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Redguard Newbie Guide
15 February 2011
Original Text Written by Ranger - Ranger-J@altavista.net.
I've tried to avoid putting into the first part of this file any of what are normally called "spoilers" for
any of the puzzles in Redguard -- and Redguard contains wonderful puzzles of many, many different kinds. In
fact, the whole game is one giant interwoven puzzle, with many "individual puzzle strands" -- some simple,
some complex that will have you going around in circles from person to person to person, before you finally
get enough hints and clues to figure out how to solve them. In the first part, I want to put in some of the
general game-playing hints and techniques that will make your life a little easier during your sojourn on
Stros M'Kai, so that you won't have to be concerned so much on just survival, but will be able to enjoy the
puzzle solving during your explorations. At the end, I will put in some hints as to how to handle some of
the most difficult puzzles of the game. Do not read these unless you get really stuck at some point, and want
what amount almost to spoilers.
In Redguard, it's best to spend the first couple of hours or so talking to everybody you can find, to get the
background. Remember, you're just off the ship, and you need to get the skinny on just what's going on. Redguard
is a "story" that you're living in, so what would be more natural than to find out all you can about the area
that you're going to go adventuring in?
When you talk to someone at any given time, talk "exhaustively" to them. Cover every single topic. Some topics
will open up new areas of subtopics, and follow those as well. As you talk to people, they will mention people
that you've already talked to. Go back to the person they mentioned - very often what the new person has said
will open up new topics of conversation with the people you've already talked to.
Gold is really not a problem in this game. (Except that since you have a limit of 500 gold pieces that you can
carry at any one time, you're going to have to soon be figuring out what to spend it on, in order to be able
to pick up the gold that you'll be finding.) How much gold is it necessary to have at any one time (except for
purchases at stores) as you're wandering around? Five or six gold pieces is all that will ever be necessary
(outside of making purchases in shops). And, since in going to many areas, you will be finding as much as
400 gold pieces or more, you will really find it a shame to not be able to pick up a 300 gold-piece treasure,
because you already are carrying over 200 gold pieces. But, at the beginning, you've got to get some gold. And,
you've got to get a map of the island, so you can bring it up with your "M" key, and see where you're at.
So, leave the city through the arch at the end of the docks, and walk up the road to the bridge. Keep going, and
soon the blacktop will stop, and when you get to an extra-wide place in the sandy road, veer off to your left,
and soon you'll see some fog from a foggy little valley. At the botom of that valley is a cave, in which is a
crazed treasure hunter. Attack him, and when your battle is over, you'll find a map of the island on him.
Also, in the cave, is a nice little chest of gold, and some potions.
Kotaro and the Amulet Quest
Well, let's get some more gold. Talk to Kotaro, sitting at his table on the dock, and accept his offer.
(It's the only one of its kind in the game.) You'll get a hundred gold piece advance, and you don't have to
fulfill the mission until much later. In fact, it's a very good idea NOT to fulfill that mission until much
later -- at least, don't deliver the amulet to the palace, once you've gotten it, until much later. But, you want
that hundred gold-piece advance; you can put it to good use. Why isn't it a good idea to return the amulet to the
palace, as soon as we've gone to N'Gasta's Isle and gotten it, and come back? Well, because once you deliver it to
the palace, you're going to be thrown into the Catacombs, and after you escape from them, every guard in the city,
and on the whole island, is going to attack you on sight. Now, you can do this (I did -- and there were times when
I wanted to talk to somebody outside a building, and I had to kill five guards before I could talk to the
person in peace...) (And, if a guard is left alive in the area, he'll attack you while you're talking -- and
he'll hit you every time, since you don't have your sword drawn, and are able to offer no defense to him -- and
it's very difficult to try to end a conversation and get to the place where you can say "Bye", and then draw your
sword, and turn around to attack him, while he's repeatedly hitting you in the back...) So -- you want to have done
most of your circles of talking to people, and solving various quests, before you ever want to return the amulet to
the palace, once you get it from N'Gasta. (Unless you really enjoy fighting -- and collecting the gold and potions
that you get as a result.)
Now, there are guards in various places around the island, who will attack you on sight, anyway, even before you
return the amulet. These guards are "off the beaten path" -- i.e., the roads going south to Saintsport, and going
north to the docks from where you can get the boat to the Isle of N'Gasta. The guards along these roads will not
attack you before you've returned the amulet to the Palace. But, there are other guards in these out-of-the-way
locations who will attack you -- and they're tough. However, once you defeat them, they stay dead. (Unlike the
other guards in the city and along the roads, who will be replaced every time you enter a building or other place
where the game loads a new area.)
Anyway... now that you have a map and a couple of hundred gold pieces, go to Gerrick's Goods, and buy some items.
Buy a compass and a shovel. Buy some aloe leaves. (You get three for fifteen gold pieces. Each one will give you
five hundred gold pieces worth of healing potions a little later.) (Buy a feather or two if you want to use the
island's fast-travel teleporter system.) Wander down the road towards Saintsport. Check out the side canyons. In
one you'll find a deserted cabin with some more gold around, plus some potions, and an empty glass bottle. If you
were to pick up only one thing from that area -- that would be the glass bottle. (There's only one other potion
in that deserted cabin that will be of help to you soon, and that's the orc's blood. All the rest of the potions
there, you will be able to get again later, when you need them. But, if you don't mind them cluttering up your
inventory, pick them up now.) When you get back to the city, go to the city well, and bring up some water, Mix
an aloe leaf with the water in the bucket. Then fill the glass bottle -- it will give you 20 health potions,
which you can take at any time by hitting the "H" key. Even during combat. It's refillable any time you're around
the well (which will be a lot during the course of the game). It will equip itself when it is empty, to indicate
that. And, health potions will be taken from it, first, before those from your "real" health potions that you've
picked up or bought.
While you're going towards Saintsport, stop in at the observatory, and talk to Erasmo. He'll give you some
valuable information. You can continue on towards Saintsport if you wish. There, there is a crazed treasure
hunter, who would have had a map if you didn't have one already, and a lighthouse -- which you'll be able to get
into somewhat later in the game -- and some gold and potions lying around in and around the buildings). But, you
might as well go on to there -- it's not much further, and there are some interesting things there. Notice the
gazebo-like structures. When you get into them, look down -- and look up. In the larger one, you'll see a picture.
You'll find the same picture in a book which you can read, or even purchase, at J'Ffer's Bookshop. Who is the saint?
(Yes, this gazebo is actually a shrine to a saint. And, who this saint is, and this location, will become extremely
important at some later point in the game.) And, you can wander to the west, where you'll see a huge, long (remember
the "long" - you'll see that term again, applied to "something else" -- (or, is it really being applied to this skeleton?))...
Yes, to the west -- away from the ocean. "But why does my compass point west to the ocean right there, when my map
shows the ocean is to the east???" Well -- this goes all the very first of the Elder Scrolls games, Arena, where the
sun was said to rise in the west and set in the east. Anyway... you're just going to have to get used to that backwards compass.
Well, when you go to the "west" (the "west" away from the ocean), there'll be more gold lying around by that LONG, huge skeleton.
Back at Saintsport, the smaller gazebo has an image of a bird engraved in it. You'll find half a dozen of these octagonal
bird-symbol plates around the island. Some with gazebos over them, and some without. You would never guess it -- but this is
one of the island's teleporter stations. If you spent some of your gold for a feather at Gerrick's Goods, and stood on this
"plate", facing due north, and equipped a feather, and offered it -- you would be teleported (by being transferred into a bird)
back to the teleporter in Stros M'Kai. On each teleporter, the "important thing" is the direction you're facing. Note the
markings around the edges. Well, it's a pleasant walk, anyway, back to Stros M'Kai.
The Draggin Tale
When you get back to the city, after talking to Tobias, in the Draggin Tale Inn, practice swordfighting with the three guys
sitting around the table. You (and they) won't get hurt, but you can work out techniques. (And Tobias will give you a health
potion when you next talk to him.) You can come back here over and over again, and practice your sword fighting, with no
damage to anyone. (No matter that Dreekius keeps worrying about the damage to his fixtures. Sure, you may break a bottle or
two, but he doesn't charge you for that.)
Orcs Blood Potion
Now, I mentioned that orc's blood. That is something you can also really use. Go to the Mage's Guild. Read the book on
the stand, where it says that orc's blood mixed with pig's sac provides extraordinary strength. (Ignore your thoughts on
what a gross mixture this is. Cyrus is going to have to drink it -- not you!) Then, go to the nearby shelves, and you will
find some pig's sac, which you can "examine". (Hint: any time the game tells you to "examine" something -- that almost always
means you can do something with it, if you equip the proper item.) Equipping: Hit "I" for Inventory -- then move your cursor
until you highlight the desired item, and then hit RETURN to equip it. Don't forget to re-equip your sword after you've
equipped something else. All right -- now that you're through examining the pig's sac -- equip your orc's blood flask, and
you will have a new option -- mix orc's blood with pig's sac. Do so -- and drink the mixture. Turn away from the shelf, until
the on-screen message says to use or drink it, and then use your "use key" (CTRL) to drink it. You will now have two icons
on your screen -- the same two (golden shield and silver fist), as if you'd taken both a potion of ironskin and one of strength.
Now, turn back towards the shelf, and fill your orc's blood vial once more, so you'll have a potion to take with you.
This potion may go bad after a while -- if so, drink it anyway, so you'll have room to refill it the next time you're
back at the mage's guild. Now, in battles, the combination of ironskin potion and strength potion works wonders. You'll
take only half the damage, and you'll destruct your enemies much faster, so you end up with very little damage to Cyrus.
Isle of N'Gasta
Well, now that you're getting along well, and are getting kinda tired of all this talking, this may be a good time to go to the
Isle of N'Gasta and get the amulet. You don't have to deliver it to the palace for quite a while afterwards (and, in fact, it's
best not to) - but you'll get quite a bit of gold and potions in fighting those easy-to-fight skeleton warriors.
Ignore the zombies - you can't kill them permanently, and they don't have anything on them, anyway. You'll learn quite a bit
more from N'Gasta, and when you come back, you can talk some more, and then you are ready for exploring places like the Dwarven
Mines and the Goblin Caverns. You will get the background for what it is you're going to find there from diverse places, such
as the Temple and the Observatory, as well as from many other people around town. The game has many puzzles. Many of them are
associated with the people - you want something, and you have to go to someone else, who wants something in return for the item
or information. So, you have to keep going around and around.
Get five pieces to the map to the Flask of Lillandril. (Getting them involves solving such puzzles.) The map to the Flask,
as you soon learn, has been divided into four quarters -- there's also a fifth map that you're going to have to get.
Hint: buy all books that may be appropriate. It won't hurt you to buy all of them -- you'll soon realize what a pain
it is, anyway, to spend all the gold you're picking up -- and there's a limit as to the various things that there are
for sale. Talk to Gerrick - he can tell you quite a bit about that Rollo guy. And, talk to his parrot - that involves
another puzzle to figure out how to get that parrot to open up. Afterwards, talk to the Silversmith. Then talk to Lakene.
You'll soon find yourself immersed in things to do. Then, talk to the guys in the Bell Tower and the Watch Tower.
Oh -- they're telling you about things they want? Be sure to fulfill their wants. It will take a thorough exploration
of their places -- but a very rewarding one, as you find things like a nice little chest of gold, and other items.
Go down the stairs to the basement behind Maiko, the mapmaker. Figure out how to get the guy in there to open up the door
and let you come in and talk to him. Go north of town. Talk to the gypsies. It will be quite a while before they will really
open up - much later in the game - but you might as well get introduced to them. Talk to the snake charmer. That's another
little puzzle in itself, as to how to get his attention - but, he's a street musician... And, what gets the notice of any street
musician (as well as his gratitude)? When you're tired of talking to people, go and explore the countryside some more. Even
go explore some *major* underground areas. The Goblin Caverns. The Dwarven Mines (or Dwarven Ruins, as some will refer to it
-- two names for the same place.) The Goblin Caverns? Go to the park. Look up at the waterfall. Notice what looks like a
platform near the top? Well, go out of Stros M'Kai through the arch, and up the road to the bridge. From the middle of the
bridge, jump into the river towards the city. Notice how I'm avoiding saying "east" and "west"? Swim towards the city. Soon
you will plunge over the waterfall, and land on the platform. There's a rope leading down into the Goblin Caverns.
*Hint* If you have to jump down a huge drop, a large-enough mushroom can cushion your fall -- and even bounce you up again
high enough to get somewhere else. And, while you normally can't "steer" Cyrus when he's in the air from a jump, you can
if he's bouncing off of something. To get to the Dwarven Mines, follow Erasmo's advice at the Observatory. "Go west, young
man, go west!" Well, just as Horace Greeley's advice was good over a century ago, when America was opening up, so is Erasmo's,
today. Better yet, from the Observatory, go north, until the blacktopping ends on the road. Then, go due west (the "west" that's
away from the ocean), towards the large statue you'll see.
That statue, when you get to it, is facing in the approximate direction of an old road that winds its way up around the
mountain in the extreme southwest corner of the map, until it gets to the flat area about halfway up on the southside of
the mountain. On the map, you'll see a black spot on the north side of the flat area -- that is the entrance to the Dwarven Mines.
You can't mistake the area, once you get to it -- it will have two large doors, and some yellow machinery, and some yellow
boxes of Dwarven artifacts, and a sign telling you that this is an Empire Archeological site, and NO TRESPASSING is allowed.
And, there will be a bunch of guards who will try to prevent you from exploring further there. Oh - and, by the way, it's a
long way to get there. So, go to J'Ffer's Bookshop, and buy a book to take along with you to read when you get there. He
has one on the Dwarven language and alphabet -- highly recommended. It's a long way back to town to go back and get it, if
you don't bring it with you.
Running jumps are easy. Just run along, and hit the jump key (or button, depending on your controller device) at the last second.
Standing forward jumps are necessary at times. Practice on a large, level, flat, safe area. Hit the jump key/button and the forward
arrow/button simultaneously. Practice until you've gotten this down well.
When you're near a rope and want to climb it, hit the forward-arrow key (I'll say "key" from now on, although it might be a
button on your controller) and your jump key. Then use your up and down arrow keys to climb up and down the rope.
Use your down-arrow key to get to the bottom of the rope (Cyrus can't fall off with that key). Use the left and right arrow keys
to make him swing. Hold down one until he gets as far as he's going to in that direction, and then switch, and hold down the other
arrow key while he's going the other way, to build up his momentum. Switch back and forth as appropriate, until he builds up quite
a swing. When he's really swinging wildly, at the end of one of his forward swings, hit the jump key and the forward arrow key,
and he'll really sail towards the next rope/ledge/whatever.
Changing Direction on a Rope
Before you start him swinging, you can use the ALT plus a left- or right-arrow key, to turn him on the rope. You can also use the
SHIFT plus a left- or right-arrow key to aim his whole general direction. Anyway - get him lined up with where you want him to
jump to, when he's through swinging, and then start the swinging process. Sometimes, if he's got to jump from a rope to a tunnel
or a high doorway, you'll have to start him higher on a rope, but other than that, move him all the way to the bottom of the
rope before you start him swinging.
Well, at some point, after you have done some exploring of various places, you will want to go to the palace and return the amulet.
As I said before, after you get out of there, every guard in town and on the island will attack you on sight. But, you will have
covered most of the topics you need to with people outside buildings, and when you want to get from one place to another, just
trot on by them (if you don't want to attack them) -- they can hardly ever hit you while you are running along. One other thing
-- whenever Cyrus is on dangerous ledges, by lava channels, etc., you can go into "walk mode" by holding down the SHIFT key (or
toggling between RUN and WALK modes with your TAB key). Then, Cyrus will not step past any point that's "safe". (Even if it's
into a lava river, and his boots look like they're on fire -- it's still a safe place.)
At times, you will need to "pace" to find things. Like Iszara's gold. Like the Flask of Lillandril. To "pace", go into walk mode
(by toggling with the TAB key, or by holding the SHIFT key down). Then, hold the forward-arrow key down (or whatever its equivalent
is on your gamepad, if you are using one), and count the paces as Cyrus walks ahead. Counting by two's is easiest -- whenever Cyrus
puts his right (or his left) foot down.
Sound and Graphics Problems
If the speech starts breaking up -- save the game and exit. Exit Windows and reboot. Then reload Redguard and your saved game. (That
will clear the buffers, which have become filled, and can then cause that staticy speech.) If the game is playing too slowly under
software emulation mode, then you'll have to do what I had to do -- get a Voodoo II card, and uninstall Redguard, and install it
with 3dfx chosen. And, I got some more memory, too -- 96 megs of RAM is really about the minimum to run Redguard satisfactorily.
Remember -- games saved under software emulation mode are not loadable by Redguard installed with the 3dfx mode chosen.
Don't mess with the video options -- accept whatever installation gives you. I've messed up enough games by changing the video
resolution, and had to re-install Redguard afterwards to get it to play acceptably again. If your game crashes on exiting certain
areas -- or if you find yourself exiting an area and sliding uncontrollably down a hillside, where you get stuck -- ask on the
board here for a way around it -- someone here can generally tell you how to get safely to the next place you should be getting to.
If you come to a large dark object in the Goblin Caves that you can't really make out -- light a torch, or turn up your gamma
correction (if you find that option available), or turn up your monitor brightness -- if you still can't make it out, ask on the
board, here, and, again, we can tell you what you need to do there. What's necessary is, on many people's systems, impossible to
see, because of the darkness at that point.
Warning Major Spoilers Follow
(Some "STRONG HINTS and SPOILERS" for difficult areas in the game. Don't read these ahead of time -- only when you get stuck on
a puzzle, and want some hints. Various sites discussed are prefixed by an all-caps indication of the general area, so you can find
a particular area of interest, withough having to read hints and spoilers for other areas.)
This section covers the game's more difficult problems in the following areas:
When you first enter, you will see two dead explorers, and several "laser traps". Ignore them. Look up, and you will see a cave-like entrance -- that's where you
have to go. It takes jumping and climbing, and then jumping some more, until Cyrus is hanging from a crack, and can work his way across to where he can drop
down to that cave opening. (This process is called "shimmying".) Whenever it looks like you can't go any further in the Dwarven Mines -- look up. Jump up. (Or,
try something different.) :)
The Beetle puzzle: Oh, boy. This one is tough. I'll give some hints -- if they aren't enough, ask for a spoiler walkthrough.
General principles of the beetle. The beetle needs to stand up and hold the back chain, to keep the exit open.
To change this "beetle transformer" into the proper shape to make it do that, there are four things which have to be unfolded from
Trigger points for the unfoldings:
- Head assembly
- Leg assembly
- Left arm
- Right arm
Once they are unfolded, then you have to turn the beetle to fold its legs back in. (Be CAREFUL, now, since those free-swing arms can grab the side chains --
and you've seen what happens with those stakes (and the guys caught between them) when those chains are pulled! (So, when you step on the pressure plate,
and it goes down -- get off of it real quickly!) Then, jump on a leg to cause the leg assembly to fold back in.
Now, keep turning the beetle until those arms come together in front, and lock together, so they will be able to hold the back chain.
Then, turn the beetle so that you can go to the back area and jump on that leg-unfolding trigger again, and unfold his legs once more.
Now, when you turn the beetle, it will stand up and hold the back chain, so that it will keep the exit door to the Mines open for you.
- Head. Those green "pincers" sticking straight up when you first see the beetle. Flip the beetle a couple of times (by standing on the pressure plate between
the stakes right by the entrance) so that they go to the back, and go back and jump on the beetle, and then work your way down to where you can step onto
one of them. (Alternate --after turning the beetle a couple of times, jump on the back chain, and then jump onto the head, and walk north off of it, to get the head assembly to
- Legs. Turn the beetle, and go back and jump on the "nose" there with the big green dot on it. (Green is an indication of a trigger point on the beetle.)
- Arms. When the legs are down, turn the beetle, so that it stands up. Then go up to the sides and jump to the little green "plates" sticking out of its sides,
extending almost to the side walkways.
Dwarven Steam Pipes
Once you get outside the Mines, you will cross those very high bridges you could see when you were in the canyon below, on your way to Saintsport, or
wherever. On the far side, to the north, is a complex of pipes -- with wheels to move the pipes from one destination to another.
After crossing the bridges, first, go to the "back" (north, down the stairs, and across a lava stream) -- jump across and turn the wheel on the "equipment" there.
This will start steam flowing through the pipes. Now, the whole purpose of this area is to get the steam flowing back into the Dwarven Mines below.
Especially to one particular room that has similar horizontal and vertical pipes, that you passed through. That room had a doorway way up in its wall, by a chain
-- and you had no way of getting to it. So -- now, you need to turn on the steam and connect the pipes, so that you will be able to get to that doorway back down there.
Anyway... Notice that when you turn the wheel and turn on the pump, and get steam to start flowing through the pipes, that the spinners on top start turning, and
the platforms come down halfway? Notice, also, that when you are by the stairs and you look straight up, that there are some slots in the highest upper walkway, and there are some short pieces of
pipe that extend only halfway across. If they extended all the way across, they would then connect the piping in this area with the pipes running back across the
bridge, going to the underground part of the Mines. Well -- guess what. You're going to have to get onto that upper walkway, where the wheels controlling those pipes are.
Notice that there's only one "platform" up there, by the stairs, leading up to that upper walkway. (And, that "half platform" hasn't come down at all.)
So -- what you want to do is to get enough platforms to come down all the way, so that you can get onto one by the "equipment" in the back (north) and jump
from there to a platform, and then from platform to platoform, until you can get to the one on the center vertical pipe by the stairs, which you've managed to
unfold all the way down flat. You can do this only by moving a (one) pipe so that all the steam flows through one side of the piping.
And, you have to move one pipe by the stairs, so that all the steam goes into the central pipe.
Then, you can go back to the "equipment", and jump up on it, and jump from platform to platform, until you can get to the upper walkway, and connect those
two small "coupler pipes" to the piping below. Afterwards, come back down, and re-connect the pipes the way they were originally (and, according to the diagram that you see in the wall to your right as you
came across the bridges originally). You will see movies at times, of the results of this, as to how the things you do affect that underground room that you now need to go back to.
Signalling (according to the hints in Erasmo's talks at the Observatory) will bring a ship to the dock there, to take you to their hideout.
When in the League hideout, Izara's lodge is at the opposite end of the island (cove) from Basil.
To open Izara's journal, note those drops at the ends of the thorns look kinda like... What is the thing that Basil gave you? Have you used it?
Remember -- Cyrus is Iszara's only living blood relative.
You need to be turned into a gremlin, by Archmage Jaganvir to get into the jail. He will do that only when he becomes angered by your talking to Falicia about soulstones.
That topic will not be triggered with her, until you have escaped from the Catacombs, signalled from the lighthouse, and have gone to the Restless League
hideout. When to talk to Joto in the jail, notice that as you say something when you pick a topic -- when you pick another topic, you will repeat what you said for the first topic, and then what you will
say for the second topic. Your goal here is to construct a simple English-sounding sentence from the words and syllables that you "say" for the various topics.
So, write down the words and sysllables you say for each topic. Now, look at them, and come up with the ones which will make that simple English-sounding sentence.
A sentence that will tell Joto what you want him to do. Remember -- Joto is a powerful mage, like the mage that made you change into a gremlin.
You will not use all the topic items in forming your sentence.
Flask of Lillandril
You need the four quarters that the map has been divided into. You need a fifth map of the area, that Maiko will make for you, if you have the appropriate book to give him.
(It's a book that J'Ffer has in his Bookshop, that relates to the Flask.)
When you have the four pieces, then you need to figure out the order to put them in. (Do this in Real Life. On a Real piece of paper, using a Real pencil.) :)
The order is: Silver ship, Iszara's, Joto's, Trithik's piece of the map. Then, you need to determine the orientation of that map. (North is NOT to the top.)
The ancients worshipped the sun -- especially when it was rising, apparently -- so, they placed west at the top of their maps. (Remember, the sun rises in the
west in Tamriel.) So -- starting at the Shrine of Leki (that larger gazebo-like structure in Saintsport, with her picture at the top of it, that matches the picture of St. Leki in the book
Redguard Hsitory at J'Ffer's Booshop), when you put the four map pieces together properly and see that you need to step 63 paces to the west) -- do so. Then,
turn and pace to the south (except you will slide down the hill there, and so can't count paces in that direction).
(As Cyrus steps off of the steps on the Shrine, you will lose the view for a little bit -- ignore that, and just do the best you can in keeping track of the number of
paces.) (As for pacing to the south, when he slides down that sand dune -- never mind -- just dig there, where you end up, and if you don't find the Flask, move closer
to the "right-angle corner" there, and dig.)
Second Visit to N'Gasta
Get some elixer from the big cauldron. Throw it into the pit. Watch the explosions! Get some more elixer. Throw it into the pit. Jump in a second or two later. Die.
Restore. Get some more elixer. Throw it into the pit. Jump in a slightly different time later, and ride the explosion up to the second level.
When fighting N'Gasta don't use your sword! It won't affect N'Gasta at all. Instead, equip the Flask of Lillandril. Catch his magic spells in it, and throw them back at him.
To create the portal, follow the extremely cryptic instructions in the book there, for mixing three potions, which you pour on the floor in that area of red lines.
(Do not save and restore during this process, or it won't work.)
The key is color coding:
"The jacinth [orange - orc's blood] wakes the rising sun [yellow - amber]
"And snow [white - unicorn's horn] blankets the grass [green - hist sap],
"But night [black - ectoplasm] o'ertakes the mid-day sky [blue - daedra's heart],
"And the gate is opened last."
Note -- this is just my own interpretation -- for all I know, daedra's hearts may be black, and ectoplasm, blue.
You have to (a) ask the right riddle, and (b) then pick the right door, from the answer. Otherwise, both doors will lead to death.
The only riddle that works is the one that both guards will answer exactly the same to, whether you pick the truth-telling guard,
or the liar. That riddle is, "Which door would the other guard tell me is correct?" Then -- go through the OTHER door, than the one that the guard tells you.
(A little analysis will show you why this works. Start with what the truth-telling guard would say, if you happened to pick him -- and, then, see what you come up
with if you happen to ask the liar. In both cases, you will end up with the same (wrong) door indicated.)
Original Text Written by Ranger - Ranger-J@altavista.net.
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