Exiguus and the Undead
Exiguus and the Undead is quest 4, and consists of 4 maps. You hear of the quest through a town crier, relaying a message from the King, and hearsay. You learn that King Gregor has placed a bounty of 50 gold on Prince Exiguus and the Orb of the Undead. Exiguus has gone rogue and has been raising an army of undead. You begin your search at Castle Arius, which has recently been taken over by the Sorcerers of the Star.
Today you have chosen to examine goods offered by the merchants. Hoping to see a magical item of power, you look at every table of offered goods.
"Hear ye! Hear ye!" yells a town crier nearby as he rings a rather large bell, "Message from the King. Hear ye! Hear ye!"
A message from King Gregor? This should be interesting, you think.
"The King seeks strong men and women to help fight the Mighty Exiguus, Master of Time, Raiser of Dead, and Traitor to Truth. Go to Castle Arius and defeat this evil man!" Apparently the crier is paid well, he has a strong voice that penetrates the bustle of market talk. "Adventurers wanted to stop Exiguus. Reward shall be any treasures found and 50 gold from the King himself. Here ye! Here ye!" The crier is making his way through the streets. You decide to follow. "Return with the Orb of the Undead as proof and be rich!" The crier then starts repeating his message.
50 gold? Not bad. Perhaps I can do it, you think to yourself.
"It's ridiculous," says the closest merchant as if he read your mind.
"Ridiculous?" you say, "What do you mean ... ridiculous?"
The merchant gives you a shrewd look, "Why can't the King send an army to take care of HIS business? He doesn't need to go tempting our young men and women to seek their fame on hopeless quests. We pay enough taxes. He should have the resources to take care of it himself." The merchant sits down crossing his arms, "Anyway, as I understand it, this Exiguus guy is the King's son ... you know ... Prince Exiguus."
"Prince Exiguus?" you didn't realize that they were one and the same.
"Yep. Same one. Seems that all his sons have had troubles. We're lucky the King doesn't run off himself. But boys will be boys." The merchant takes a bite out of an apple, "What I think doesn't matter. I'm sure several young adventurers have already tried and failed." The merchant notices your curiosity, "Say, you're not thinking about going to that death trap?"
"I don't know," you say, "it just depends ... where would I start? Castle Arius?"
The merchant sighs, "Yeah. I hear the castle has been run over by some group that call themselves the Sorcerers of the Star. Some extremist group of mages. They've hired a bunch of mercenaries to guard the place. A whole army. I don't know much more than that. Hey, you going to buy anything?"
Your mind is elsewhere. You could use the reward money. The castle is not too far away and would be no problem to get to. So the King wants to off one of his sons. Pity.
Click below to show a summary of each mission including notable features, enemies and items.
Q5M1 Show Summary
This mission takes you through Castle Arius. It is the gateway to the inland Abbey, and is full of magic scrolls of power, and evil mysticism. In the depths of the castle is a secret fortress of doomsday prophets. Notable features include a throne room, wooden throne, labyrinth, and treasure. Enemies include silver, bronze, and iron Avengers (Arius' Knights), Sorcerers (Sorcerers of the Star, Evil Wizards).
Q5M2 Show Summary
This mission takes you through an underground maze complex that connects Castle Arius to another keep. Notable features include a Boulder (Indestructible Magically Enhanced Stone of Death). Enemies include bronze, and iron Avengers (Arius' Knights), Sorcerers (Sorcerers of the Star, Evil Wizards). Notable items include Amethyst.
Q5M3 Show Summary
Keep and Altar of Arius (?) Enemies include silver, and iron Avengers (Arius' Knights), Sorcerers (Sorcerers of the Star, Evil Wizards), and a Prophet of Doom. Notable items include a Mithril Ax, Mithril Plate Armor.
Q5M4 Show Summary
Abbey of Arius Notable features include a Graveyard, Mausoleums, Crypt, and chapel. Notable enemies include Astarte's Death, Death Priest (Master of the Dark Arts), Destroyers (Destroyers from the Crypt), Exiguus. Notable items include Mithril Chain Mail, Mithril Mace, Amulet of Eternal Nourishment.