Dividing the east and west sides of Eragora is a long mountain range. Navigating across the surface has been seen to be impossible, thus the only other option available is to venture deep underground. Many eager adventurers have entered the dark confines of these tunnels only to be never seen or heard from again.
Level Range: 51-51
Walking route from Eragora default recall: 2s, d, 6e, 2s, 2e, 2s, e, 2s, 4e, 2s, 2e, d, 5e, n, 2e, n, 2e
The area is made of the following major parts:
- Pre-entrance rooms, which are separated from the area proper by a half-orken gate, requiring either quests or sneakiness to pass through,
- Post-entrance rooms, leading up to the maze,
- Maze proper, the insane part of the area,
- Another realm, the quest part of the area.
This place is dangerous. However, the area offers some of the best rewards (in terms of insignia) available in the entire hero game, which make it a very worthwhile place to run, questwise. Dying in the maze (especially if fleeing about) makes the CRs tricky due to large amounts of aggie mobs before and in the maze. Same goes for the quest part of the area, beyond the maze, which is furthermore protected by multiple mobs. Read below for details, but the highlight is - do not take chances here unless you enjoy very difficult CRs.
Entering the Tunnels
To enter through you will be required to either pick a side (halfling or half-orc) by proving your loyalty (ie. doing their quests), or to push hidden lever (vegetation) found at halfling spy. To get out the same applies, there is a secret way out at the eastern side of the gate (enter tunnel).
Doing the half-orc quest is rather "trivial", as it involves going to an other area entirely, namely the Halfling's Paradise, and returning with the forged papers. This will reward you with a permahero -2 AC insignia, access to the tunnels (Madak will open the doors for 60 seconds every time you come to him), and will set your alignment with the half-orcs, making the half-orcs within the maze non-aggressive to you.
Choosing the halfling side is a more difficult affair as it requires investigating the tunnels, returning to the halfling with everything found in the post-entrance and maze parts, but will also give you a permahero +3% xp insignia. This is naturally fantastic for high-TNL races, and those not morphing early. This quest will make your further trips inside that much easier as halflings will not be aggressive.
Hitting 999 might make you wish to switch to the half-orc insignia. Regardless, to switch alignments, there are two quests, one for each side. Doing either will set your alignment to neutral towards both halflings and half-orcs and you will need to redo the appropriate entrance quest.
To switch to half-orken side, you will be required to travel to Sun God Altar and murder Sou f'Fle as a part of the Half-Orc Redemption Quest, and return with his necklace. To switch to halfling side, you will need to retrieve a certain sword from within the bowels of the maze in the Halfling Redemption Quest.
Regular mazes usually run 3-4 rooms, sometimes a bit more. There is a very hard maze at Daingean Machadae that counts 7 rooms. This one is 11 rooms big, every room has a full set of 4 exits, and only a single exit from a single room leads towards the maze exit (or back out, for that matter). Fortunately the room exits do not change.
The maze is chock full with fully-aggressive halflings, half-orcs, dust-imps, doppelgangers (which are always nasty), all of which see through hidden/invisible (of course), and are of appreciative levels in size.
Unless you know exactly what you are doing, be VERY careful, conserve mana, and never drop under q9 calm/teleport mana. Bring extra casters for support if needed. Brutes are welcome but, as an important reminder, the place is chock full of doppelgangers and them copying the brutes is generally not what you would usually wish.
As a final note, there are wind mobs inside that will push your groupies away, meaning it is troublesome to rejoin them due to the haywire nature and impressive size of this maze, as well as good chances they will get caught when pushed.
The Grand Finale
Throdak will give you a quest to free him, should you come and visit him during the in-game day hours. This will require navigating the maze to the altar, quaffing, and murdering all there is on the other side, which again is a story for itself. The rewards will be an exotic armor piece and weapon, but nothing overly powerful. Also, there is no insignia for doing this quest.
Area is doable with a tight but powerful group, but it's quite hard for non-superheroes. If you wish to sight-see, use a lord, as at least you will get the benefits of eulogy. This place will not do auto-CR for you and getting to your corpse in the maze involves running through the first portion of the area which is likely to aggie you several times. Dying during the quest is even worse due to the mobprog operated nature of the door there.