field Zhjaeve speaks
to you and suggests investigating the swamp. Go over to the guardian ruins and 
defeat the Shadow Reaver and his minions, grab their loot and use the nearby 
song portal to go back to your keep. Develop your keep some more and then speak
to Aldanon when you get the 'Lord Nasher wants to see you' speech from Kana. 

Aldanon sends you to Ammon Jerro's haven in the Sword Mountains. Visit the 
guardian at the top left to get three quests and an empty bottle. Then work 
your way through, killing and looting everything. When you find a fiery heart, 
put it on one of the braziers. Shadows will attack each time you do this. After
placing three hearts on the three braziers, take the path up the mountain. If 
you take the good path and don't kill the shaman, some spirits appear and you 
have to kill them instead. Finally, fill the bottle at the geyser. You'll take 
damage and may well fall unconscious, just keep the rest of the party away 
while you do it. There's a nest up on a cliff in this area, if you approach it 
says 'Guyven would be interested in this' but when I spoke to him later there 
was no new dialogue option. Before returning to the guardian, strip Shandra of 
all her equipment because she's leaving permanently (Hooray).

Once inside, speak to Mephasm and he'll tell you to convince at least three of 
the five fiends to open their portals for you. The first one you meet is 
Baalbisan and he wants you to slay Hezebel's Erinyes. Move on and speak to 
Hezebel, she'll tell you that you may be able to provoke Baalbisan into 
revealing his true name. It's a taunt check which I failed so I had to kill the
Erinyes. Vaxis is next and refuses to help you. Koraboros is the fourth fiend 
and wants you to find an imp that is missing. The imp is in a room to the east 
and you need to read the correct phrase from a book in the bookcase next to him
to release him from his trance. There are lore and spellcraft options, 
otherwise 'Tilo ut lon' worked for me. If you guess the wrong phrase various 
mind spells are cast on your party - bad if they start attacking one another. 
Once the imp is free, return to Koraboros and he'll agree to help you. The last
fiend is Blooden who wants you to convince Koraboros to send some hellhounds to
fight her succubi. After the fight she will help you. My first time through, I 
think Blooden also gave me the true name of Zaxis and I was able to get his 
support but this didn't happen the second time. 

Head through the portal, fight Ammon Jerro, watch the cutscene, then speak to 
him again. Another cutscene follows and you wind up back in the tavern in your 
keep. Ammon Jerro is now available as a party member. Warlocks are useless but 
he will be needed to advance the plot in some upcoming areas. You are summoned 
to Castle Never as part two ends.

Part Three

You have a ceremonial sword in your hands so equip your normal weapon, defeat 
the enemies and follow Nevalle to the guard room. You need to use an 
underground tunnel to reach the throne room as the castle is locked off. Take 
the first right turn outside the guard room and use the tapestry at the end. 
The shadow priests use death magic so if you don't have immunity, use the 
ceremonial sword, which does. Neverneath is a series of statues who ask 
questions, if you answer correctly you get some XP and a door opens allowing 
you to move on, otherwise a different door opens which leads to the same place 
but you have to fight some creatures first. The answers, in order, are: nine, 
black lake, the tomb of the betrayers, neverwinter river, say nothing 
and three. Then kill the swords of Never and grab the rod from Halueth Never's 
tomb in order to proceed. 

After saving Nasher, he asks you to form alliances to help defend Crossroad 
Keep. The four possible alliances are: ironfist dwarves, lizardfolk, druids of 
the mere and the wendersnaven. You also need to reach the Vale of Merdelain and
strike directly at the King of Shadows but this cannot be done until later. 
Finish up your business at the keep, then leave. You'll want Khelgar, Grobnar 
and Elanee in the party for this bit.

First stop is the Ironfist dwarves. Speak to the boss in the last room - he 
won't have anything to do with you but Khulmar sends you to Mt Galardrym to 
retrieve the belt of Ironfist. He also gives you a fire resistance ring which 
you will need (hint). Visit the smith Revorax as well for some very nice items,
especially for Khelgar.

Next, go to the Circle of the Mere and Bishop joins the party. I don't think 
there's any way to avoid a fight here so, after the cutscene, kill them, take 
the loot and head for Port Llast. 

Fight Light of Heavens near the entrance, then talk to the two crazy gnomes on 
the east side. With Grobnar's help, you'll eventually get a map to the 
Wendersnaven. Go to the strange clearing, there is no Wendersnaven and you get 
attacked by orcs on the way out. Also grab the ore vein just to the west of the

This is a good time to visit the Neverwinter merchant quarter to meet Light of 
Heavens again, get Joy for your keep and check out the two new merchants.

Return to your keep, defeat Light of Heavens for the last time, then speak to 
Khralver Irlingstar outside and go to the meeting with Sydney Natale. Offer 
Jalboun double what Sydney is paying and he'll join you in the fight - try not 
to let him die because he'll come to work at your keep later. Also grab the 
ore nearby. When you return to the keep, you probably want Zhjaeve to keep the 
true name scroll. Only she and Ammon Jerro can use it and Zhjaeve is more 
useful. Reform your party and head to Mt. Galardrym.

Take the left path at the first junction, staying at the bottom of the map and 
grab the ore at the end. Then head up to the top right exit and speak to the 
dragon. It wants your help to kill the fire giants. Return to the mountain and 
go up towards the top left exit. There is another ore vein near the big camp. 
Free the prisoners then get ready for a big fight and take the top left exit. 
Ideally you want fire immunity via the 7th level mage spell for your most 
important characters.

When you get the dialogue option to attack either the giants or the dragon, 
choose to attack both. Take down the fire giant king first, then focus on the 
dragon. Once everything is dead, loot the corpses and chests, free the drow 
merchant from her prison, then head back over to the dragon's hoard and loot 
everything there too. There is a rock on the cliff near the dragon's area 
entrance that you can push over for some XP, though the giants below are 
already dead. If you chose the church for your keep, you can advance the quest 
that you getfrom the priest there by finding a mace in the dragon's hoard. I 
couldn't get the priest to recognize I had completed the quest though. There's 
another ore vein at the back of the dragon's lair as well.

You can now get the support of the dwarves by speaking to their leader. The 
Hammerof Ironfist is a good weapon but you need to wear the belt and gloves as 
well. I preferred to wear just the belt along with bracers of armor and the 
Rifthammer. If you speak to Kana after finding the true name scroll, she'll 
tell you the men have tracked the location of a Shadow Reaver. Speak to Guyven 
as well for some advice. The men have also retrieved the gold from the dragon's
hoard if you killed it. 

That leaves the lizards of Highcliff for the alliance quests. You can do this 
even if you slaughtered every last lizard back in part one. Save Gera and 
Zachan (again) on the way, grab another ore (though you already have enough) 
and then go into the village. Speak to the elder and the the captured 
lizardman. After healing his wounds you can interrogate him for information and
some XP. Then head down to the south of the city and defeat Batha and his 
guards to get the support of the lizardmen.

After building up your keep for a while, the next stop is the Shadow Reaver 
camp. Have Zhjaeve or Ammon read the true name scroll while your other 
characters take out the minor enemies first, then the Shadow Reaver. The last 
shard is on the Reaver's corpse. Return to the keep courtyard and Ammon Jerro 
gives you directions to Nolaloth, an ancient crystal dragon.

Around this time (on the evil path) some of Axle's men enter the keep disguised
as greycloaks, then a bit later Axle asks for a meeting. Go to his place in the
merchant district and speak to the doorman to enter. He asks you to kill Moire 
who has formed a rival gang, but first you have to locate their base. In the 
storage area at the top left of the map some thieves are trying to break into a
house but they get blasted by a trap and run away. One stops near the park 
entrance but the other goes to a locked house nearby. I wasn't able to get in 
here and advance the quest any further.

3.15 In Nolaloth's Valley, kill the enemies until you reach the rocky 
outcropping with a crystal at one end. Nolaloth will appear, tell you how to 
reforge the silver sword, then request that you end his life by destroying the 
crystal heart. Go back, bash the crystal and you have to fight the two black 
dragons you saw earlier. They are much easier than Tholaspyx. Afterwards, 
finish off the crystal to complete the quest. There are two more ore veins in 
this area, one right by the entrance and the other in the north-western corner 
of the central clearing.

We're going to West Harbour to reforge the sword but you can't travel there 
directly. Instead go to the Ruins of Arvahn and use the Song Portal. Once you 
exit in West Harbour and kill some shadows, you can cross the river by 
rebuilding the bridge if your main character has the necessary skill (mine 
didn't and I'm not sure which skill is required). You also need four logs, 
three are in a group to the east of the bridge and the other is over to the 
west. If you can't build a bridge, you'll have to wade through the river and be
affected by the poison. Follow the path to the burned patch, reforge the sword,
defeat the second Shadow Reaver with Zhjaeve reading the scroll as before, then
leave using the exit nearby.

Back at your keep, you are summoned down to the beach where a Shadow Reaver is 
attacking your men. This time Ammon Jerro joins your party so use him to read 
the scroll (he gets a second scroll and Zhjaeve keeps hers). He can also wear 
the Neverwinter Nine tunic you were given earlier. Kill the Reaver and grab the
Tome of Iltkazar from its corpse then return to the keep. You can talk to 
Aldanon again but he doesn't recognize that you have the tome. Finish up 
developing your keep and speak to Sir Nevalle near the main gate when ready.

There's a cutscene showing the battle at Highcliff, afterwards speak to Nevalle 
again. He asks you to speak to your people and prepare to defend the keep. 
Reform your party to include whoever you had to drop when Ammon Jerro joined, 
then speak to Nevalle, say that you're ready and he informs you that Ammon 
Jerro is missing. Enter the keep and Aldanon speaks to you and sends you to 
Shandra's farm. You have to kill Koraboros and two of his minions. After that 
there is a cutscene where Ammon apologizes to Shandra for killing her (sob) and
you get a very nice amulet and other loot. 

Back at the keep, speak to Nevalle again and, after a cutscene, you are sent to 
destroy two bridges to halt the enemy advance. You can only choose two 
companions this time. When offered the choice of fighters or archers, I 
recommend archers because the fighters die too quickly. Just advance through 
the area killing everything. Only the last fight after the second bridge is a 
challenge because you are surrounded. Area of effect spells are very effective 
here. After the fight the bridges are destroyed automatically and you return to
the keep.

Get ready for a big fight with more undead and again you only get two party 
members. The way this works is that siege towers arrive one by one, starting 
with the one near your start location, and undead appear from each siege tower 
until it is destroyed. The towers themselves are highly damage resistant and 
your side is continually bombarding them from a distance, so your main job is 
to stay alive and get rid of the undead. Try not to move along the wall until 
each tower is destroyed, otherwise you risk having enemies appear behind you. 
However, you do need to take out any vampire mages so use spells for this. The 
enemies are numerous and of medium strength so area of effect spells work well.
Zhjaeve and Qara are probably your best choices. The greycloaks, dwarves or 
lizards you start with will die, but reinforcements appear fairly regularly. 

After the last tower is destroyed and all undead dispatched, you are sent to 
the courtyard. Hordes of undead swarm through so just keep killing them. 
Finally, Black Garius appears along with a nightwalker. As usual, you will want
mind immunity or at least remove fear. Ignore Garius and just take out the 
shadow. Once it goes down, there is a cutscene where Ammon Jerro reads the true
name scroll, destroying Garius and the rest of the undead army.

Afterwards, back inside the keep, Aldanon finally notices you have the Tome of 
Iltkazar and tells you how to use it. This is the last chance to shop or 
otherwise prepare. Speak to Aldanon again, you'll need to take Zhjaeve and 
Ammon Jerro plus two others for the final assault on the King of Shadows.

Rest and/or buff straight away in the first room as spiders will appear and 
attack you before you move very far. You'll exit into a large, open area with 
many undead and lootable corpses. I didn't find anything on the corpses that 
was useful at this stage of the game. There is also strange, black fog which 
acts as a teleporter. Move over to the right and enter the fog at the bottom of
he stairs. This teleports you to the upper level over on the left. Unlock the 
left hand door and head through. Go down the stairs and fight some blade golems
then through the door at the western end of the area and through some more 
black fog. This sends you to the top right. There is a nightwalker at the 
bottom of the stairs and another tough fight through the south door with a 
lich, two shadow priests and some vampires. Head around to the left and enter 
the final black fog. Some mummies attack you right away and in the last room 
you have to fight *three* Shadow Reavers. Have Ammon Jerro using the true name
scroll constantly - it's best to control him manually to make sure he doesn't 
revert to blasting them with his puny spells.

Proceed to the inner sanctum and all other party members join you. Rest and 
buff because as soon as you open the door, Black Garius appears along with lots
of undead. There is a cutscene where various of your party members may betray 
you and fight for Garius - Bishop always does and Qara is the other one likely 
to leave. Sand and Neeshka may or may not depending on your influence with 
them. They even get equipment if they don't currently have any. A further 
complication is that force fields appear that separate your party. The ones 
left near the door should ignore the nearby enemies and run immediately around 
the ends of the forcefield to get at Garius in the central area.

Once he dies there is a further chance to rest and regroup. Use the portal and
the King of Shadows steps out. There is a truly evil path here, which is to 
ally with the King of Shadows. He asks you to slay all your comrades as a 
gesture of faith, then raises them as his servants. This ends the game.

Assuming you don't do that, the King of Shadows goes down fairly easily. Then 
the fun starts as lots of little replicas of him start appearing from the 
statues and you have to kill all of those. More will appear as the fight goes 
on. Try to keep your party together on one side of the area so you don't engage
them all at once and your mages have some protection. Finally, the big, bad, 
King of Shadows appears but you can't hurt him until all five statues are 
destroyed by bashing them. I split my party into two groups for this. After the
statues, you also need to destroy the portal using the Silver Sword of Gith. 
The King of Shadows is not too hard to kill after that.

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