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The first part of the quest is a pursuit. You'll have to chase the Vai'kesh Prophet as he makes his
way through the
. Every so often the prophet will stop and set up an ambush for you (#1), but
eventually he'll stop and fight (#2). The prophet is a level 28 elite, and he'll have a bunch of
Vai'kesh zealots with him, so make sure that you have your powers ready before you fight him. When
the prophet dies, he'll drop some good (but random) loot, and the cave entrances behind him (#3)
will open up.
To pick up the Aegis of Death
(#5), you'll need to defeat a creature called the Knotted Shambler
(#4). The Shambler is a big, antlered, plant-like monster with 25,000 hit points. It would be nasty
enough to defeat all on its own, but it'll have help from a few leaf generators surrounding it. For
the most part, the leaf generators will hide underground (they'll be invulnerable there), but from time
to time they'll shoot up and release shambler hatchlings, which will run over to the Knotted Shambler
and repair it. You can attack and kill the hatchlings (they only have 50 hit points), but it's much
more effective to kill off the generators and prevent the hatchlings from spawning.
So here's what to do. At the start of the battle, run up to the Knotted Shambler and do some damage to
it. That should wake up a leaf generator, which you'll then be able to attack for a few moments. Then
just repeat that sequence until all of the leaf generators are dead. The Knotted Shambler is big and
slow, so if you keep running around between the generators, it probably won't even get an attack off
Note: Obviously, it's important to control which enemy your party is attacking, so you should use
"mirror mode" for this battle.
Once it's just you and the Knotted Shambler, you'll need to be careful when you attack it. The
Shambler has a nasty area-affect attack (it'll look like it's pounding on the ground) that it'll
repeat 2-3 times in succession. If your party gets hit by all of the attacks, then you'll probably
lose your spellcasters and rangers, and so it's important to try and get your party to run away and
then only attack the Shambler again when the coast is clear. But regardless, provided the leaf
generators are dead, the Shambler won't regenerate, and so as long as you can keep one character
alive, you should be able to whittle away its health and defeat it.
After you've killed the Knotted Shambler and picked up the Aegis of Death
(Quest Item 57), the
Azunite Scholar (#6) will make another appearance. He'll ask you to re-forge Azunai's Shield and
rescue Princess Evangeline, and then, after the conversation, you'll be allowed to go through the
portal leading to the Garden of the Ancients (#7).
1 - Ambushes
2 - Vai'kesh Prophet
3 - Cave Entrances
4 - Knotted Shambler
5 - Aegis of Death
6 - Azunite Scholar
7 - Portal