The Road To Ruin
|The Road To Ruin
|Main Story Quests
21Medium Weapon Resonance Cache
2000Reward Tower XP
Avala wants you to enter the ancient mine of Bal Duum and seek a mysterious conduit that bears a connection to the Heart of the Woods.
Avala has informed you that the Reavers are, in fact, a combination of Flora as well as Gloom energies. She believes the Heart of the Woods is the source of their power, and they are consuming the Gloom to feed it and the Reaver King. She wants you to enter Bal Duum and seek a mysterious conduit that bears a connection to the Heart of the Woods.
Clear Dark Rituals.
- Heart of Darkness
- City on a Hill
- Into the Unknown
- The Gloom Dagger
- The Descent
- Tangled Webs
- Controlling the Chaos
- What Lurks in the Shadows
- Eyes to See
- Walking in Shadows
- Distress Beacon
- The Fallen Shrike
- Into the Pit
- Source of the Slime
- A Bargain at the Crossroads
- The Trial of Lingering Light
- Ruins of Aurelian
- Remnants of the Past
- The Archon Assault
- Fallen Archon
- The Bloodworks
- The Fall of the Silver Codex
- Finding the First
- Bad Omens
- Lighting the Flame
- The Lost Colony
- The Shrouded Woods
- Shadows Over Deepwood
- The Devil You Know
- The Hidden Heart
- Lies Within Lies
- A Champion's Blood
- The Ring of Blood
- Dark Rituals
- The Road To Ruin
- The Hollow Heart
- Roots of Evil
- The Final Battle
- Phase 1
- Enter Bal Duum Using the Flora and Shadow Imbuements
- Phase 2
- Find the Gloom Tear in Bal Duum While Using the Flora and Shadow Imbuements
- Phase 3
- Gather Information From the Gloom Tear
- Phase 4
- Return to Avala in Deepwood Holt
- Phase 5
- Craft the Gloomtrace for the Dread Legion
- Phase 6
- Defeat the Dread Legion in Bal Duum
- Phase 7
- Speak with Seeker Avala in Deepwood Holt
- Phase 8
- Speak to Graymourn in Deepwood Holt
How versed are you with basic arcane theory? Oh, I'll just run through it. All magic manipulates fundamental elements. Order and Chaos, Radiant and Shadow… twelve we know of so far.
The Gloom is an overwhelming force of Chaos and Shadow. It consumes, corrupts, and transforms. Gloomtouched creatures channel these elements. The Reavers, however…
What about the Reavers?
The Reavers are infused with the Gloom, with Shadow and Chaos. But there's a third element at work—Flora. That's the basic power of growth, of nature.
The Reavers are tied to nature?
Well, they were. Now… In that ritual, they were CONSUMING the Gloom, like a plant feeding on shadow instead of sunlight. In doing so they became stronger, but also less human.
But here's the REALLY interesting part: They're drawing that Flora energy from an outside source—and the Gloom they're consuming flows back through it. It's as if they're feeding something.
Maybe! I think the Heart of the Woods is the source of their power—and they're channeling the Gloom energy back into it. To the Reaver King? To control the Heart? I don't know yet.
But there is an arcane conduit—a channel of elemental energy operating on an etheric level. If we can isolate it, we might be able to find a connection to the Heart of the Woods.
Where do I begin?
You remember that old mine, Bal Duum? I've been studying your previous expeditions and there's an anomalous concentration of Flora energy. It could be a conduit to the Heart.
So I just return to Bal Duum?
No! No no no. I need you to dig deeper, metaphysically speaking. I need you to use Shadow and Flora imbuements via your Dagger—to enter an echo of Bal Duum attuned to those powers.
If I'm right, you should find some sort of conduit—it might look like a Gloom Tear or Breach? I imagine you'll also find mushrooms. Lots and lots of mushrooms.
So imbue your Dagger, enter Bal Duum, and do try to stay alive! We'll see what you find.
Oooh, perfect. I can sense the flow of energies. Search for a Breach, and don't eat any mushrooms. Curious as I am as to their effects, we must focus on the task at hand.
Don't enter it! Instead, use your dagger as you normally would. I can use the information collected from the Tear.
That should do it. I'll need to study your Dagger—come back to Deepwood Holt. And seriously—don't eat the mushrooms!
Marvelous, Wayfinder... give me a moment... hmm...
What is it?
That flow of Flora energy is coming from the Heart of the Woods. But there's something—disrupting the focus, blocking the path. It must be dreadfully powerful! Oh, the things we might learn!
It must be a pure Gloom manifestation of some kind. It doesn't feel like the work of the Reaver King; it's like someone else left this in our way. Regardless, we can't proceed until it's gone.
You'll have to enter the conduit directly and destroy the obstacle. I'm not sure if it's a creature or a barrier? Either way, we should be able to use its essence to forge a connection.
Oh, I wish we had time to collect more samples. But, time is pressed. Bring its essence back to Deepwood, and let's see what we can do.
Oh! You returned much quicker than I hoped. I was still preparing something of a spiel. You see, this is exactly what we need, but… I don't actually know what to do with it.
What do you mean?
So, you've cleared the path. There is most definitely a conduit to the Heart of the Woods, but I've never actually been there and therefore can't create a connection for you.
So, what do I do?
We'll need the assistance of an arcanist who's actually been to the Heart of the Woods. And, well, there's only one person who fits that description.
Um, yes. Could you go talk to her? I may or may not have tested an acidic solution on a bramble just outside of Deepwood that I later learned she was quite fond of.
I'll do it.
Oh, thank goodness. I was told she would string me among the trees if she caught sight of me. Best of luck to you...
I have been watching you, Echo. It seems... I was mistaken. Your tattered ghos—your Omen—was wise to send you to this Seeker. Let me see the essence you found.
Such foulness. There is no soul here—just pure malevolence carefully woven into matter. This isn't the work of Aturach. Something far older made this monster.
Your Seeker has keen eyes for one so young and... fragmented. The Heart of the Woods has long been a blessing for the Woodwen, the source of our primal power.
These rituals, these sacrifices in the Bone Orchard... they are channeling the essence of your Gloom back into the Heart. Just to Aturach, or for some fouler purpose? We must know the answer.
But the path, the path is clear. I can feel the power of the Heart. You have your connection. It is time to enter the Heart of the Woods.