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|Enemies||Hags, spawners, slugs (no xp or treasure)
|Special||Bertoxxulous, activate 8 evil portals, Shard of Disease
|Saves||2 total: near start, center of back wall of area
|Portal||Right wall past 1st save point
|Exits||Swamp of Bile (previous area), Arachna Caves
Shortly after you start this area, Bertoxxulous
will ask you to activate all the evil portals
in this area for him. This will allow the troops (the ones you've been killing) to invade Norrath as
a diversion so you can collect more Shards. Once all eight are activated, Bertoxxulous
give you the Shard of Disease. After activating seven of the eight, enter the Arachna Caves to
continue. Leaving the far exit of the Arachna Caves brings you to the portal you couldn't reach
earlier. After you activate the last evil portal you must return to Bertoxxulous
the Shard of Disease. When you have the Shard of Disease, return to Natasla
for your next
mission into the Plane of Valor.
It can be difficult to find all eight evil portals especially if you kill the hags but forget to run
up and activate the portal itself. There are six along the walls of this area, one in the center of
the waterways, and one on a raised area you can only get to via the Arachna Caves.
Hags are the most impressive enemy spellcasters and you normally find them in this area in pairs
near evil portals with a spawner as support. They can cast Bolt of Shock, Lighting Storm, and Giant
Growth, plus they can fly and their melee attacks have a stun chance. If they start flying, they
can't attack you and you can't melee with them, but you can still hit them with some spells and
all regular ranged attacks. They count as undead, but the normal undead immunities do not apply...
they can be poisoned and diseased. The best way to attack them is while you are moving. If you stand
still, they can hit you with their electrical attacks and while you should be able to take a number
of their attacks, two hags attacking one player can be bad.
Most Efficient Route
Follow the right wall all the way around until just pass the 2nd save point. Activate the portal you
find there (which should leave three remaining). Go to the left wall on the other side of the
bottleneck and keep it on your right as you work your way back down towards the start. After
activating six portals, go up the center of the area following where all the water joins up for the
seventh evil portal. Go back to the 2nd save point and keep the back wall on your right past the
seventh evil portal and exit to the Arachna Caves leaving one portal. Re-enter using the other exit
found in the Arachna Caves. Activate the last evil portal, gate back to the Plane of Fear, and then
use the portal to return to the Plane of Disease to speak to Bertoxxulous
and receive the
Shard of Disease.
Same as above.