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Mage Boden will give you this quest when you talk to him in his shop in Kalrathia
, #2), provided that you ask
him about the "matter" he brings up.
Mage Boden will ask you to look for his apprentice, Darek, who recently went missing while
investigating some ruins near the Morden city of
. Boden will tell you that Darek might have had a research journal with him, and
he'll ask you to track that down as well. To help you out, Boden will give you a golden
(Quest Item 68).
You'll discover the ruins right where Boden said they'd be (#1). Inside, you'll find several
statues that should look familiar. The statues are part of a puzzle, but the puzzle is
basically a repeat of the one from the primary quest
The Lost Azunite Artifact
. That is, after placing the golden mirror
onto one of
the statues, you'll need to rotate the statues so that they direct a beam of light into the
right place. However, in this case there are actually two right places -- the doorways
to the north and west. If you can direct the beam of light into one of the doorways, then
you'll open the door and be able to enter the room beyond. The apprentice is in room #2,
and a nice bit of treasure can be picked up in room #3.
The easiest way to solve the puzzles is to work backwards. Figure out which statue could direct
the beam of light to a doorway, and then work from there. But if you don't have the patience for
that, then you can simply look at the solutions shown above. Figure 1 shows how to position the
statues to open the apprentice's room, and Figure 2 shows how to position the statues to open the
Note: You can also find the greater chant of casting
(Chant 60) and the greater chant of
(Chant 61) in the room with the apprentice.
When you reach Mage Apprentice Darek, he'll inform you that Boden has been working with the Morden,
and that when Darek figured out what was going on, Boden locked him into this puzzle room to keep
him out of the way. As proof, Darek will give you the journal of the mage's apprentice
(Book 35), which is actually a ledger of Boden's dealings with the Morden.
When you return to Mage Boden, no matter what you say to him, you'll expose him for the traitor he
is, and he'll attack you. Once he's dead, Darek will make his way to the shop, and, if you talk
to him, he'll thank you for your help, and he'll drop several items onto the ground for you,
including the unique ring
. Then Darek will take Boden's place as Kalrathia's magic merchant, and the
quest will end.