Anvil Of The Dawn

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ANVIL OF THE DAWN WALK-THRUThe purpose of this walk-thru is to help you make it through Anvil of the Dawn without too many headaches. The game is fairly easy, but there are a few places that are hard to figure out. I am not going to list where every item is to be found in the game, but only tell you what you absolutely need to know. That way, you won’t have the whole game spoiled for you. The game allows a player to take any course they want, rather than follow a predestined path. But there is a right order to follow and a wrong order. Some people have made it into desolation without getting all the pieces of the chest they will need. Here is the dungeons one should conquer, in order:Gryphon KeepThe Dark LanternThe Undersea MazeThe Sunken ShipThe Underground CityThe Land of Roots/Elder TreeThe BarrierThe Temple of the MoonThe City of the DeadThe Eye of Clay/SanctuaryGorge Keep (optional)The Reed Plain (optional)The Iron TitanThe QuagmireFire MountainThe Warlord’s TowerThe Anvil of the DawnWe’ll detail what you need to do in these places, but first let’s deal with the basics.STARTING OUTYou can choose from five different characters. Each has an advantage in the four statistics (Strength, Agility, Stamina, Power), except the mire lurk, who has even stats across the board. You can modify any character’s stats if you want, so you don’t have to choose Brice (the big hairy guy) for a strong fighter. But the stats are limited to the amount given and only a modifier like a talisman or a potion will allow you to increase them later. You don’t get to increase them permanently later in the game. So choose them well.CONTAINERSThe inventory screen has an area that shows what you’re carrying. Everything is placed there in a jumble if you right click to add your items to inventory. In order to keep things organized you will come across containers in the game. They come in two forms: Sacks and Chests. I recommend you use sacks to hold rocks and chests to hold other items. There are a lot of places in the game where you will need to weigh down a pressure plate with ten rocks. You won’t always have a block figurine to spare. Using a bag full of rocks is a lot easier to deal with because to can pick it back up in a jiffy when you’re ready to leave. Fill each sack with ten big rocks and you will have perfect tools for dealing with those annoying plates. Always test a plate first to see if it can take only one to three rocks, because you don’t want to tie up a whole sack of you only needed one rock. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR BAG WHEN YOU LEAVE THE AREA. You will get three bags in the game. One in Gryphon Keep, one in the Dark Lantern, and one in the Sunken Ship. The Chests are great for storing items. You get three of them eventually. I recommend putting all pieces of the quest in one chest, use another for money and temple tokens and a third for magic items like potions and power-ups. That way you will be able to access things without sorting through a big mess. Keys should be left available on the main screen in a neat pile, because you won’t be carrying them around long.ARTIFACTSThese come in many forms. Most are offensive spells, but there are also amulets that enhance your stats and potions that enhance them temporality. There are two potions in the game that enhance your stats permanently. They are the potion of Mortal Enhancement and the Potion of Magical Enhancement. When you take these they raise your maximum health or mana (magic) points permanently. However, the number they give you is random. Always save before drinking one, then restore and try again if the new points are low. The max for health seems to be 10. I never accept less than an 8. The max mana seems to be 80. I never accept less than 65. The block figurine is one of the most useful items you come across. Using one creates a stone block for weighing down a pressure plate. Use these things sparingly. I will tell you where you need to use them. You should use rocks whenever possible, and save these for the places where a block is really needed. THE MAPThe auto map is very useful in this game because it will not only show you what areas you missed, it can be used to spot enemies and see if doors have opened outside of your field of vision. When you step on a plate or throw a switch you can check the map to see if it changed anything on the map. This is very useful. Monsters appear as green squares and those annoying rolling rocks are shown also in relation to where they are when the map was called up. When you enter a dungeon or exit a stairway, ALWAYS turn around and look back the way you came so the map will register it. Otherwise the exit will show up blank. You should want to know where the exit is at all times. You can also make notes on the map by clicking on the pen box. I recommend this for confusing areas. Now for the game…THE CASTLE OF THE LADYOkay, your character has just awoken and you have to start the game. Grab what’s in the chest in your room, turn the knob on the wall that opens the door (it’s on an artsy pattern next to the door) and talk to each character on your way down the stairs. You don’t need to talk to the guards or the servant boy, but you can if you want to. The first person you need to see is the castle wizard. He will teach you the spell of healing and an optional offensive spell. I recommend choosing the water spell “Shackles of Ice”. This spell freezes your opponent temporarily so he can’t fight back. The other spells are okay, but they are slow and don’t give you as much of an advantage. You will get all these spells later so don’t worry about missing them here. But make sure you talk to the wizard because he’s the only source of the heal spell and you need it to win the game. Next up is the armorer. I suggest you get a sword (Slashing weapon). Swords are the best weapon in the game. You will end up with two really powerful swords later on, so spend your skill points on slashing before you start to improve any others. Always check the damage a weapon does when you get it by bringing it up to the eye on the inventory screen and clicking on it. The higher the damage, the more deadly the weapon. Ranged weapons aren’t much use in this game except in a few places. You don’t really need them.Finally, you meet the old man who tells you what your mission is. He will direct you to a portal that will take you to the wine cellar of Gryphon Keep. Enter and you are on your way. GRYPHON KEEPGoal: Find the Spell of Heavenly Mend, Find ExitThis is the easiest dungeon in the game and serves to educate you on the game mechanics. You start out in a wine cellar. Make your way to the door opened by a pressure plate on the floor. Stepping on the plate opens it. Step inside and fight the guard. You may find it closing on you before you can do that. This is because the guard stepped on a plate on his side. Step back on your plate and the door will open again. The wine cellar/basement level is pretty small. There are a few guards to kill. Two will drop keys which will open the rooms on this level. In one room you will find Lord Gryphon, who is dying. Talk to him and he will give you his signet ring. You will need this when you finish the keep. The ground floor is pretty straight forward. In four corners of the keep are stairs that go to four separate towers. Each has some useful items. There are long halls on either side of the castle and lots of rooms in between. I will break down the areas by compass direction on the map. The South West Tower entrance has no door. There is a healing altar nearby. This is where you use the strange looking tokens that you find to heal yourself. The gold ones heal all your points, the flesh colored ones heal a random amount of points. Upstairs in the tower are two pressure plates. You need to weigh down the one in front of the door first, with three rocks. Then step on the other plate. This will open the door to the next room. A round switch on the wall opens an alcove where two chests are hidden. There is also a chest on this level with the spell of “Heavenly Mend of Unseen Artisans”. Do not leave the keep without this spell. It is essential to winning the gam and this is the only place you find it. The South Corridor of the Keep has a flying skull spell coming down the hall like clockwork. Wait for it to pass. You will see a door with no way to open it. Find a side passage nearby. At the end is a switch on the side wall. Throw the switch. A rock will roll back and forth, opening the door in the south hall every now and then. Go to the door and wait for it to open. You may get hit by a skull spell, so make sure you are healed up. Inside you get your first shield in the game. The South East tower entrance is opened by pushing a stone block onto a nearby plate. You will enter a room with rolling rocks. Find the stairs. In the tower is a Mana Altar which can only be accessed by putting a gold coin in the hole in the wall next to the door. At the East side of the keep is the exit to outside. Make sure you finish the keep before leaving. You can reach the exit by pushing a block onto a plate near the door. This leads to a hallway with some chests before the true exit. Across from the Exit hall is a big Throne room where there are several chests. You can enter this room by putting one stone on the plate in front of the door. In this room is a messenger monster. These guys are really tough to fight. I suggest using the offensive spells you find earlier to soften him up first. If he is hurting youbadly, try running away and healing up, then come back and finish him off. The North East Tower entrance is opened by entering the room next door and placing three rocks on each of the two pressure plates inside. There are two doors that open periodically due to a rolling rock. Wait for them to open. One leads to the tower. Upstairs you will find two pressure plates next to a switch in the wall. Move back and forth on the plates until you can throw the switch. An alcove opens revealing two chests. The North West Tower entrance is opened by a switch in the wall. Near this entrance is a room with armor. It doesn’t hurt to get it before you go on. Upstairs in the tower are two pressure plates you have to walk over before reaching the chests. Move fast and then sidestep. These chests activate traps that send Earthen Fists flying at you from behind. After you have searched every room, go outside the castle and turn to face the ruins one step from the door. You will meet Parselfal, whom Lord Gryphon spoke to you about. Parselfal will hand you a bag of gold coins which come in useful later. Head on straight down the way you were coming to the Dark Lantern, your next dungeon. THE DARK LANTERNGoal: Talk to Wizard, Get Sea Shell of SummoningWhen you reach the causeway leading to the Lantern Tower, you will see it is gone. Use the spell of “Heavenly Mend of Unseen Artisans” to repair the causeway, then head to the tower. This is a small place except for the basement. On the first floor you will have to put three rocks on the pressure plate near the entrance to make a teleporter vanish. Then, put a rock on the pressure plate the teleporter was hiding. This will open the door to the rest of the tower. In the north is the exit to the pier. You will leave this way when you finish the tower so make a note of it. There is a block nearby. Push it onto a plate to open the two doors leading down and up. Take the down stairs first. You should finish the basement level before going on to the rest of the tower. Next to the stairs is a healing altar. A gargoyle guards the entrance to the north section of the basement. Talk to it and find out you need to “unsummon” it. Go south to a long hall, then west. In a north side passage is a switch. This opens a wall to the south. In this area are some chests and a clue to unsummoning the gargoyle. Down the hall, west of there is a side passage to the north. There are lots of chests in here, guarded by Wyverns. The chests are hidden behind illusory walls. You can always tell an illusory wall because it flickers. Pay close attention to each wall. Further west is a pressure plate that makes a teleporter appear. Enter the teleporter and find yourself in an area guarded by a juggernaut. There is better armor in a chest nearby. There is also a section with two rolling rocks. This section will have a chest with one part of the unsummon spell. You need to get it then teleport out and reenter the hall teleporter. This will take you to another identical area. Go to the rolling rock spot and get the second part of the unsummon spell. At the west end of the long hall is a plate and a wall switch. Step on the plate and then flip the switch. It opens a door to the south. This area comes in two parts. Behind an illusory wall is a big room with four wyverns guarding chests. The middle chest contains a sea shell. You need this to get to the sunken ship. The other area has two hidden chests revealed at the far west end by stepping on a pressure plate. Unfortunately, the plate also causes a screaming skull spell to come flying at you. If you avoid the spell, it goes into a teleporter nearby and comes around again. Every time you step on the plate, more skulls fly. If you keep avoiding them you will soon see lots of flying skulls. This is very dangerous because you will get hit sooner or later, so take it like a man and empty those chests. Now you can go back the way you came and unsummon the gargoyle. You will then find a long hall with a door to the south and a door to the west. You need a key to go west so enter the south door. You will find yourself in a large room with rocks neatly laid out. Walk the length of the room along the north wall and head south toward the entrance to the next room. There is a spinner going on in this room that will try to mess up your sense of direction. Try doing moves in reverse when this happens and make your way into that room. It takes some effort. You will find a chest with the key and three teleporters guarded by a juggernaut. The middle teleporter will take you to the exit of the rock room so you don’t have to deal with the spinner again. Once you unlock the west door you find yourself in a similar room. The far west door needs a key, the door to the south is opened by a pressure plate. There is a stone block you need top destroy to free a pressure plate. This will open the door to a room with a bunch of chests. One of the has the key to the third area.The third area is the same. You’ll need a key to go further west. Entering the south door you’ll see rolling rocks. Enter their halls and find the gaps to get across to a room. Throw any switch you see. Get the key in a chest. The fourth area is the final area. A door to the south leads you to a room full of switches. Throw all the switches. Doors open revealing chests. One door leads to the final room. To get in you have to go to a side passage, kill the juggernaut and put a block on the pressure plate. The other pressure plates will then let you in the door. Now head upstairs to the second floor of the tower. There are three doors leading to the stairs to level three. To open them you must do the following: Near the doors is a switch in a recessed area. It causes a stone to roll onto a plate. Throw it. Now, there is a pressure plate east of the stairs. Put three big rocks on it. Another plate in the south requires a block. A wall opens and closes periodically. It has the block, but I’m not sure if you push it into one of the plates in this area or on the plate to the north. I just made sure there is a block on the first plate in the hidden area and the one exposed. The doors will then be open, go on the way to the stairs is a side passage with an illusory wall. Throw the switch on the other side and rob the chest. Head upstairs and you will walk across a plate that opens a wall. Inside, behind a illusory wall is a chest with a key inside. Get it. East of the stairs is a Mana altar. Throw the switch nearby. This will cause rocks in another room to roll which will open the door to the Wizard’s lair. You will find that he’s already dead. Get the yellow globe on the floor and put it in the fish’s mouth. Go to the nearby chest and read the scroll inside. Then click on the globe. The wizard will tell you his story. In the locked room is a chest with a good sword. Now that you’ve cleared the tower, make your way to the pier exit on the ground floor. You can take the teleporter in the hidden room where in the key was, but it takes you to the causeway exit. Use the pier exit. Go to the end of the pier and use the sea shell. Talk to the elemental, then enter…THE UNDERSEA MAZEGoal: Get to shipThis area is pretty simple. It’s a maze with the center as the goal. But you must inspect every square inch of the place before you try to enter the center. You’ll need to find eight pearls to reach the center. You should also find Aegis, the best shield in the game. Throw away your old shield when you find it. The maze has blood thorns which can poison you, so save up on those poison cures. Only use them when you really need them. If you can fight a couple monsters while poisoned, hold out until you must use the cure. That way you won’t run out. There is a teleporter on each side of the maze that will take you to the opposite side. There are two exits. One takes you to a land pier to the south of the underground city. The other takes you to the lantern pier. If you accidentally exit the maze, call the elemental with the shell again and click on GREET. The Mana Altar is in the North West part of the maze, the Health Altar is in the South West part of the maze. Once you reach the center of the maze, teleporters will block your way. You need to enter them until you are next to a chest with the final pearl. Teleport back and put the pearl in the hole in the wall. The next teleporter will take you to the center where another teleporter whisks you away to an area north of the maze, the entrance to the ship. THE SUNKEN SHIPGoal: Talk to DemonYou enter the ship and find yourself in a room with two exits to the north. Either one takes you to a huge room in the center of the ship. The far west side of this room is a altar of healing. You need a gold coin to get in. The far east is a room with the demon the wizard told you about. The demon wants eight hearts, which you get by killing the sailors on the ship. You get four on the first level and four on the upper level. You may want to wait until you have all the hearts before talking to the demon to save trips back and forth.The north east door of the great hall is opened by pulling the anchor switch. Inside the room are seven switches. Pull them all. You can now enter seven doors off the hall. The south east door leads to the stairs going up. Save them for after you finish clearing level one. Somewhere near the western end of the great hall are two doors facing each other. They are opened or closed by a pressure plate. To hold down the plate, put a bag on rocks on it. Take them off to enter the opposite door. Both rooms are identical. They have a teleporter and a wall switch. Two pebbles will be on the floor. Get them, pull the switch, enter the teleporter. Put a pebble on each pressure plate in the room you have arrived in, then step in the teleporter to get sent back to the hallway. Only one teleporter does this. The other keeps you in the room. You can now get into four rooms at the west side of the ship. Now go upstairs. To the east of the ship is a area with rooms and chests. A hidden room can be accessed by fining an illusory wall near the area where a rolling rock is standing in a side room. Enter the wall, throw the switch and two rocks roll onto plates, opening up the hidden room to the far east. The middle section of the ship has a large room with four blocks in the center. Push them onto the four plates in each corner. This opens a door to the north that leads to the captain’s quarters. On the way watch out for the rolling rock. There are alcoves you can jump in to let the rock pass. The captain’s quarters is in a hidden area. You can only reach it by stepping on the pressure plate in the center of the room. A wall to the north opens. Go into the south room, pull the wall switch. Do the same to the north room and a west wall will start to open and close. Enter and find a suit of shell armor and some other stuff. The suit is the best one so far. It looks goofy, though. Go back and talk to the demon, give him the hearts. Now that you’ve accomplished that and found out what you need to do in the game, go back into the sea maze. The north west corner of the sea maze is the exit leading to the underground city. That’s the best way to go. THE UNDERGROUND CITYQuest Items: Heartstone, Sun Disc, Trumpet of Earthen QuakeThis place is pretty creepy. If you came out of the sea onto the land pier you will enter the city from the East. If you go in from the Gryphon Keep side you will enter South. At the South entrance is an NPC who will tell you the story of the city. It is haunted by some horrible monsters. The Blood Spawn are especially tough. There are two other exits to this place. North is the Exit to the Elder Tree. West takes you to the Barrier.If you enter from the East follow the outer wall south until you get to the south entrance. This is a good starting point. Talk to the weird looking man. Following along the outer walls is usually safe. No monsters are around there unless they chase you there. The only threat are Iron fist spells which fly along a set path. These are easy to avoid. You can use a reflecting pool spell to deflect them anyway. There are two levels to this place. A huge main level with lots of buildings to explore and a small mine level where you will find the heartstone needed for your quest. Worry about the mine later. Save it for last. Throw away the Sea Conch if you want to. It’s no longer needed.Since most of this dungeon is pretty cut and dry I will only describe the tricky parts. The main thing to remember is look for illusory walls, all picks stuck in walls are switches and be careful of those monsters. Like the sea maze, there are teleporters at each side of the dungeon, next to the exits, that will take you to the other side of the city. The altars are in two separate areas. The Health Altar is in a open area surrounded by a lot of monsters. It’s near the center, north of the Enclave Area. You can just ignore the monsters and heal up if you are desperate. They don’t immediately attack you unless you face them. The Mana altar is slightly north of the West exit. You need an Amethyst Hex key to get in. This is found in a house nearby, surrounded by four pressure plates. (See description below) We’ll start with the south entrance and work our way around in no particular order. There are plenty of other places I don’t describe here. Make sure you check everyone. Don’t leave any section of the map blank. Directly to the north of the south entrance is an area I call the Enclave. It is a large walled off area full of houses. The entrance has rolling rocks and spikes guarding it. Go straight through, watching out for the rocks and fire spells. You will find the place has lots of houses. Directly north of the entrance is the first place you should enter. Here are a couple Sword Thanes (like the one’s guarding Gryphon Keep) inside. One of them will drop a gold skull key when you kill him. To the west of this room is another room opened by a pressure plate. A messenger will be guarding it. Kill him and take his hat. These hats are the best headgear in the game until you get the knight’s armor, so throw away that stupid seashell helmet. An adjoining room is entered by stepping on the pressure plate again. Inside you will find a sun disc. This is an important item you will need later on. Two houses on either side of the enclave have pressure plates. They take one rock each. Now go around the enclave and clean out the other houses. The one locked by the gold skull key has a flame shooting crossbow inside. It’s helpful against blood spawn. Especially when you enter the rolling rock house I describe later. Finished with the enclave? Okay, let’s now go north of there to the healing altar. It’s in an open area surrounded by what looks like square pillars. There are a lot of monsters here, so be careful. It’s also a no magic zone, so you will have to use your weapons on the beasties. If you don’t look at them, they usually won’t attack, so if you are desperate for healing, just ignore them and head for the altar. One of the quivering pool monsters will drop an ankh when you kill him. This is needed to enter a house near the east exit. If you don’t get an ankh in this area, you will probably get it from another quivering pool elsewhere. They are really small, so pay close attention to the ground. To the east of the enclave, just south of the altar area, is a house that must be opened with a blue tear key. Inside a rolling rock moves across your path. Monsters block your away ahead. You have to kill them without stepping in the way of the rock which will clobber you. The Inferno weapon comes in handy here. Also, the throwing star you found in the sea maze that comes back to your hand. Another method is just step up when the rock passes, take a whack at the monster, then step back. When the monsters are dead, go into the far room and throw a wall switch. This will open a door in the hall where the rock is rolling back and forth. Go right, raid the chest, then return to the switch, throw it again, and go left down the hall when the rock passes to find another chest. You will find an hour glass artifact that comes in real handy later. In the South East corner of the city is a house with three pick switches in its walls and a teleporter blocking the door. Fire spells keep starting periodically. Wait for the fires to die down. Go to the west/left switch. Pull it, then go to the east/right switch, pull it. The teleporter will have vanished. Then, pull the middle switch and enter. There are illusory walls directly in front of you. Behind them are some chests. Next door is a house with a rolling rock sitting motionless between two pressure plates. Nearby is a chest with a key and a wall switch. Get the key, throw the switch. Open the locked door with the key and you will see a rock rolled away to reveal a chest. Raid the chest, go back to the switch, throw it again and return to find another chest revealed. Near the East exit is a big house requiring an ankh key. There is a hole in the wall next to the door and a speaking statue. Use the ankh to enter, go to the door that has a wall switch next to it in the north east of the place. Throw the switch, enter and you will see a pressure plate. Step on the plate four times and it will open the other doors. Two rooms are empty. Two have monsters. One has a chest with another hourglass artifact. North East of the city, next to the Ankh house is a house opened by a blue tear key. Entering you will see two pressure plate doors and a door opened by a wall switch. The wall switch opens the center door which only leads outside. The north room has a chest containing the Trumpet of Earthen Quake. The south room has a sleepy imp inside. Talk to him then leave the room and shut the door. Now, without entering the room again, step on the plate and open the door. Use the hourglass you found to stop time. Enter the southern room and you should see the imp sleeping with a thought bubble over his head. Wait for the time spell to wear off and you will learn the spell of Fire Haven. Slightly west of the south exit is a house with two closed doors and a stone block. Destroy the block with your sword and the doors will open. The door farthest away from the block may need coaxing. Step on and off the plate until it opens up. You can check it with your map. Near the West exit is a house surrounded by four pressure plates. Put one rock filled bag (8 to 10 rocks per bag) on three of the plates. You should have three bags by now. On the fourth plate place a stone block. Now you can enter the house. If you don’t have enough rocks or blocks, then try entering anyway. A spinner will make it really hard but if you keep trying you will eventually get in. It took me a long time when I tried it without the rocks. Inside you will find the Amethyst Hex key needed to get to the Mana Temple. The Mana Temple is slightly north of the west entrance. You need the Amethyst Hex key to enter. There will be blood spawn guarding the place and it is a no magic zone. Near the North Entrance is a house opened by a steel circle key. This house contains a great sword, the best weapon you will find up to this point in the game. It can cause up to 16 points in damage. So I recommend you start using it. In the North West section is the entrance to the mine. It’s a wood building with a rock rolling in front of the entrance. But before you enter, next to this building are two rows of small houses. Explore them and you will find a little girl. Talk to her before entering the mine. Back to the mine. Fight your way past two blood spawn to the stairs. The stairs lead down. You will find you way blocked by a collapse. Use