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* [[Race]] and name don't matter (I think?)
 
* [[Race]] and name don't matter (I think?)
 
* Generate a character with high [[Physical Strength]] (preferably 20)
 
* Generate a character with high [[Physical Strength]] (preferably 20)
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** because offensive spells are worthless so we'll be using melee
* 100 points (the max) into [[Fighting attack]]
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* 100 points (the max) into [[Fighting attack]] to further boost melee damage and hit chance
 
* 82 points (the rest) into [[Magic miscellaneous]]
 
* 82 points (the rest) into [[Magic miscellaneous]]
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** this lets us cast the good spells, like healing
   
 
== [[Leveling Up]] Strategy ==
 
== [[Leveling Up]] Strategy ==
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* We'll assume that you've created your character as above (maxed out Fighting attack)
* First you'll want to max out Magic miscellaneous so you can heal and cast [[Exit to Land]]
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* First you'll want to max out Magic miscellaneous, so you can heal and cast [[Exit to Land]]
 
* then max out [[Fighting defensive]] because almost everything hits you with physical damage
 
* then max out [[Fighting defensive]] because almost everything hits you with physical damage
 
* then max out [[Magic defensive]] to have a better time against those [[Evil Cleric]]<nowiki/>s
 
* then max out [[Magic defensive]] to have a better time against those [[Evil Cleric]]<nowiki/>s
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Now we want to get enough money to buy a [[2H Sword]] or two along with [[Full Plate]]. 2H Swords do the most damage, even compared to most +1 equipment. Full Plate is the highest class of armor. While in the Castle check the price of both at the merchants. If you can buy a 2H Sword go for it, otherwise we'll need to grind for some cash.
 
Now we want to get enough money to buy a [[2H Sword]] or two along with [[Full Plate]]. 2H Swords do the most damage, even compared to most +1 equipment. Full Plate is the highest class of armor. While in the Castle check the price of both at the merchants. If you can buy a 2H Sword go for it, otherwise we'll need to grind for some cash.
   
We can easily grind at the ruins for the first quest so let's do that. Exit the Castle and cast [[Wizard Eye]] to help you navigate the forest. Then head directly northwest of the Castle until you find the [[Ruins (Forest)]]; ignore any encounters along the way because you are too weak to fight them. Protip: if you're being hassled then run from the fight, save, then reload the game and the monster will be gone! Outside the Ruins save then rest. Note that we save then rest because while resting there is a chance of being attacked.
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We can easily grind at the ruins for the first mission, so let's do that. Exit the Castle and cast [[Wizard Eye]]; this allows you to see everything which helps navigating forests. Then head directly northwest of the Castle until you find the [[Ruins (Forest)]]; ignore any encounters along the way because you are too weak to fight them. Protip for if you're being hassled: run from the fight, save, then reload the game; the monster will be gone! Outside the Ruins save then rest. Note that we save then rest because while resting there is a chance of being attacked!
   
Inside the ruins there are two chests in the top left corner of the map that give gold; chests also have a chance of dropping items which can be sold for more gold! The strategy is this:
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Inside the ruins there are two chests in the top left corner of the map that give gold; chests also have a chance of giving items, which can be sold for more gold! The strategy is this:
* enter
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* enter the ruins
* beeline for the chests (fighting anything along the way)
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* beeline for the chests (fighting anything along the way for experience)
 
* get the chests
 
* get the chests
 
* cast [[Exit to Land]] (at this point it's not guaranteed to work so if it fails just beeline for the exit)
 
* cast [[Exit to Land]] (at this point it's not guaranteed to work so if it fails just beeline for the exit)
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* rest
 
* rest
 
* repeat (until you have a full inventory)
 
* repeat (until you have a full inventory)
Here's the strategy for battles: head immediately to the right until the monsters have lined up (or as close as you can get to a line) then you'll have an easy time killing them one by one. If you find yourself in danger of losing then run away, cast Cure Light Wounds, then attack again. Monsters in the stack that you've already defeated will stay dead, which is nice.
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Here's the strategy for battles: head immediately to the right until the monsters have lined up (or as close as you can get to a line) then you only have to fight them one by one. If you find yourself in danger of losing then run away, cast Cure Light Wounds, then attack again; monsters that you've already defeated will stay dead, so you can whittle down stacks of monsters this way.
   
 
If you encounter [[Goblin]]s and still have [[Cloth]] armor then be sure to take their [[Leather]] armor!
 
If you encounter [[Goblin]]s and still have [[Cloth]] armor then be sure to take their [[Leather]] armor!
   
Repeat this grind until you have a full inventory or your weapon breaks. Go back to the castle, sell your swag, then buy some 2H Swords and Full Plate.
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Repeat the grind until you have a full inventory or your weapon breaks. Go back to the castle, sell your swag, then buy some 2H Swords and Full Plate.
   
Now that we have equipment we're going to focus on [[Leveling Up]]. Level 2 happens at 300 [[XP]] (takes about 35 [[Gold]]) and level 3 happens at 900 XP. To grind for this XP you can go back to the Ruins. If you're brave enough try attacking the [[Evil Cleric]]s in the top middle; they're tough but give 70 XP a pop. They also drop a [[Mace]] +1 which can be sold for good cash.
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Now that we have equipment we're going to focus on [[Leveling Up]]. Level 2 happens at 300 [[XP]] (takes about 35 [[Gold]]) and level 3 happens at 900 XP. To grind for this XP go back to the Ruins and beat the random Spiders, Green Slime, and Wolves. If you're brave enough try attacking the [[Evil Cleric]]s in the top middle; they're tough but give 70 XP a pop. They also drop a [[Mace]] +1 which can be sold for good cash. When you run low on health just leave, save, rest, and enter again.
   
When you have enough to level up go to [[Balinar]] (the town next to the castle), talk to the trainer and agree to his fees. There's a section dedicated to leveling up so consult that. When you level up you also gain more [[Life]], [[Magic]], and sometimes a [[Stats|Stat]] point. The amounts you get are entirely random. If you ''really'' want to maximize your stats you can save outside of Balinar, train, and reload until you get what you want.
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When you have enough to level up: go to [[Balinar]] (the town next to the castle), talk to the trainer and agree to his fees. There's a section dedicated to leveling up (above) so consult that. When you level up you also gain more [[Life]], [[Magic]], and sometimes a [[Stats|Stat]] point. The amounts you get are entirely random. If you ''really'' want to maximize your stats you can save outside of Balinar, train, and reload until you get what you want.
   
 
== Completing the first mission ==
 
== Completing the first mission ==
I'd suggest being at least level 3 to survive the first quest.
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I'd suggest being at least level 3 to survive the first mission. You should have already picked it up from the King in the Castle.
   
Go back to the ruins. Head to the very top left corner. There will be a secret wall just to the south, hiding an Evil Cleric. Talk to the Evil Cleric to steal his parchment. Now you can have to get out and head back to the castle. You can do this however you like but the easiest is to cast Exit to Land. All the Evil Clerics will become aggressive, so you'll be attacked by the one you talked to after anything you do; the others will come after you as well.
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Go back to the ruins. Head to the very top left corner. There will be a secret wall just to the south, hiding an Evil Cleric. Talk to the Evil Cleric to steal his parchment. Now you have to get out and head back to the castle; you can do this however you like, but the easiest way is to cast Exit to Land. Note that all the Evil Clerics will become aggressive, so you'll be attacked by the one you talked to after anything you do; the others will come after you as well if you decide to try to walk out.
   
Head back to the castle and talk to the King for your reward. Immediately after he'll give you the second quest.
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Head back to the castle and talk to the King for your reward. Immediately following he'll give you the second mission.
   
 
== Completing the second mission ==
 
== Completing the second mission ==
 
You're now tasked with finding out who [[Dalagash]] is. That's it. Very little to go on.
 
You're now tasked with finding out who [[Dalagash]] is. That's it. Very little to go on.
   
You must head to [[Zachul]], which can be reached by boat from [[Rendyr]]. While you're at Rendyr you might as well shop for 2H Sword +1, which is better than plain ol' 2H Swords. Take the boat to Zachul. The armor shop there sells Full Plate +3, the best armor in the game, so take a while to shop. After shopping make sure to save!
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You must head to [[Zachul]], which can be reached by boat from [[Rendyr]]. While you're at Rendyr you might as well shop for 2H Sword +1, which is better than plain ol' 2H Swords. Take the boat to Zachul. The armor shop there sells Full Plate +3 (the best armor in the game) so take a while to shop. After shopping make sure to save!
   
Now onto the quest: enter, cross the river, then climb the fence. Kill the Evil Cleric guarding the door then pick the lock to face the [[Vampire]]. Casting [[Time Delay]] might be useful here. Enter the house and pick the locked door to reveal a [[Bard]]. Talk to him to advance the quest. Since you killed someone in town the [[Guard]]s will be after you. Avoid them and run for the exit.
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Now onto the mission: enter Zachul, cross the river, then climb the fence. Kill the Evil Cleric guarding the door, then pick the lock to face the [[Vampire]]. Casting [[Time Delay]] might be useful here. Enter the house and pick the locked door to reveal a [[Bard]]. Talk to him to advance the mission. Since you killed in town the [[Guard]]s will be after you so avoid them as you run for the exit.
   
To get back to the main continent you have to take a boat. Enter town and for whatever reason everything will be cool, no guards chasing you (short memory I guess). Take the boat back to Rendyr. Head back to the Castle and talk to the King to finish the quest.
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To get back to the main continent you'll have to take a boat. Enter town and for whatever reason everything will be cool, no guards chasing you (short memory I guess). Take the boat back to Rendyr. Head back to the Castle and talk to the King to finish the quest.
   
 
== Completing the third mission ==
 
== Completing the third mission ==
 
[[Myron]] has been [[Myron (Invaded)|invaded]]! You can reach Myron by boat from [[Trocines]]. The town is overrun by Evil Clerics and they're all aggressive. Some of them are camping out by the entrance to jump you when you arrive, how nice. Enter the weapon shop and pick the locked door, followed by the one behind it. The next encounter has two Evil Clerics in one stack. There will be a secret entrance behind the counter leading to the ring leader, another vampire.
 
[[Myron]] has been [[Myron (Invaded)|invaded]]! You can reach Myron by boat from [[Trocines]]. The town is overrun by Evil Clerics and they're all aggressive. Some of them are camping out by the entrance to jump you when you arrive, how nice. Enter the weapon shop and pick the locked door, followed by the one behind it. The next encounter has two Evil Clerics in one stack. There will be a secret entrance behind the counter leading to the ring leader, another vampire.
   
After killing the Vampire (and taking the chests obviously) it's time to escape any way you see fit. When you enter the town again everything will be back to normal. Which is good, because we need to take a boat back to main land! You can either go to Balinar (which is closer to the Castle and finishing the quest) or Rendyr. Head back to the Castle and talk to the King to finish the quest.
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After killing the Vampire (and taking the chests obviously) it's time to escape any way you see fit. When you enter the town again everything will be back to normal. This is good, because we need to take a boat back to main land! You can either go to Balinar (which is closer to the Castle) or Rendyr. Head back to the Castle and talk to the King to finish the mission.
   
 
== Time to make some money (and some levels) ==
 
== Time to make some money (and some levels) ==
The next quest will require some XP and some gold to get there so time to learn to make some cold hard cash. If you've maxed out Stealing then head to Myron, climb the fence guarding the Evil Cleric, then go to town picking his pockets. It's totally fenced in so the guards can't get you, and there's a wall to the north that you can climb to escape and lower the heat.
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The next quest will require some XP and some gold to get there so time to learn how to grind.
   
Or you can try finding Blackeye's treasure in [[Dungeon (Blackeye)]]. But it's a hard dungeon and not as easy to grind as the guy in Myron.
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First, making cash. If you've maxed out Stealing then head to Myron, climb the fence guarding the Evil Cleric, then just start picking his pockets. It's totally fenced in so the guards can't get you, and there's a wall to the north that you can climb to escape. If you're adventurous enough you can try finding Blackeye's treasure in [[Dungeon (Blackeye)]]. I wouldn't recommend this because it's a very hard dungeon and the payoff isn't that great.
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Next, grinding levels. The best way to level up is attacking guards; each one gives 40 XP and there's always eight in a stack. Also there's plenty no matter where you go. You burn through equipment pretty fast though, but thankfully you have lots of money now, right?
   
 
== Completing the fourth mission ==
 
== Completing the fourth mission ==
 
This quest is difficult because of one monster: [[Rust]]. They have a chance to destroy your armor every hit! To add insult to injury the game doesn't let you carry multiple suits of armor (like it does with weapons). The dungeon also has a lot of high level monsters, which doesn't help when you have no armor.
 
This quest is difficult because of one monster: [[Rust]]. They have a chance to destroy your armor every hit! To add insult to injury the game doesn't let you carry multiple suits of armor (like it does with weapons). The dungeon also has a lot of high level monsters, which doesn't help when you have no armor.
   
I'd suggest buying some 2H Sword +3 from a town ([[Maninox]] sells them) and leveling up quite a bit. The best way to level up is attacking guards; each one gives 40 XP and there's always eight in a stack. You go through equipment pretty fast though, but thankfully you have lots of money now right?
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I'd suggest buying some 2H Sword +3 from a town, like [[Maninox]]. If you don't have Full Plate +3 then get some now.
   
 
When you're ready, head to the dungeon hidden in the mountains up north. Prepare for a world of hurt. Head down a floor and fight the dragon behind the secret doors in the middle of the floor. Ignore all rust monsters along the way. There's another floor below but it's a waste of time.
 
When you're ready, head to the dungeon hidden in the mountains up north. Prepare for a world of hurt. Head down a floor and fight the dragon behind the secret doors in the middle of the floor. Ignore all rust monsters along the way. There's another floor below but it's a waste of time.
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== Completing the fifth mission ==
 
== Completing the fifth mission ==
One more roadblock in giving Dalagash a slap in the face: we must find the [[Great Sage]] that has gone missing! Luckily for us he's in the last place we'll look: the [[Ruins (Mountain)|Mountain Ruins]]. This one is annoying because the sage is hiding behind some secret doors in the top-right corner. The place isn't that easy to explore either because it's teaming with [[Giant]]s. And they hit ''hard''. To make matters worse there are giants specifically spawned to block your way so you have to fight them.
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There's one more roadblock in giving Dalagash a slap in the face: we must find the [[Great Sage]] that has gone missing! Luckily for us he's in the last place we'll look: the [[Ruins (Mountain)|Mountain Ruins]]. This one is annoying because the sage is hiding behind some secret doors in the top-right corner. The place isn't that easy to explore either because it's teaming with [[Giant]]s. And they hit ''hard''. To make matters worse there are giants specifically spawned to block your way so you have to fight them.
   
 
Ideally you would rush to the sage (minimizing the number of Giants you fight), ''talk to him'', them cast Exit to Land to make a quick escape. Easier said then done. If you manage it then lick your wounds and scamper back to the King for your reward.
 
Ideally you would rush to the sage (minimizing the number of Giants you fight), ''talk to him'', them cast Exit to Land to make a quick escape. Easier said then done. If you manage it then lick your wounds and scamper back to the King for your reward.
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''Note: if the king doesn't give you a reward then you're playing the buggy 1.1 version; download the better 2.0 version, copy over the save file, then try again.''
   
 
== A little detour to the Afterlife ==
 
== A little detour to the Afterlife ==
 
Before we proceed we need to die. No, you heard me right. We need an item from [[Heaven]] in order to beat the game. That item is the [[Blue Rose]]. How you die is up to you, but I sold my armor (instead of letting it get destroyed by being attacked) and went to the mountain ruins to be beaten up by those nasty giants.
 
Before we proceed we need to die. No, you heard me right. We need an item from [[Heaven]] in order to beat the game. That item is the [[Blue Rose]]. How you die is up to you, but I sold my armor (instead of letting it get destroyed by being attacked) and went to the mountain ruins to be beaten up by those nasty giants.
   
When you arrive in heaven look for the wandering merchant and talk to him; agree to pay 500 gold. You know you have it because it will say "Blue Rose" in blue text underneath Luck on the status panel. To get out of Heaven enter the building to the north and talk to either Victor or Brian. They should find you worthy and drop you back to your last location on the overworld map.
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When you arrive in heaven look for the wandering merchant and talk to him; agree to pay 500 gold to obtain the Blue Rose. You know you have it because it will say "Blue Rose" in blue text underneath Luck on the status panel. If you need to do any shopping the after life is a great place because they sell all +3 stuff.
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To get out of Heaven enter the building to the north and talk to either Victor or Brian. They should find you worthy (since you've done five missions) and drop you back to your last location on the overworld map.
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''Note: if the Victor/Brian dialogue gets stuck in an infinite loop then you're playing the buggy 1.1 version; download the better 2.0 version, copy over the save file, then try again.''
   
 
== To Vampyr's Castle! ==
 
== To Vampyr's Castle! ==
 
Head to Maninox and talk to [[Marsus]] in the pub. He will sail you over to [[Calatiki]] for a sum of 2000 gold. '''Once you agree there is no turning back'''; this is a one-way journey. What I'm trying to say is '''''<u>don't save here unless you're max level and fully equipped because you ain't going back when you do.</u>'''''
 
Head to Maninox and talk to [[Marsus]] in the pub. He will sail you over to [[Calatiki]] for a sum of 2000 gold. '''Once you agree there is no turning back'''; this is a one-way journey. What I'm trying to say is '''''<u>don't save here unless you're max level and fully equipped because you ain't going back when you do.</u>'''''
   
Enter [[Vampyr's Castle]] and head to the largest room on the top floor where Dalagash initially is. Talking to him or trying to attack him will cause him to escape to the basement but will also open it up for you. At this point the basement stairs will remain open even if you exit the area. Climb down to the ground floor and go around the center tower to the basement stairs.
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Enter [[Vampyr's Castle]] and head to the largest room on the top floor where Dalagash initially is. Talking to him or trying to attack him will cause him to flee to the basement. However, this will also open it up to you. At this point the basement stairs will remain open even if you exit the area. Climb down to the ground floor and go around the center tower to the basement stairs.
   
There are always two stacks of eight bats waiting in the basement to get a piece of you. Too bad you're probably level 15 and bats ain't got nottin' on you at this point. Take the path to the south and and go west at the T-junction. Make your way through the winding maze-like path and the lava to the summoning chamber
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There are always two stacks of eight bats waiting in the basement to get a piece of you. Too bad you're probably level 15 and bats ain't got nottin' on you at this point. Take the path to the south and and go west at the T-junction. Make your way through the winding maze-like path and the lava (which hurts every step, by the way) to the summoning chamber. Beat Dalagash's ''two'' forms to win the game!

Revision as of 17:59, 22 January 2016

Character Creation

  • Race and name don't matter (I think?)
  • Generate a character with high Physical Strength (preferably 20)
    • because offensive spells are worthless so we'll be using melee
  • 100 points (the max) into Fighting attack to further boost melee damage and hit chance
  • 82 points (the rest) into Magic miscellaneous
    • this lets us cast the good spells, like healing

Leveling Up Strategy

  • We'll assume that you've created your character as above (maxed out Fighting attack)
  • First you'll want to max out Magic miscellaneous, so you can heal and cast Exit to Land
  • then max out Fighting defensive because almost everything hits you with physical damage
  • then max out Magic defensive to have a better time against those Evil Clerics
  • from there max out Lock picking, Climbing, Stealing, and Perception in any order, it really doesn't matter
  • don't bother with Magic offensive because offensive magic is terrible

Starting Out

Enter the Castle, go to the second floor, and talk to the King to get the first Quest.

Now we want to get enough money to buy a 2H Sword or two along with Full Plate. 2H Swords do the most damage, even compared to most +1 equipment. Full Plate is the highest class of armor. While in the Castle check the price of both at the merchants. If you can buy a 2H Sword go for it, otherwise we'll need to grind for some cash.

We can easily grind at the ruins for the first mission, so let's do that. Exit the Castle and cast Wizard Eye; this allows you to see everything which helps navigating forests. Then head directly northwest of the Castle until you find the Ruins (Forest); ignore any encounters along the way because you are too weak to fight them. Protip for if you're being hassled: run from the fight, save, then reload the game; the monster will be gone! Outside the Ruins save then rest. Note that we save then rest because while resting there is a chance of being attacked!

Inside the ruins there are two chests in the top left corner of the map that give gold; chests also have a chance of giving items, which can be sold for more gold! The strategy is this:

  • enter the ruins
  • beeline for the chests (fighting anything along the way for experience)
  • get the chests
  • cast Exit to Land (at this point it's not guaranteed to work so if it fails just beeline for the exit)
  • save
  • rest
  • repeat (until you have a full inventory)

Here's the strategy for battles: head immediately to the right until the monsters have lined up (or as close as you can get to a line) then you only have to fight them one by one. If you find yourself in danger of losing then run away, cast Cure Light Wounds, then attack again; monsters that you've already defeated will stay dead, so you can whittle down stacks of monsters this way.

If you encounter Goblins and still have Cloth armor then be sure to take their Leather armor!

Repeat the grind until you have a full inventory or your weapon breaks. Go back to the castle, sell your swag, then buy some 2H Swords and Full Plate.

Now that we have equipment we're going to focus on Leveling Up. Level 2 happens at 300 XP (takes about 35 Gold) and level 3 happens at 900 XP. To grind for this XP go back to the Ruins and beat the random Spiders, Green Slime, and Wolves. If you're brave enough try attacking the Evil Clerics in the top middle; they're tough but give 70 XP a pop. They also drop a Mace +1 which can be sold for good cash. When you run low on health just leave, save, rest, and enter again.

When you have enough to level up: go to Balinar (the town next to the castle), talk to the trainer and agree to his fees. There's a section dedicated to leveling up (above) so consult that. When you level up you also gain more Life, Magic, and sometimes a Stat point. The amounts you get are entirely random. If you really want to maximize your stats you can save outside of Balinar, train, and reload until you get what you want.

Completing the first mission

I'd suggest being at least level 3 to survive the first mission. You should have already picked it up from the King in the Castle.

Go back to the ruins. Head to the very top left corner. There will be a secret wall just to the south, hiding an Evil Cleric. Talk to the Evil Cleric to steal his parchment. Now you have to get out and head back to the castle; you can do this however you like, but the easiest way is to cast Exit to Land. Note that all the Evil Clerics will become aggressive, so you'll be attacked by the one you talked to after anything you do; the others will come after you as well if you decide to try to walk out.

Head back to the castle and talk to the King for your reward. Immediately following he'll give you the second mission.

Completing the second mission

You're now tasked with finding out who Dalagash is. That's it. Very little to go on.

You must head to Zachul, which can be reached by boat from Rendyr. While you're at Rendyr you might as well shop for 2H Sword +1, which is better than plain ol' 2H Swords. Take the boat to Zachul. The armor shop there sells Full Plate +3 (the best armor in the game) so take a while to shop. After shopping make sure to save!

Now onto the mission: enter Zachul, cross the river, then climb the fence. Kill the Evil Cleric guarding the door, then pick the lock to face the Vampire. Casting Time Delay might be useful here. Enter the house and pick the locked door to reveal a Bard. Talk to him to advance the mission. Since you killed in town the Guards will be after you so avoid them as you run for the exit.

To get back to the main continent you'll have to take a boat. Enter town and for whatever reason everything will be cool, no guards chasing you (short memory I guess). Take the boat back to Rendyr. Head back to the Castle and talk to the King to finish the quest.

Completing the third mission

Myron has been invaded! You can reach Myron by boat from Trocines. The town is overrun by Evil Clerics and they're all aggressive. Some of them are camping out by the entrance to jump you when you arrive, how nice. Enter the weapon shop and pick the locked door, followed by the one behind it. The next encounter has two Evil Clerics in one stack. There will be a secret entrance behind the counter leading to the ring leader, another vampire.

After killing the Vampire (and taking the chests obviously) it's time to escape any way you see fit. When you enter the town again everything will be back to normal. This is good, because we need to take a boat back to main land! You can either go to Balinar (which is closer to the Castle) or Rendyr. Head back to the Castle and talk to the King to finish the mission.

Time to make some money (and some levels)

The next quest will require some XP and some gold to get there so time to learn how to grind.

First, making cash. If you've maxed out Stealing then head to Myron, climb the fence guarding the Evil Cleric, then just start picking his pockets. It's totally fenced in so the guards can't get you, and there's a wall to the north that you can climb to escape. If you're adventurous enough you can try finding Blackeye's treasure in Dungeon (Blackeye). I wouldn't recommend this because it's a very hard dungeon and the payoff isn't that great.

Next, grinding levels. The best way to level up is attacking guards; each one gives 40 XP and there's always eight in a stack. Also there's plenty no matter where you go. You burn through equipment pretty fast though, but thankfully you have lots of money now, right?

Completing the fourth mission

This quest is difficult because of one monster: Rust. They have a chance to destroy your armor every hit! To add insult to injury the game doesn't let you carry multiple suits of armor (like it does with weapons). The dungeon also has a lot of high level monsters, which doesn't help when you have no armor.

I'd suggest buying some 2H Sword +3 from a town, like Maninox. If you don't have Full Plate +3 then get some now.

When you're ready, head to the dungeon hidden in the mountains up north. Prepare for a world of hurt. Head down a floor and fight the dragon behind the secret doors in the middle of the floor. Ignore all rust monsters along the way. There's another floor below but it's a waste of time.

Once you've beaten the dragon (looks more like a green dog to me but whatever) return to the king.

Completing the fifth mission

There's one more roadblock in giving Dalagash a slap in the face: we must find the Great Sage that has gone missing! Luckily for us he's in the last place we'll look: the Mountain Ruins. This one is annoying because the sage is hiding behind some secret doors in the top-right corner. The place isn't that easy to explore either because it's teaming with Giants. And they hit hard. To make matters worse there are giants specifically spawned to block your way so you have to fight them.

Ideally you would rush to the sage (minimizing the number of Giants you fight), talk to him, them cast Exit to Land to make a quick escape. Easier said then done. If you manage it then lick your wounds and scamper back to the King for your reward.

Note: if the king doesn't give you a reward then you're playing the buggy 1.1 version; download the better 2.0 version, copy over the save file, then try again.

A little detour to the Afterlife

Before we proceed we need to die. No, you heard me right. We need an item from Heaven in order to beat the game. That item is the Blue Rose. How you die is up to you, but I sold my armor (instead of letting it get destroyed by being attacked) and went to the mountain ruins to be beaten up by those nasty giants.

When you arrive in heaven look for the wandering merchant and talk to him; agree to pay 500 gold to obtain the Blue Rose. You know you have it because it will say "Blue Rose" in blue text underneath Luck on the status panel. If you need to do any shopping the after life is a great place because they sell all +3 stuff.

To get out of Heaven enter the building to the north and talk to either Victor or Brian. They should find you worthy (since you've done five missions) and drop you back to your last location on the overworld map.

Note: if the Victor/Brian dialogue gets stuck in an infinite loop then you're playing the buggy 1.1 version; download the better 2.0 version, copy over the save file, then try again.

To Vampyr's Castle!

Head to Maninox and talk to Marsus in the pub. He will sail you over to Calatiki for a sum of 2000 gold. Once you agree there is no turning back; this is a one-way journey. What I'm trying to say is don't save here unless you're max level and fully equipped because you ain't going back when you do.

Enter Vampyr's Castle and head to the largest room on the top floor where Dalagash initially is. Talking to him or trying to attack him will cause him to flee to the basement. However, this will also open it up to you. At this point the basement stairs will remain open even if you exit the area. Climb down to the ground floor and go around the center tower to the basement stairs.

There are always two stacks of eight bats waiting in the basement to get a piece of you. Too bad you're probably level 15 and bats ain't got nottin' on you at this point. Take the path to the south and and go west at the T-junction. Make your way through the winding maze-like path and the lava (which hurts every step, by the way) to the summoning chamber. Beat Dalagash's two forms to win the game!