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Zone Writer:Edit

Eagle

Directions:Edit

Just outside Skara Brae's east gate north of the road.  You know, past the catapults.

History:Edit

King DeGrance's stronghold deep in the heart of the forests near Skara Brae has been bombarded by assaults of the worst kind. All efforts at a diplomatic solution have failed, and the force sent across the Great Sea to return with reinforcements has never returned. In the bowels of the castle, the wisest of men practice their arcane arts in hopes of saving their king, and immortalizing themselves.

Mobs of Note:Edit

Wounded minotaur (clues to finding Doom), Cagliostro (Philosopher's Stone), Nurse ("Plaque Slayer" runed sword), King deGrance (woman's diamond ring), Queen deGrance (man's diamond ring, silky auburn hair bracelet), The Black Knight (longbow), The Royal Blacksmith (Smith's Hammer), The Vault Protector (onyx memorial stones), Armor-clad Fighters (iron girth), Brave Knights (Silver Platemail),  Altotus' greyhound (jeweled collar), Wei Po-Yang (kau-sin ke).
The zone writer originally wrote the area with a King and Queen "Le Grance" but it was implemented by JediMUD instead as "de Grance."

General Zone Strategies:Edit

The armored knights are aggressive and have memory.  The elite guards each block in a single direction, so if you can scare  them into the same room, then have one toss the other into the proper configuration, you can run the keep for the entire uptime without the hassle of killing them.
This elite blocks down:
An elite guardsman stands here, protecting.
Note the comma.  Generally, I kill the east blocking elite first (no comma in description), then get my B30 to scare the "here, protecting" elite west, where he can no longer block.
Count Cagliostro (Giuseppe Balsamo) steps forward, so your squad is useless down there. 
Geber, Hermes Trismegistus, Altotus,and his student, Paracelsus, are standard mobs.  These great Alchemists, precusors to modern science, are all super wimpy, so be prepared to chase them down at the finish of melee.  And no, the doors don't close.  
On the other hand, Wei-Po Yang is a magic user mob and will area, toss, and point at you, as well as qhealing and preventing flee.
Altotus' greyhound eats corpses.  The Count doesn't have memory.  None of the lab mobs assist.  Wei-Po and the Count prevent flee.  Be prepared.
Bring a picking thief for the vault protector and his onyx memorial stones.

Equipment:Edit

ITEM ZONE MOB MOB TYPE L ML CLASS TAGS AL AC AVG SAC ACM HIT DAM STR INT WIS DEX CON CHA MOV SS OTH HP MAN REGEN CONSTRUCTIBLE COMMENTS
breast plate, shiny new Sieged Castle brave knight body 12 !mctnrb 25 0 -4
onyx memorial stones Sieged Castle vault protector body 5 !m !e 0 2 2 5% ephod
longbow Sieged Castle archer fire-weapon 13 !c 3D5 9 0 15 / 6
longbow Sieged Castle black knight fire-weapon 13 !cwpanjs 15D3 30 0 15 / 5
stone, philosopher's Sieged Castle Count Cagliostro light 20 0 30 30 10%
ring, man's diamond Sieged Castle Queen De Grance ring L 15 !twpn e!g 0 7 1 6
ring, woman's diamond Sieged Castle King De Grance ring 0 0 1 1
shield, dented templar Sieged Castle Royal Blacksmith shield 12 !mcjsrb !n 5 0 8%
girth, iron Sieged Castle brave knight waist 10 !mtn 8 1 -3 1
hammer, smith's Sieged Castle Royal Blacksmith weapon 13 !mtns 3D5 9 0 enchantable
longbow Sieged Castle weapon 13 !c 3D5 9 0
bracelet, tightly-woven silky auburn hair Sieged Castle Queen De Grance wrist L 22 !mcb !e 1 -1 3 -4


Maps:Edit

Sieged

Dank's hand-drawn map with annotations of the Sieged Castle, c. 1994.