If you would like hints instead of a complete walkthrough for King’s Quest 8, you can utilize the UHS hint file if you have a UHS Reader. See the downloadable files section of the Game Goodies page for more information.
I am not good at writing up a walkthrough for an action-oriented adventure game like this one, so I am putting a walkthrough that I found off the internet here instead (thanks to G.K. Ison and Al Giovetti). Because the walkthrough is quite long, I have included a hypertext linked table of contents. Just click on a link to go to the appropriate section. I am going to include maps for all the worlds. These maps will be located at the end of their appropriate sections.
Table Of Contents
General Game Information
- SAVE OFTEN! You have 51 save games and seven major lands. Use only seven save games per land. Deleting them later will get them out of order and mess things up for you.
- Talk to everyone until they reveal nothing new. Many characters have things to say after you complete certain things and returning to them will give you experience and more information. The half-stone wizard (sorcerer) in Daventry is just such a person.
- Kill everything that will not talk to you. Killing anything will increase experience. Even killing the pig, chickens, frogs, and birds increases your experience and game points. The blue experience bar at the bottom of the screen increases each time Connor kills something. When it gets full, you will go up a level, have full health, get more hit points for defense, and your weapons will hit with more killing force. Look in your game manual to identify the various monsters and creatures that roam each realm. The book has hints for you on how to kill them.
- Whenever you get items in your inventory, always examine them using the right mouse button.
- Pick up rocks whenever you see them on the ground. Get used to what the rocks look like. Rocks are essential for tripping many floor plates and some traps to protect Connor.
- You need to click on a weapon on the left side of the interface at the bottom of the screen to initiate combat. There is no hot key equivalent to starting combat. Initially, you will only have a fist, then a knife, and later crossbows. The fist, knife, or other melee weapon is to the right of the armor on the far left. The bows will be shown just to the right of the melee weapon. Clicking on the weapon a second time or pressing the ALT key will put it away. Clicking on another weapon or pressing the DELETE key will trade weapons.
- The CTRL key will allow you to interact with your environment without putting your weapon away. This is a very handy key. Learn to use it.
- There is no way to straife your enemy. The interface has no facility for side stepping, and if there is a deficiency in the game, this is it. There are many times when side stepping a missile or a fireball would have been a better alternative, but you cannot.
- Collect everything that is not nailed down. When characters die be sure to take any gold coins and other items that may have fallen near or under them. Clicking on them in different places will yield the items they dropped.
- Whenever you see mushrooms, click on them to pick them up, they are nice and plentiful healing items. Clicking on the item in inventory will heal your character.
- Study the quick start card to find that four items will heal you: mushrooms (5 points), crystals (50 points), sacred water (100 points), and the elixir of life (full). The slots for these items are in the center of the interface at the bottom of the screen. Toggle this interface on and off with the spacebar. You may find the hotkeys of the number pad useful for activating these while fighting. And then you may not.
- The other four slots at the bottom of the screen are for potions of shield, strength, reveal, and invisibility. These four items have magic timers on them and will not last very long. Also, check the quick start card for information on these items.
- Search all rooms and houses unless told otherwise.
- Click on all boxes and baskets, they may contain nice goodies.
- Break with your sword, fist, or bow every barrel and vase you come across.
- Click on wall plaques, medallions, switches, or anything that looks different.
- Get to know the bad monsters and kill them from a distance while backing up or partially hidden behind a structure. You will save the amount of times you are hurt. You may be able to kill them before they shoot back.
- Use all magic items and potions sparingly. There are points in the game where you will need them to proceed. In almost every realm, there is a healing spring, fountain, or well. If Connor is hurt, return here instead of using your magic items (mushrooms, crystals, sacred water, or elixir of life). It is a little inconvenient, but worth the conservation of essential items.
Kingdom Of Daventry
Connor is in front of Sarah’s house. Enter the house. DO NOT click the kettle near the fire unless your red health bar is low. The broth should not be wasted. Get the mushrooms on the table. On the shelf near the beds, get the square amber potion of shield. If you look under the bed in, you will find a crystal. Exit the house. On the left side of the house, get mushrooms from the ground. Your weapons right now are your fists. Click the fist icon, go to the right side of the house, and punch the goblin. Search it for anything it might have. In a small corner by the house, get the coins. If you lost a lot of red health in the fight, go back into Sarah’s house and drink from the kettle. The mushrooms should be saved for later. Click the raven and watch it fly down the road. You will find that raven later. Turn right and go north to your house on the left. Punch the bull’s-eye target in the field next to your house until your experience rating increases. This target only does it once. In the enclosed side yard, punch the target for another experience increase. Left of the entry, get three mushrooms. Avoid the running goblin for now.
Enter your house and go into the back room. Get the dagger from the table top. If your health is low, there is a kettle of healing brew by the fire. On a bottom shelf in the corner, open the jar to get 35 coins. Exit the house. Choose your dagger and get rid of the nearby goblin. Hit the ALT key to put your dagger away. At the fence post, click the play cursor on the raven. Follow the raven south, past Sarah’s house, and down hill to the west. Stay off the west road and to the right as you go by a mausoleum and then a church on your left. There is a Spriggan hiding with a crossbow in the fenced area between the two structures. Hit the END key and run past this Spriggan and straight toward a half-frozen wizard who says, “Come closer lad.” Get rid of the goblin nearby. TIP: When you have a weapon in your hand, you can hold CTRL to use your regular cursor without putting your weapon away! But you CAN click your potions with the weapon cursor.
Click your regular play cursor on the wizard to talk to him. He eventually gives you a magic map. You can view it anytime by hitting the TAB key. Head back east and stay off the left side of the road as you pass the church and the mausoleum. Near the top of the hill, go due south (right) to the cliff overlooking the Mausoleum roof. SAVE GAME! Hit F2 to see yourself (third person view.) Line up the corner of the cliff and the Mausoleum roof corner (hold down right button and move mouse.) Back up a good bit, and while still lined up with the two corners, make a running jump to the Mausoleum roof (End toggles run/walk and Insert for jumping.) Hold down the up arrow, then hit and hold Insert at the correct time. Once on the roof, let up on the keys. Get out your dagger. TIP: At other times, it may actually be easier to be in first person view (you can’t see Connor) though. Then when there’s an automatic scene, it temporarily switches to third person.
Go to the opening at the far end. When the camera view changes, step forward and you automatically jump down and kill the Spriggan. Take the crossbow. If your experience isn’t at least 5, avoid the zombies coming up out of the ground in the graveyard area. Run around the Mausoleum to the road. Go to the farmhouse north of the Mausoleum and on the right side of the road. The small map icon at the lower right of your screen has a tiny arrow showing direction. In the farmhouse, get mushrooms from the table basket. Next to the bed, get the leather boots. Get some coins from the shelf. Open the chest on the shelf and get an additional 25 coins. Exit the farmhouse. TIP: For possible experience increase, and weird fun, kill some chickens with your crossbow. Every time you kill something, your green experience meter increases. When full, it increases your armor status and you start with zero in the experience meter again. Now you start building experience again and when it’s full, you get another armor status increase. This routine is repeated over and over during the game.
Turn right and go around the farmhouse. Kill and search the monster near the petrified farmer. Behind the farmhouse, kill and search a couple of zombies. Go back around front and cross the road to the farm stand. Get all the mushrooms from the three baskets. If your health is down, eat the fish and fowl hanging in the stand. Go north up the road and to the fountain. If your health is still down, get a drink. Go north west up the road to the tavern on the right. Enter and go behind the counter. Get the leather gloves for another Armor rating increase. On the shelf, get coins from the chest. On the tables, drink from the mugs to see Connor get dizzy. Go up to the balcony and get healing crystals from the large chest. Go down and exit the tavern. Find two barrels, on the side of the tavern, and use any weapon to bust them. Get the potions. From the front of the tavern, get out your bow and slowly go west toward the bridge. When you see the TOUGH Spriggan, fast click shooting should kill it. Cross the bridge and go to the intersection. Turn left (south) and take a few steps. Look up (Page Up) to see the windmill on the left. Get ready with your crossbow and SAVE.
When you arrive, start shooting the hopping Spriggan near the door (switch to dagger for second one if necessary; you can even back up while fighting and eat mushrooms to restore health.) Another crossbow Spriggan is inside. You can shoot it out or rush forward with your dagger. Once safely inside, look up to see an axe stuck in the roof beam. Push the hay bale under the axe, jump onto the bale and get the axe. Arm yourself with the axe and make sure your health is 100 percent. Exit the windmill and get confronted by a Henchman. Drink the square amber shield potion and kill the Henchman. Pick up everything he drops. Go back north and east over the bridge. Go due south past the fountain and take the first right (west) to the mill. To the right of the door, get the mushrooms near the evergreen tree. Enter the mill and Connor says “I could use that rope and hook.” Exit the mill and walk around the left side to a tall tree and chop it down. The water stops and the wheel quits turning. Reenter the mill. Jump onto the milling area. Get squarely in front of the balcony opening and jump onto the balcony. If it’s too difficult, maybe you could back flip onto the balcony. Facing the opening, turn around and step forward a couple of steps if you can. Hold the back (down) arrow and immediately hit Insert. Once you’re on the balcony, get the rope and hook.
Exit the mill, head due north and west back across the bridge. Go to the intersection, then north to Kavanagh’s house. Enter and click on the hobby horse and the drawings on the table. Take the mushrooms from the shelf basket, then exit the house. Go around the left side to the outhouse. Get out your axe, open the door and kill the surprised occupant. Continue northeast to the fence and jump over. Go north along the river bank toward the falls and click on the falling water. You notice something behind the water. Approach the wall on the west (left) and you should see a large yellow rope/hook arrow appear at the lower right of your screen. Click your rope and hook in inventory, and click that on the wall. Hold forward (up arrow) to climb to the top. Push the stone blocks off the table, shutting off part of the water. Maneuver to get the yellow down arrow and use your rope and hook on the wall. Climb down and enter the revealed tunnel. Choose Yes to enter the new region to Castle Daventry. Follow the zigzag tunnel and click on the candle to open a secret door.
Enter the castle dining hall. Click the portrait of King Graham. With no weapon in hand, walk against the portrait to push it. Take the brass key from the secret niche. Walk through the door to the left and pick up some ashes from beneath the burned out wall torch. Continue on into the throne room. Look at (click game cursor on) the two statues. Click the mirror while it swirls to see an evil being that taunts you. Return to the dining hall and exit through the tunnel. Wade to the east shore of the river and go north up the road to the Daventry sign. Turn right and go east. Five zombies rise out of the path, kill them and take all the things they drop. Slowly continue east till you see a Spriggan guarding a mausoleum. Kill him with your bow. The spirit of Sir James of Daventry is released. He says to “Find the door of divine origin; the urn will reveal the way.” Use your axe to bust the door and enter the tomb. Put away the axe, and walk against the sarcophagus lid to push it aside. Take the hero ring and exit the tomb. Cross the bridge over the moat but don’t enter the keep ruins.
Two Spriggans wait inside to either side of the passage. Make sure your health is high and your healing potions are handy (press Space bar to see inventory.) Get out your axe, enter castle keep and defeat the two Spriggans. Pick up any potions and coins. Keep your axe out, climb the nearby ramp, and kill a Spriggan at the top just around to the left. One more Spriggan is on this level. Climb the ramp to the lookout post and kill the TOUGH guard. Talk what he drops, including the leather breastplate. Go down both ramps to the bottom. There is a small room on each side of the entrance. In one is a single chain, and in the other are two chains. Pull those three chains once each. This should disarm a couple of nearby traps. Enter the back hallway and follow it to the first corner. See that wall slot? It is a trap that should be off. Continue toward the locked doors. If you did not turn off the traps, you will know when you step into the patch of sunlight. Use key (from Graham’s picture) to unlock the door and enter. This is a Teleporter room. DO NOT use it right now!
Exit the room and run down the hall to the right, hugging the right hand wall as you run. An arrow trap is firing away. If you hurry, you can safely walk around the corner before getting it in the backside. Exit the castle keep and go due east through a narrow pass in the hills. You will find a big beast with its forelegs in a foul pond. Do not step in the toxic water. Talk to the beast, which is actually a unicorn. Click on the unicorn-beast repeatedly until she has nothing new to say. Go around the beast and head south to the Alchemist’s house that has the boarded up front door. Bust the boards with your axe, then put it away. Enter and get the scroll for a Permanent Spell of Might. In inventory, right click the scroll to see the ingredients needed: a piece of giant golden mushroom, a blue adamant, and the tongue of a basilisk; combine these under a blast of lightning, or something similar! Turn right to the shelf by the stove. Get the Elixir of Life and the Potion of Shield. Go back to the church down in the extreme south central part of the map.
Approach the front door and your rope/hook arrow should appear. Use your rope and hook on the wall and climb to the roof. Approach the hole in the roof on the correct side and use your rope and hook to climb down inside the church. Take the burning candle from the side table in the entryway (sacred flame). Approach the large urn in the back near the lectern. Push the urn, and through the window you see the mausoleum door open. Return to the entryway and click some coins once on the offering box to gain some points. Use your rope and hook to climb to the roof. Go to the opening in the wall and climb down to the ground. Go around the church and hurry through the graveyard and into the open mausoleum. You can take your time and gain experience by killing some zombies.
Step into the swirling light for a non-interactive sequence with a Shadow Bane guarding the entrance to the Dimension of Death. Exit the mausoleum and the raven summons you again. Hurry through the graveyard and go to the wizard by the lake. Talk to him and give him the candle from the church, the ring from Sir James’ sarcophagus, and torch ashes. You will get a magical Ring of Illumination. There is another item you need to more easily survive the Dimension of Death.
Go into the lake behind the wizard and swim due west to the tall island in the middle of the lake. Look up to see a structure on top of the rock. Walk around the island to the odd structure. Approach the wall directly behind the structure until your climb arrow appears. Use your rope and hook on the wall to climb. Open the door and enter the house. Under the desk to the left, take the Potion of Invisibility. At the ink bottle by the spell book, click the magical quill to inscribe the Jupiter symbol on the parchment. Take the parchment. Go to the spinning globe, by the door, and use the parchment on the globe. Take a Potion of Reveal from inside. Turn to the writing stand and drink the red Potion of Reveal to see a chest near the writing stand. Open the chest and get a large silver bell. Exit the house and climb back down the cliff. Step over to the odd structure that is actually a bell stand. Use your bell on the stand. Use your axe to strike the bell three times. Click on the Lady of the Lake to get the Sword of the Lake. Now you are ready for the Dimension of Death. Swim back across the lake and return to the mausoleum by the church. Step into the swirling vortex, and your magical Ring of Illumination will dispel the Shadow Bane.
Dimension Of Death
You start out in the extreme south and east part of the map. Turn around and examine the five Egyptian symbols above the portal vortex. Draw them on a piece of paper just as they appear. You will need them later. Turn back around and save if you want (a good idea starting a new realm.) Get out your sword. Ahead in the dark is an archer skeleton on each side. Step forward into the dark. You automatically encounter the skeletons. Rush forward and turn to each skeleton to kill it. Pick up potions, crystals, coins, etc. If you accidentally pick up a broadsword, it is weaker than yours. Click it on your Sword of the Lake to get it back. Notice the two pedestals with flames on each side of the main walkway.
Facing the big metal doors, go left around the building. Just west of the building is a pedestal with a spinning object over it. Click the game arrow cursor on the pedestal to read it. Then take the spinning object — Lever of Life. You may have noticed some enormous doors in this area. In front of these doors and on each side of the main blue path, there are a total four narrow pedestals with flames and slots in them. Go to one of these pedestals, insert the Lever of Life into the slot, and walk against it to push and rotate the pedestal and extinguish the flame. Remember to put your weapons away before pushing. Repeat this process for the remaining three pedestals. As the fourth pedestal is turned off, lasers will throw a fireball against the doors, causing them to open. Before you enter, make sure you wrote down the five Egyptian symbols that were located over the portal door or on the Lever of Life itself. Enter the building to a floating tile puzzle. In third person view, turn right and jump 3 times to the far end of the platform. Turn left and you should see the first symbol, like a strange pitchfork. Simply step forward to jump onto the tile. Turn around and step onto the tile with a half circle and small full circle inside of it. Turn right and step onto the tile with a circle and dot. Turn right and step onto the tile with two back to back half circles and a line between them. Talk with Lord Azriel. You end up back at the front of the entry hall.
Head back north west past Azriel’s altar where you got the spinning object. In the northwest corner, break one of the boxes to get to the fallen warrior. Click on the warrior to get a piece of his iron shield. Some of the boxes have mushrooms, etc. Other boxes have skeleton guards to kill for experience increase. Stay out of the red blood pools or risk death! Explore the rest of the entry hall. There are some skeleton guards with useful items on the east side. In the southeast and southwest corners, read the flame pedestals for an experience increase. Go to the gate at the hall’s north end between two pyramids. Two skeletons are on the other side. Try to get them with your crossbow. You have probably learned by now that you never run out of bolts. Use Azriel’s key on the gate. TIP: Anytime you see boxes and urns, smash them for useful items. If the urns are on a platform, shoot them with your bow, then jump up on the platform. A third skeleton shoots from the distance. Kill it too. DO NOT go east right now. Instead, go west and look for a switch on the south (left) wall before the corner. Make sure the switch is down. This disarms eight arrow spitting skull traps just around the corner. Stay against the left wall as you go around the corner and head south.
Shoot the urns on the platform, jump up and get all the items. Flip down the switch while you are on the platform. This disarms fire traps directly south at the end of the hall. Go south to the wall and turn west. Continue against the left wall to another obstruction as you go west. Get over or around it and continue along the left wall to the far southwest corner where there are zombies, and you should hear a crying child. For now, kill the zombies. Turn north and continue along the left wall. You enter a large open area. Pick up any rocks you might see (you eventually need 4.) There is a large metal crate in each corner and a water fountain in the very center. There are four shrine structures surrounding the fountain. Drink from the fountain if your health is down. Read all inscriptions you come across. Push each of the four metal crates in this fountain room until a metal plate pops up from beneath each one and torches light on nearby pedestals. Remember to pick up the rock near the northwest metal crate. Go to the fountain and click on the Sylph to talk to her. Click on her until she mentions rust and mold for a protection spell.
Go south to the passage just left of the tower (look up to see the tower). Just inside the passage, there is a room full of boxes to either side. Enter the left room, kill two skeleton guards, and take any items they drop. Smash the boxes for some items. Read the pedestal about a key to Creation. Exit the room and go to the next room blocked by a metal crate. There are several ways of getting into the room. Make a running jump over the crate, do a back step and flip over, or climb the outside wall of the tower and climb down into the room. Once there, break all the boxes for items. Talk and listen to the crying child, then go push the metal crate so she can escape. Exit the room, go north toward the fountain and go west to the wall. Stay against the west wall and go north and kill three skeleton archers. Continue north to the Black River of Death (DO NOT step in the water!) and SAVE GAME! Dip your piece of iron shield in the water. Enter the south end of the boat house and talk to the boatman. Keep clicking him until he tells you about “Judging the skulls on the left . . . Down Creation plus Completion equals All Things.”
Turn around and exit the boat house. Turn slightly left and carefully enter the open area with a pedestal and a Weeper. Take it out with your crossbow from distant shots (weepers draw life out of you). Read the pedestal about “Seven holds the key….” Exit the room, get out your sword and continue east along the riverbank. Kill all rising zombies and any other monsters. You come to a wall blocking your eastward route along the river. Turn south and stay against the left wall. Three skeletons are just around the south corner. Keep against the left wall and pass a spiked gate. Continue east and take the second left into a room with many urns. Shoot them all from a distance, and then collect all the goodies. Exit south to the wall and turn east. Go east to the wall and turn south. Go south to the second left and pick up a rock. At the east wall, go north to wall and turn right to a wall switch and pull it down. This turns off fireball traps on the other side and just north. From the short corner, go south to the wall then east to the wall. Turn south and take the next right and go west through a narrow passage. Follow it upward and around to a tower with glyphs of Lord Azriel. You are at the East Tower also known as the Skeleton Tower. Walk to the tower until the climb arrow appears. Make sure your health is up, change view if necessary to see Connor (hit F2), and make sure you are in run mode. Now SAVE GAME!
You cannot kill the Commander Skeleton on top of this tower. You have to force him over the edge. Climb the wall, and then if you have a square amber shield potion, drink it. Wait until the skeleton comes near, and then run around him. When he is near the edge, it is easier to force him to fall to his death. After the skeleton falls, climb down and take the Chain Mail outfit. Now your experience might be around 12 or 13, depending on how much fighting you have done. Go back down the winding path. At the bottom, turn right and head south. Five skeletons guard the hallway and a key box. From a distance, kill them with your crossbow if possible, then finish up with your sword if necessary. Pick up any useful items and get a square key from the box. Go west to wall, south to wall, west to wall, south to wall, west to wall, and slightly south to a blue locked door in the south central area of the map. This is the Skeleton Arena. Use your square key on the door and automatically enter to see 6 skeletons fighting and wagering. Carefully back out to the narrow doorway and rapid fire your crossbow. You should be able to get all the skeletons. Finish with your sword if necessary.
Pick up any valuables and particularly the circular gold key. Exit, turn right and go due north up the corridor with a patch of burning stuff. Approach the wounded man in the corner and talk with him. He tells about a Hammer necessary to cross the River of Death. Continue left around the corner and get the rock nearby. Beware a Weeper around the next corner and shoot it from a distance. Continue north and east from the Weeper and down a passage with fallen columns. Kill a skeleton and pick up the potion. There are 2 archer skeletons farther north in the dark. Ease forward and shoot them from a distance. Continue north and follow the passage around the Central Tower. At the top, make sure you can see Connor, then quickly SAVE GAME!
There is a pressure plate on each of the four corners of the tower and you have to depress them with something heavy. Around the tower, zombies rise out of the ground. Now you can depress each of the four pressure plates with a rock, but you probably do not have all four rocks yet. However, if you are clever enough, lure one of the zombies to step onto a pressure and slay him there. The zombie’s body is heavy enough to depress the pressure plate. Do the same for the remaining three plates, and you can save your much-needed rocks for a later realm. When all four pressure plates are depressed, four VERY important hall portal gates are activated near at the Sylph fountain. There is another rock nearby. Walk around the tower until the climb arrow appears. Climb to the top and read the pedestal. Walk west over the crossway. At the far side, get a rock just north of the ramp. Cross back to the tower and climb down. Go back down the winding path and continue around the south area and work your way over to the large west central area to the fountain. The four shrine structures around the fountain now glow with swirling portals to the Halls of Light hidden in the four corners.
Approach the northwest portal inscribed with “Hall of Respite.” Look up and right click on the plaque over the portal to make sure you are at the correct hall. Get out your crossbow and step through the swirling portal. Step forward, turn left, and shoot the skeleton archers. Jump onto the lower block, then the taller block. Make sure you see Connor, press F2 if necessary. SAVE GAME! Be sure you are in walk mode and carefully walk to the far edge of the tall block (next to the small block). Put away your weapon and switch to run mode. Make a running jump across the river. Avoid the deadly river and stand in front of the statue. Get the shield potion from the statue. Look at the skull collection in the left cabinet. On the bottom shelf, take the seventh skull from the left. Turn right and go to the column with a crack in it. Push the column into the river. In third person view, use the fallen column and make a running jump across the river. Exit the hall through the portal.
Approach the northeast portal, inscribed with Hall of War. Make sure your red health meter is high. Get out your crossbow and SAVE GAME! Step through the portal, turn right, and shoot the archer. Go around the pedestal and shoot the archer on this side. Get his coins. Cross the bridge by carefully walking on the right side railing to the gap. Jump across and carefully continue to the other side. Get the potion of strength from the anvil. See if the skeleton dropped anything. Put your skull (from the Hall of Respite) on the headless statue. Pick up the Feather of Truth and save again if you want. Go back across the bridge railing and exit through the portal. NOTE: You might need the game patch right here if after taking the feather, you cannot exit the Hall of War and/or the computer starts crashing. See the Technical Game Problems section.
Go through the southwest portal marked with Hall of Immortality. Look at the huge heart, pick up the red potion of reveal, and exit through the portal. Finally, go through the southeast portal to enter the Hall of Justice. Take the green potion of invisibility above the pedestal fire. Put your feather of truth on the scale. Step forward to jump on other scale side. The heart is healed, and Lord Azriel appears. Step forward to jump off the scale, and forward again to exit the portal. All the blood pools are now dried up.
From the fountain area, go west to the wall and stay against the left side as you go north to the boat house. Continue east along the river to the wall, turn south and bear left around the north central structure, east past the gate and take next left. Go north to riverbank and turn east. Watch out for skeletons, especially high up on the walls. Continue east to wall and turn south. Go south and take the next right to a narrow passage and go through it. As Connor turns the first corner in the narrow passage, he says “Phew! What’s that moldy smell?” Continue to the drained blood pool, get all the mushrooms AND the lump of green mold! Return to the fountain. Give Sylph the rusty shield piece. Give her the green mold. You get a spell that increases your armor rating.
From the fountain, go west to the wall, north to the wall turn east and ready your crossbow. Slightly to the right, go down a narrow passage past a broken column. Watch out for a weeper and get it before it gets you. At the double doors in this narrow passage, use your circular gold key (from the skeleton training area to the extreme south central area.) Through the doors, ready your crossbow. There is a skeleton in each of the six boxes and two more stand in the open. Kill all skeletons and pick up all the useful items. There are large doors west and a barred gate east. There are lots of switches on the walls. They open gates and cells in the jail area. This is the Switch Room. Carefully do the following instructions below. Keep the map open on your screen to see the changes to the cell gates.
- Flip down all four switches on the east wall. You now have access to four blocks of cells, each block has four cells for a total of sixteen. Go east through the open gates, shooting from a distance and killing everything in each of the 8 cells to the left and to the right. Just remember to keep your distance. With all 16 cells taken care of, return west to the switch room.
- The four west wall switches direct power to each of the four blocks of cells. You can only pull down one switch at a time. The first switch should already be down, so go to the south wall.
- The four south wall switches open each of the four individual cells in a particular block. Pull all four down. Return to west wall.
- Pull second west wall switch down. Return to south wall.
- Pull all four south wall switches down. Return to west wall.
- Pull down the third west wall switch. Return to south wall.
- Pull all four south wall switches down. Return to west wall.
- Pull down the fourth west wall switch. Return to south wall.
- Pull down all four south wall switches.
Now all sixteen cells should be open. Get everything from each cell. In the last cell on the east end and on the left (north) side, pull the lever to open the main northern exit. For now though, return west to the switch room. Ready your crossbow. Face the west double doors and drink a red potion of reveal. The doors are an illusion. Get close enough to see the huge Egyptian Skeleton and fire away to kill it before going through the fake door. Watch the wandering spirits and notice their patrolling pattern. Put away your weapon, approach the platform steps and SAVE GAME!
Do a careful walking jump onto the front edge of the main platform, but not into the spirit’s path. Switch to run mode. Time your run and jump past the spirits onto the center platform. Your health will be depleted. Drink only sacred water to heal! Third from left in inventory. Now take the hammer and the spirits leave. Go back through the illusion door to the switch room. Exit the switch room to the north and turn right. Take the first left and follow the path around this Northwest 2-Story Tower. You have to climb twice to reach the top. Get four healing crystals and a red potion of reveal. You need the reveal potion much later in the Frozen Region, so do not use it until then.
Climb down twice, go down the incline and return to the large open fountain area. Get against the east wall, go south and take the first left (east). Turn south again, and take the first left. Turn north and take the next right. Turn south and pick up another rock. Since you are just south of the central tower, go up around it and pick up the rocks you may left there if you used rocks to depress the pressure plates. Return to the north central structure. This room contains the Commander Skeleton and his army of skeleton soldiers. Make sure you are in full health and your hammer is ready. SAVE GAME! As you go through the gate, a main skeleton talks on and on about how you need to die, and then sends his skeletons after you. You can either go for all the skeletons first, kill them off, and then head for the Commander Skeleton, or go for the Commander Skeleton first. Try going for the normal skeletons. Back away and make the skeletons come after you, and shoot to kill. Then switch to your sword and drink a shield potion if you have it. Rush forward and kill the main skeleton. Pick up all useful items AND the double-edged sword.
If you are having trouble killing these skeletons and keep on dying, you can try doing what I (Kimmie) do at this point. Make sure your health is up and the hammer is out. Then aim for the Commander Skeleton. Lunge. Hit. Lunge. Hit. Until he dies. Knowing the keyboard shortcut keys to the health items here can be extremely helpful! The moment he dies, run like crazy out of the room. Do running jumps to get out into the corridors faster. Run as far down the corridors as needed for the other skeletons to quit chasing you. Now SAVE GAME. Drink from the fountain to restore to full health, and go back to kill off the remaining skeletons. Once all the skeletons are killed and all the goodies are picked up, go left of the steps and look across the river at a lever device on the left side. Throw your hammer to trip the lever and lower a bridge. Cross the bridge and go through the portal to the swamp.
SAVE GAME! Be cautious of Swamp Bubbles-they’re deadly underwater creatures. When you see hear or see them, throw your hammer at them till you see a dying tentacle. The Swamp Slimes are light brown four legged super water spiders. Swamp Fiends are big goonie creatures carrying big sticks. Avoid toxic green patches of water. From where you arrive, go west and very slightly right as you approach land. Find a big trunked tree against the hill. The tree is the Oracle of the Tree. Talk to it and give it gold when it asks. Keep giving it gold (10 times I think) till it has no more to say. You get several boosts for your green experience. From the Oracle, go southwest and through a narrow area to a couple of swamp shacks. Enter the left shack. In the left corner, open the trunk and take the gold. In the other corner on the shelf, take the metal gloves.
Exit and go to the other boarded up shack. Smash the entrance and go inside. Open a chest for some gold. Smash the inner door, enter and get the white Hearing Horn. Get gold from another chest. Exit the shack and go northeast back to the Oracle tree, then go southeast towards the Whispering Weeds (looks like people standing around.) Take one step at a time till you get close enough to hear loud whispering. Get too close and they go under water. Use your Hearing Horn on them to hear about a Mask piece. Go north and northeast to a cove with giant mushrooms. Get all small mushrooms you can. In the back of the cove, get a piece of the Golden Mushroom with your sword. It’s an ingredient for the Permanent Spell of Might.
Exit the cove, go north then northeast to a grove of dangerous Mandragor Trees. Each one has two protective upright roots. Go around the left side to the back of the cove. You’ll see a corpse hanging from a root. You have to get that crossbow. SAVE GAME! Rush in and take it and get away before suffering too much damage. To fight a Mandragor, use your sword to cut one of its roots, rush in and slice up the tree. Exit the grove of trees and stay to your right against the hill avoiding toxic water. As you go northwest along the hill, you’ll eventually notice a scaffold building surrounded by toxic water. In the building, there is a teleporter. Forget it right now and stay to the right as you round the cliff in a northerly direction. Make sure you are armed with the sword.
You will start to see snake-like plants sticking up. Get too close, and they will strike. Stay close to the cliff, and cut the ones too close for you to safely pass. To do this, squarely face one from a distance, take a step and slash, take another step and slash. Do this slash and step until you safely cut the plant off. Continue to a far northwest cove where you see sparkling patches of floating light. Get close and talk to the Swamp Wisps. They ask for a secret in return for cure of poisonous water. Click them again and Connor tells about the secret from the Whispering Weeds. Click the Wisps yet again to see a magic flower and learn of a Golden Ladle to cleanse the waters. Take the flower and Connor eats it. Now you’re protected from poisonous waters.
Go all the way back toward the whispering weeds in the extreme southeast, then go to the extreme south of the map to the Swamp Witch’s Tower, ready your sword and make sure your health is high. SAVE GAME! Go around to the south side where the Witch awaits. Use a square potion of Shield, horn potion of Strength, then rush in and kill the Witch. Approach the blocked door and look through to see hanging sandbags. Use your crossbow on them and the door will open. Go inside and enter the left room. Get any rocks you see. Go into the right room with a dead Goblin on a table. Get the Unicorn horn from its chest. Click the cauldron and watch a movie of Henchmen being made. Click the book on the pedestal. Click on the cauldron again. Go to the foot of the upward ramp and stop. Click the holes on the right-hand wall. Click on the bloodstains on the ramp. As you slowly climb, click your sword on each hole to trip arrow traps. Check out the second floor and break things to find a large assortment of useful items. Go outside to the balcony and pick up all health items. At the edge of the spike trap at the bottom of the ramp, throw a rock onto the trap to spring it. Go up the ramp to the third floor. Go up the East ramp and get a full suit of Chain Mail. Go up the west ramp, ready your sword and SAVE GAME! Open the chest and get the second piece of the Mask.
Another Henchman appears. Rush forward and kill him. You automatically cut off his hand. Pick it up and go back down the ramps and exit the tower. Cross the swamp to the northwest till you reach the tall scaffolding structure in the west-central area of the map. Climb the wall side, then climb again to reach the top. Cross the bridge to the gate. Click on the hand print and realize your hand is too small. Use the Henchman’s hand on the print. Connor walks forward to some stone columns and stumps.
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SAVE GAME, and every time you make a correct jump! Where you arrived, follow the X’s: ne2, n1, w1, nw1,sw1,w1,nw1, ne3. Safely across, you automatically enter the Swamp Witch’s secret vault. Two Swamp Fiends attack, one from each side. Kill them, and get a Golden Ladle from the chest. Pull the 2 chain handles to open a switch box by the door. Pull the switch in the box. This opens the gate and disarms the grid’s charges. Go straight across to the other side. You automatically walk out onto the bridge. Climb down the building and return to the Witch’s Tower in the extreme southeast of the map. At the cauldron on the first floor, use the Golden Ladle to purify the swamp’s water. Connor talks to Mudge, snail King of the swamp. He creates a whirlpool. DO NOT GO NEAR IT, yet! Go to the Teleport Tower in the northwest area of your map (the gold star) and careful of any carnivorous plants there.
Climb the tower and stand on the swirling circle. At the lower left of your map, scroll to The Kingdom of Daventry. Then click the lower right teleport icon to go there. Just east of where you arrive, go east to the Unicorn-beast, at the foul pool, and give it the unicorn horn. You get a small dark crystal pyramid in return. Go to the brown Kavanagh house in the extreme west northern area of the map. Inside, talk to Gwennie and get the gold she offers. Then talk to her again. Go back to the teleporter in Castle Keep and teleport back to the Swamp. Climb down the teleporter tower, return to the Witch’s Tower in the extreme SE and step into the whirlpool in back to teleport to the Underground Realm of the Gnomes.
Underground Realm Of The Gnomes
SAVE! Rock Demons rise out of the floors, Bat Mantas drop from the ceilings, and Zombies roam the halls. You arrive in an entry hall. Look for a rock and health items. Pick mushrooms and break barrels. Get ready to use your hand weapon. Throw a rock onto the pressure plate to open the main door. Watch out for a Bat Manta on the other side. Enter and kill the bat. From the main door, go due east and kill a rock demon around the first corner. Bust barrels, get health items and any rocks. Hear that digging? At the dead end, speak to the Gnome and pick up a rock. Exit and go back past the main door heading due west. Take the first left (south) and go down a slope (kill a bat) that angles back east under the entry hall. Continue zigzagging east to a dead end and talk to another Gnome. Go through a door to your right going south. Buy the best armor you can afford; yellow bronze breastplate 350, or a lesser plate mail for 250. To purchase, put on the item and give coins to the merchant. Exit the armor shop and go left. Go north at the first right.
Continue on to a ramp but don’t go up yet. Kill a hopping Spriggan and get its gold. Get the rock. Go clockwise around the open shaft under the ramp. Go under the ramp to find lots of useful things. Go back around the shaft and continue up the ramp. At the top, go west and bust a Rock Demon and 2 Bats. Continue west along the twisting corridor and kill two more Spriggans. Take their gold and potions. Enter the first corridor right. Go down the stairs and head east. Alert! When you turn north at the end, kill a bunch of Zombies. Cross the bridge, continue north and talk to the Old Man. You learn about a Light of Life. Use your weapon to cut off and get a piece from next to the old man. Pick up an Elixir of Life from the floor nearby. Go back across the bridge.
At the steps, you have to jump up the higher ones. At the top go right and keep right when you have the choice of direction. Kill a Stone Beast and 3 Zombies. You arrive at an open pit. SAVE GAME! Run/jump over the pit, then SAVE again! Go along the corridor to a room guarded by a Rock Beast and some Bats; kill them. There’s Amber-Glow on the wall. Use your sword to get some. Go back to the pit and SAVE before you run/jump back across. Then take the first corridor going north to a teleporter but DON’T use it just yet. Go back to the main door area (work your way south, then west, down twisting stairs then due west and up the ramp) where you arrived in the extreme south central area.
At the top of the ramp, go west continuing past the opening with pressure plates to your right. Continue west and kill a Rock Beast outside a door. Enter the weapon shop in this extreme SW area. From left to right; heavy crossbow 300, small bow 200, war hammer 400. Buy the best, most costly, leaving yourself at least 250-275. If you can get the heavy bow and the hammer, without going below 250-275, you’ll be a mighty foe.
Exit the shop and arm yourself. Zig zag east along the corridor. Take the first left and kill Bats. Three pressure plates control the turning bridge. Throw a rock on the left plate to rotate the bridge. Throw a rock onto each of the other 2 plates to lower the ramps, then cross the bridge. Follow the corridor and take the first left leading down, around and under, kill a Rock Beast and a Bat. There are many items for sale here, but you SHOULD already have plenty of crystals and potions. Just in case though, the prices are: shield potion 75, invisibility 100, strength 50, mushrooms-3 gold each, crystals 20. Click the statue on the right to learn it’s the Essence of Sun Tsu, a strength enhancer. REMEMBER, you need at least 250 gold later.
Exit the shop and go up the ramp. Turn left and go to the padlocked door. Use a hand weapon to break the lock, then take it. Ready your weapon, open the doors and kill a Spriggan. Take the gold and continue north. Take the first left, kill 2 bats and continue west. Hear the rumbling? SAVE! One at a time, time you run through the boulders. Beware of a Rock Beast at the end of the corridor. Go through the door at the end. Approach and talk to the Gnome Sage to learn his machine needs a new lodestone. Exit and go back through the boulders. Go out to the north south corridor and go north. At the next intersection, beware 5 or 6 Bats. Then go west and down a ramp to kill a Stone Beast and get a potion. Continue the corridor and kill another Stone Beast. Take the first right to a big empty room. Look up to see a cliff wall. Maneuver to see the yellow climb arrow appear and use your grappling hook to climb. At the next intersection, go left to kill several bats and continue to another room. Cut off a piece of tree root, pick it up and exit the room. Go back to the intersection and turn right.
Slowly approach the edge, use your grappling hook and climb back down. Continue south and go east. Go up a winding ramp and go east to the central area and a brick wall blocking an opening. Continue east up slope, if you have at least 2 shield potions, use one then kill 2 Rock Beasts. Go south to another wall and climb up. Follow the passage to a room with a large boulder and a hole in the floor. Push the boulder through the hole, then jump down after it. Push the boulder around a circular corridor. When you reach the down ramp, you automatically push it down. The boulder breaks through the brick wall. Go through the busted wall and enter a new area, but not too far!
Use your crystal piece (from old man at fire) on the purple wall receptacle to light all lamps in this area. Ready your hand weapon and SAVE! Continue down the corridor to the Dragon Wyrm’s Lair. Use a Shield AND Strength potion. Rush forward and kill the Dragon Wyrm. Get the Black Diamond Heart and someone briefly appears. Enter the next room. Click the purple diamond switch on the right side to watch a message. Hector tells Connor about the mask being betrayed. When the bright crystal pyramid is offered, take it from the top of the pedestal. Put the dark purple pyramid (from the unicorn in Daventry) on top of the pedestal. Click the diamond switch again for another message.
Retrieve the dark crystal, then take the lodestone from the pedestal. Go back to the Gnome Sage in the extreme west central area of the map. Give the lodestone to the Sage. Open you map and scroll it to see the Barren Region is blank thus far. To return to the Apothecary (red cross on the Underground map), pass the rolling boulders, to the wall, turn south and go to the first right. Go down, around and under. Give the Amberglow, Tree root, and Iron lock. If you have at least 250 gold, click your coin icon on the Sun Tsu statue to get an increase in you armor rating. Put any change back into inventory.
Exit and go up, around and south across the bridge. Return to the teleporter room (the star in east central area.) Go to the south central area of the map, go down, around and under. Zig zag east, take first north (left), go up and around the open shaft. Go on north to the teleporter (star) on the map. SAVE! Step onto the teleporter, open your map to the Barren Region and teleport.
Quickly back up to the cliff and ready your crossbow. Start picking off the fire ants with rapid shooting until their numbers are considerably reduced. Then carefully go west, picking mushrooms along the way. Watch out for Pyro Demons rising in the lava river to the north. Continue west and cross the bridge. Follow the path north to a couple of huts and enter the east one. This is a weapon shop. The super battle axe costs 500. Buy it if you have enough. The long range weapons here are not any better than the one from the Gnome Weapon Shop if you already have it. You learn of a Basilisk and a weapon that can be made to kill it. You should already have a black diamond heart. Now you need a good metal shaft. Exit and go to the west hut. Talk to the shaman woman. You should already have enough healing potions and crystals. Exit and go around behind the hut. Go up a path due west between two pillars. Climb into the fortress and cross the footbridge. The guards ignore you. Talk to the creature blowing the really big horn. You learn of the disappearance of the Stone of Order. Enter the shop next door and talk to the blacksmith. Exit the Sanctuary and go down the hill.
Go north west (along the lava) to the right of the sanctuary hill and arrive at a broken stone block bridge where stone blocks continuously rise up and fall down. Connor can jump onto these blocks (just use the up arrow key and not the actual jump button). If Connor turns towards a block, it will light up, and he can jump to that block. If you stay too long on a block, it will probably sink. However, there are seven blocks that turn to metal and stop sinking if Connor steps on them. These blocks have shapes drawn on them: lines, triangles, squares, stars. Count the number of lines that make up the shapes. For example, line = 1, triangle = 3, triangle + square = 7, and so on. The blocks represent prime numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. You need to jump on the metal blocks in the correct order of ascending prime numbers (least to greatest). If you jump on a metal block correctly, a sound will be made. If you jump on a metal block incorrectly (like out of sequence), then no sound will be made, and you will have to start over. The diagram below shows the location of the metal blocks and the order in which you need to jump.
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If you prefer written directions, then jump: north, northwest to 1 (safe), northwest, north, north to 2 (safe), southeast, east, east, east, east to 3 (safe), southwest, south, south to 4 (safe), west, west, west, northwest, northwest to 5 (safe), northeast, east, east, east, northeast to 6 (safe), south, southwest to 7 (safe). Note that is not the only way you can get around to all the metal blocks. Metal blocks will line up between the two sides, forming a little walkway. Jump across the blocks to the north side. Watch out for two fire ants. You will see one right away and another as you continue. Listen carefully for it. Avoid the lava geysers, and go northeast along the left hill. Then turn north up an incline. Continue north, and go up a ramp to a stone pyramid. At the very top, take the fire gem from the stone altar. You will automatically speak with an Archon.
Go back south into the lava geyser field, go east and continue through a mountain pass down to the river and some disconnected stone bridge sections. Ready your ranged weapon and SAVE GAME! Several pairs of Pyro Demons are in the lava lake. Cross the series of stone sections to the tall building. SAVE after each successful jump. Go to the structure. DO NOT jump the last three sections east unless you want to fight an army of Pyro Demons. Climb the building with your grappling hook. At the top, step forward onto the inscribed platform and get out your crossbow. You have to shoot the seven gongs in the correct order: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue (indigo), and violet. They are the colors of the rainbow in order (ROY G BIV). Of course, you will not know the color until you shoot a gong! Just number the gongs left to right 1-7 (1-3 on your left, 4 directly ahead, and 5-7 coming back toward you on the right). Shoot the gongs in this order: 4, 2, 7, 5, 1, 3, 6. After the bridge is fully extended, you go on across. Take the stone of Order and return to the fortress on the hill above the village igloos.
Next to the creature with the horn, place the Stone of Order on the pedestal. Go into the blacksmith shop, and get a strong metal shaft. Go down the hill to the weapon shop. Give the metal shaft and the black diamond to the shop owner. Give him 10 gold coins, and you will get a powerful Black Diamond Pike. Exit the village and head south. Go across the bridge and continue to the far south central area of the map toward the Basilisk Lair. Go west up the slope that leads behind the Basilisk. Bear left (southeast) through a pass and to some stone blocks in the lava. SAVE GAME. You have to jump from one block to another to reach the other side. Work you way to the highest block, then run/jump to the back of the cliff. I have included a screenshot of one method of getting through these lava blocks (thanks to MarkVIII). Note that you will probably fall into the lava a lot.
Climb the cliff and ready your diamond pike. Step forward and Connor jumps onto the Basilisk and kills it with the pike. You will no longer have a short-ranged weapon (sword), but do not worry. Ready a ranged weapon. Pyro Demons could appear! Cross the nearby bridge. Go around the right side of the Sarcophagus Temple, and climb the wall with your grappling hook. At the top, approach the hole in the roof, and use your grappling hook to climb down the hole. Click on the dead Fire Dwarf, and pick up a granite key. Click the square wall panel to get a bottle of Sacred Water. Look up at the series of four symbols repeated around the wall. Each symbol appears on each of the four pressure plates around the sarcophagus in the middle of the room. Have Connor walk against the pressure plates in the following order: crescent, triangle, circle, square. The door will open. Take the long-sword off the sarcophagus. You have a short-ranged weapon again!
Go through the open door and turn right. Get a bottle of Sacred Water behind the square wall panel. Turn around and get the full suit of armor for a big armor increase. Return to the wall near the dead Dwarf and climb with your hook. From the roof, climb down the outside wall and return to the Basilisk. Use your sword to cut off its tongue. Pick up the tongue. Go past the right side of the Basilisk and start uphill. Head back over the ridge behind the lair. This time, go right at the fork. Work your way north and then west until you find a dead tree near a narrow strip of land between the lava lakes. Ready your crossbow. A couple of Pyro Demons like to hide nearby. Cross the narrow strip of land, turn left, and head south.
Continue south (stay close to the cliffs) until you find two Fire Dwarves guarding an entrance to their underground lair. Kill the guards and get their gold, potions, and the Super Fire Arrows. Turn around and go forward to the lava lake. Kill another Pyro Demon for a combat boost. Find a lock in the rock wall. It is really dark and hard to see. It is not on the door itself. The lock is to the left of the door. Use your granite key (from dead dwarf in sarcophagus temple) to open the door, and enter the lair. Follow the walkway, eliminating guards as you go, and get their potions. At the end of the walkway, you should find three buttons on the north wall. Shoot the buttons to extend three ramps. Cross the leftmost ramp and flip a lever to release Freesa the Snow Queen. She opens a secret door, talks about trying to find her ice scepter, and then leaves. In the leftmost cell, get a pipe cap from the floor. Ready your sword. Go through the secret door and kill the Fire Dwarf. Get the potion. Examine the wall safe. Click the panels in the same order as at the sarcophagus temple. Get another pipe cap. Exit out to the three ramps, and cross the middle ramp.
In the chest is another mask piece, and you have to kill another Henchman. Get three potions from the floor. Exit and cross the rightmost ramp. In the back of the room is another Fire Dwarf to kill. Pick up any useful items that he dropped. Put a cap on JUST ONE of the steam pipes and step on the platform. Use your bow to shoot the large square button on the far wall and ride up. Step off and get a crystal scepter and a red reveal potion. Get on the elevator and shoot the button again to ride down. Put a cap on the other pipe (both pipes are covered with caps now), get on the platform, and shoot the button a final time to go to the Frozen Reaches.
Enter the palace and talk to Queen Freesa wearing the crown. She fills you in on the situation and gives you permission to fly on her crystal dragon. Give the crystal scepter to the queen. She says, “You need it more than I do” and gives you permission to ride her dragon. Keep the scepter. Exit the palace, and follow the icy path east to the Crystal Dragon’s Den. Use the crystal scepter on the dragon. She explains that she cannot fly until the door behind her is open. A broken pull chain lies on the floor. Look up to see a segment of chain hanging from the ceiling. Push the ice block until it is directly under the piece of ceiling chain. SAVE GAME. Facing the block, stand as close to it as possible without bumping it anymore. Turn around to face away from it and take a couple of steps. You are about to attempt a backflip onto the block of slippery ice. You will get more height this way than with a forward run/jump! Hold the back arrow and immediately hit the INSERT key. Then release both keys. You do not want to slide off the block. This may take several tries. When you are finally on the ice block, click on the chain segment to pull it and open the gate. Jump down and use the crystal scepter again on the dragon to get a ride across the lake.
After you arrive to the other side, SAVE GAME! Ready your bow and go northwest up the path. As soon as you see a Frost Demon, start firing away. Five of the beasts will come at you. Keep rapid firing to kill them and back away if necessary. Frost Demons are relatively slow but lethal closeup. Killing each one gives you a slight experience boost. Continue up the path, bearing right along the cliff. Continue uphill and east through a narrow black pass. Turn left and start running up the steep incline. Keep running to a Y-intersection and go left into a narrow pass. Turn around and ease back one step at a time until you see two ice orcs with crossbows on a black ramp.
Ease forward a step at a time until your shots start hitting them. Keep rapid firing to kill both guards, and you should suffer very little damage. Go up the ramp and get one of the Ice Crossbows. Pick up the potions. Approach the tower wall and use your grappling hook to climb. Go to the opposite balcony, turn around, and pull the lever. Jump into the open trapdoor. Break each barrel and maneuver around to make sure you get everything. Open the chest and get four horn strength potions. Pull a lever to open the main door. Exit and go left back around front. Go north down the ramp. At the crossroad, follow the path due east. Up ahead is a large group of Frost Demons. Rapid fire to kill them, backing up when they start getting close.
With all the Frost Demons out of the way, SAVE GAME! Ready your sword and continue northeast up the main trail until you start to hear something snoring. Just ahead is an invisible Snow Mane. Drink a red Reveal, an amber Shield, and a horn of Strength. Rush forward and kill the beast. (Note: The Snow Mane is very hard to outrun. It will follow Connor everywhere relentlessly!! The only way to escape it without killing it yet is to run to a tower and climb up the tower.) Go to the frozen pond ahead. Step onto the pond to realize the ice is thin. Throw a rock onto the ice. Pick up the rock and throw it again. Do this until the ice shatters, and the rock sinks. (If you do not have any rocks, there is one in the citadel in this realm that you can get. You can always come back to the pond later.) Use your Fire Gem (from Barren Region) on the pond. From the edge, avoid the water and take the Flame Sword. Go back down toward the east watchtower (where you got your ice bow) and continue south. Turn west (right) at the first fork and go through a narrow V-shaped crevice in the mountain.
Follow the path as it bears south through another narrow crevice to another trail. Turn hard right and head north up a very steep trail. Watch out for another group of Frost Demons. You come to a mountain lake. The water is DEADLY cold. Two Ice Orcs stand guard on the other side. It is possible to kill them from the south side of the lake. Slightly southeast of the lake is a guard house. Go inside of it, and get four items from each of the two barrels. Exit and go forward to the lakeshore. Careful of the water, stay against the cliff, and go around the right side. Get two potions near the dead Orcs that you just shot. Go around to the backside of the stronghold and climb the wall with your grappling hook.
Go to the grate on the roof to start an automatic scene. Then continue forward into the jail area and turn left. Talk to the imprisoned King Gryph. Turn around and stand at the lever near the chair and maneuver Connor around, so that you can see the chair. Pull the lever to see the chair rise and the resulting electricity. Go to the small balcony in front, and the scene changes to an overhead view. Walk forward and you automatically jump the guard and kill him. Pick up a potion and the jail key. Go around back and climb the wall again. Unlock the cell to free the Gryph King. Ready your sword and go out on the room, and fall through the grate with another guard. Drink a Shield and a Strength potion and kill Thork. In the chest in a corner, get the Deciphering Amulet. Get the ice shard on the floor and a rock in another corner. Look in the barred room to see a chest and a frozen Henchman. Look at the slot by the door and realize that it “could be a locking device. Perhaps something fits there.”
Open the front door and Connor tries to walk out but nearly trips on the door gap. Press F2 if necessary to see Connor and the doorway at the same time. Put the ice shard in the door gap, and then use the flame sword to melt it. Use your ice bow to refreeze it. Then pick up your new ice lever. Back inside at the barred door, use the ice lever on the door slot. Enter the room and you automatically break the frozen Henchman and get the fourth mask piece from the chest. The Henchman reforms, so kill him. Drink potions if necessary. Exit the Stronghold. Go around the left side of the cold lake, returning south to the crystal dragon. Ride the dragon back across the lake. From the dragon’s den, go south and west past the Snow Palace and a teleporter on your left. Continue northwest up a steep trail to the Gryph Cave and go right on past the Gryph guards into the throne room. Talk to King Gryph, and he gives you a Blue Adamant. Return to the dragon and fly across the lake again.
Return to the far north central area on the map and climb the back wall of the Stronghold again. Now to use the 3 ingredients to make the Permanent Spell of Might. Put the Blue Adamant, Basilisk Tongue, and slice of Golden Mushroom in the chair. Pull the lever for electricity and get the spell. Notice the increase in your weapon and armor points. Use your grappling hook to climb down the back of the Stronghold. On the west side of the Stronghold, go through the V-shaped crevice and kill two Ice Orcs. Follow the curving trail south and kill some more Orcs. Continue south until the west tower appears on your right. Kill the two Orcs on guard there. Go around the right side of the tower, and use your ice bow to kill the Frost Beast below the cliff. There is nothing on the roof here, so enter the tower, bust the barrels, and pick up everything. Exit the tower, go south, and take the first right.
Stay against the right cliff and follow it northwest. Kill the Ice Beast, and go to the pillar. Use your Deciphering Amulet to read the pillar, “Only a blade of fire can sever the heads of the Drake.” Ready your bow and continue north up the trail. Kill seven more Snow Manes. Continue north to the huge structure, and look up to see a two-headed drake (dragon). Climb with your grappling hook. At the top, ready your Flame Sword and SAVE! Jump up the ledge, get close to the drake and cut off both heads. After killing the Drake, jump down the hole behind it. You should have four pieces of the mask at this point. Go down the tunnel, and you will be asked if you want to go to a new region. Since you have four mask pieces, choose Yes.
Go to the altar in the middle of a stonehenge structure. Click on the altar to notice “a depression” on top. Put your bright Crystal Pyramid in the depression and an Archon appears. Since you have the 4 mask pieces, you’re transported. I am guessing that this world is meant to be a little relaxing breather before entering the Realm of the Sun.
REALM OF THE SUN
Level 1 – Truth:
SAVE! Exit the room and ready your sword. Break all urns you see. Go south and enter the room of water. Kill the Water Snake. There might also be a Shadow Demon. Notice the dripping water. Look up to see an opening. Go to the far wall and climb with your grappling hook. Bust the urn, look down and take the Mask Medallion. Climb back down and watch out for a Shadow Demon. Exit and turn north. There are Henchmen and other manner of beasts around the hallways. Go north from the water room and take the first left. Go west all the way to a room at the end and kill 2 Henchmen. Open the south and the west wall panels for potions. In some areas, stepping on certain sections of the floors cause Shadow Demons to rise out of the floor. The sections have very faint discolored outlines. Exit the room to the north and work your way along, hugging the left wall until you get to a room full of several statues. Take the Tablet of Knowledge from the altar. Right click it in inventory to realize it’s “void of its precepts.” Listen to some of the thoughts of the statues.
Now you have to go to the northeast to the big gold doors: Exit N to wall, E to wall, N to wall, E to wall, S to wall, E to wall, S to room, go east and take the second north and go through the room. Enter a large room with a central block. There’s an Archon in the NW corner, leave him alone. Open all 8 panels around the block and get the potions. Approach the Archon and talk to him. He opens the doors. Enter the Hall of Truth and enter the first room on your left. Walk off the edge straight at the monster. Get the Key of Truth. Exit south from the hall and continue south through the room with 8 panels, carefully just entering the next room. 3 floor panels release Shadow Demons. Turn left, hug the left wall, and go to the gold door on the left. Use your Key of Truth to open the door. Enter and take a Sword and Shield of Truth from the altar to start an automatic scene. Your tablet is inscribed with the Precept of Truth.
Now for the extreme northwest: exit, go north to 8 panel room and go around left of center block, take first left. Watch out for loose floor panels. Go W, N, W, N, W, N, W, N. As you approach the gold doors, you’re asked “What is the power of truth?” Use your Tablet of Knowledge on the door. Before continuing, turn around and open a secret panel on your right and get a potion. Now, go through the door.
Level 2 – Light:
SAVE! This level has several Henchmen. Go north to the room and exit it on your left. Go W to wall, N to wall, W to wall and turn north. Take the next left to a room with a center block that has 3 urns in alcoves and a secret panel on the west side. Bust the urns for potions and open the secret panel for another. There’s an unlit candle on the south end of the central block (sometimes it’s in the northeast exit of this room.) Find that unlit candle and pull it down. This opens a passage in the room directly south. From the urn room, take the southeast exit to wall, S to wall, turn east and take first right. Go south and take next right. Enter the room for an automatic scene where Connor finds the final mask piece.
As you leave the room, Henchmen are in the way. Kill them. In the hallway, go N to wall, E to wall, S to wall, E to wall. Zig zag north and take first right. Go east and take first left. Kill some Henchmen on the way and enter a large room in the NE of the map. There’s an automatic scene of a Henchman coming out of a cauldron. Use your Mask Medallion (from level 1 water room) to change the cauldron into a Healing Well. If your health is down, drink till it is fully restored. Exit the room and S to wall, W to wall, S to wall, E to wall, zig zag south to an Archon outside a gold door. Click the Archon and listen to him.
Enter the Hall of Light. Push the book pedestal to the center of the circle of light. When you’re close, you automatically push it to the very center and the Key of Light appears. Take the key, turn around and exit the hall. Continue north and zig zag north to wall, W to wall, zig zag south to wall, W to wall, N to wall, turn west and take next right to another gold door. Use your Key of Light to unlock the door. Enter and take the Armor of light. A new precept is inscribed on your tablet. Exit the room and ready your sword. In the hallway, go east, south, east and zig zag north and straight north to wall. Go west to wall and turn north. Approach the door and you’re asked “How gainest thou the Light?” Use your tablet on the door to open it. Enter the next level.
Level 3 – Order:
No monsters are in the hallways. Go north then east to a room with a center block. On the east side of the room is a gold urn. Push (or click) on it to open a wall panel. Get the potion. Leave the room at the north exit, busting urns as you go E to wall, N to wall, E to wall, turn north and take next right. Bear left through the room and talk to the Archon. Enter the Hall of Order. This puzzle requires Connor to push the large gold blocks to form the Mask of Eternity image. Hit F2 if necessary, to see Connor. Use the tilt up or tilt down keys to see the top of the blocks. The Mask icon at the top left of the screen (move your cursor there) is what the blocks should eventually show. The completed image has to be centered on the inner black outline on the floor.
When the doors open, enter the north room and take the Key of Order from the altar. Exit the Hall of Order and ready your weapon. Bust all urns on you way. In the room with sun bursts around the walls, exit left and E to wall, S to wall, turn east and take the next right to zig zag south to next left and check your health. Then SAVE! and switch to your bow. Slowly advance one step at a time till you see archers in the shadows. Kill them and possibly some zombies, then quickly switch to your sword and kill the commander skeleton. Use your Key of Order to open the gold door. Enter the back room and get the Chalice of Order from the altar. A new precept is inscribed on your tablet.
Exit to the corridor and zig zag south, then go west to the gold door and a voice says “Speak thou of Order.” Use your tablet on the door, enter the passage and the final area loads. If you’ve been busting everything, killing and picking up potions and crystals, you should have plenty on hand. Click the Archon by the door. If you have everything necessary, he lets you pass.
Enter the Altar Room. After talking with Lucreto, approach the altar and Lucreto attacks leaving your health very low. Use mushrooms and crystals right now to rebuild your health to full. Take a mask piece and place it on the altar. Lucreto feels threatened and appears. Fight him till he vanishes. Put another mask piece on the altar. Fight Lucreto again (how’s your health?) Put a third mask piece on the altar and fight again. Place a fourth mask piece on the altar (Lucreto doesn’t appear!) Place the final mask piece on the altar and a swirling vortex appears. Don’t get too close to it! Fight Lucreto and force him back into the vortex. Enjoy the ending and watch credits. See your final score. Congratulations! You have just completed King’s Quest 8: Mask of Eternity!