Temple of Astarte
The Temple of Astarte is quest 5 and consists of 4 maps. You are transported away from a bathhouse while taking a bath by a mage, John, who identifies himself only as a friend of King Gregor, and offers you this quest. King Gregor wishes to send a message to the Sorcerers of the Star, in the form of an attack on several locations; Castle Ephesus, the Old Castle, The Temple of Astarte, and its underground area where Elymas, the leader of the Sorcerers of the Star resides. You are to slay him, and bring back his notes. The reward offered is 35GP, and 200000 experience.
They say that baths are the best form of relaxation. And today, you decide to do just that -- embrace the warm waters of a bath. The tub you sit in is fairly big and filled with perfume smelling water. The servants of the public house come by every so often and offer towels to the patrons.
You sit back and close your eyes letting the steam roll over your body in waves that lift away your daily problems.
But no sooner do you reach for the soap when there is a loud clap of thunder and you are blinded by a flash of light.
"Oh my!" you hear as your eyes adjust.
Slowly you can make out a room with many tables, books, and scrolls lying about. A figure wearing a tan robe stands in front of the tub peering down at you. The old man holds in his hand a small wooden stick that glows unnaturally. Silver hair pours out of the mans head in long strands.
"I seem to have caught you at a bad time," says the man, "but there is no time to waste."
"Excuse me! I was trying to take a bath," you curse the man.
The man rubs his jaw, "Hmmm ... yes, yes, there is certainly no time to waste." He pulls up a chair and sits down. "Let me explain. You are an adventurer, right? A pretty good one?"
You sink down into the water, not confortable with the old man seating so near the tub, "Yes, I am. What about it?"
"I have a job ... if you're interested," he says. "But I forget myself. Let me introduce myself. I am John. Let's just say that I'm a friend of the King.
"No, don't say anything. Just listen." You still haven't said anything, "There is a group called the Sorcerers of the Star. Sort of like the Prophets of Doom. " He laughs loudly. "Prophets indeed. The King tires of their magic, and I have been assigned to deliver to them a message -- a message written with the sword on the robes of dead sorcerers. You are the messenger and shall present this notice at several locations."
Seeing that you are still non-plussed, he continues, "The first place is Castle Ephesus. Several mercenaries for the sorcerers are staying there and need to be taught a lesson. To make your attack swift, you will have to find a teleporter in the complex to take you to the next site.
"Second, the Old Castle, has several liches that provide enhanced magical energies to their group. The liches have agreed to collect mana from the surrounding areas and give it to the Sorcerers of the Star. In return, they make regular sacrifices.
"I know there is a secret exit in the Old Castle. Find that exit and you will find yourself at the Temple of Astarte. This is the heart of the organization. Do as much damage as you can. Oh, how I despise that temple.
"Finally, from the Temple of Astarte there is an underground area where their leader Elymas stays. In order for you to succeed, you must destroy him. Return with his journal notes and I will consider your task complete and I will pay you well.
"What do you say?" He leans over at you.
You splash around the tub a bit. This quest sounds like a fancy assassination along with a couple of massacres. You're good, but are you that good?
Finally you reply, "Will you then send me back to the bath house?"
"Why, of course! I can't have you splashing around all day!
Click below to show a summary of each mission including notable features, enemies and items.
Q5M1 Show Summary
This mission takes you through Castle Ephesus (beneath which Elmore slew the great dragon), which holds a number of mercenaries that work for the Sorcerers of the Star. Notable enemies include Gray and Green Death Knights, and Prophets of Doom
Q5M2 Show Summary
This mission take you through the Old Castle. Enemies include Astarte's Death, Gray Death Knights, Death Priests.
Q5M3 Show Summary
The Temple of Dianna. Enemies include Prophets of Doom, Sorcerers of the Star.
Q5M4 Show Summary
Elymas' Lair Enemies include Astarte's Death, Destroyers, Fire Serpant, Elymas. Notable items include Amulet of Lava Walking, Elymas' Notes, and Venom.