Ruins of Gianthold
This page is dedicated to the Dungeons and Dragons Online Exploration Area called the Ruins of Gianthold. This area is available to DDO characters level 10 through 18. The normal level difference penalties for questing do not apply for parties in adventure areas. The Ruins of Gianthold are reachable from Gianthold and contains the quest series for Gianthold Tor. You can get to Gianthold by speaking to an NPC in the Marketplace. There are 3 Slayer Quests, 20 Exploration Points, and 10 Rare Encounters in this zone.
There are several areas I use as reference points when describing locations. There is the Storm's Eye area (eye area for short) in the Northwest corner of the map. There is the Storm's Fist area (fist area for short) in the Norteast corner of the map. There is the Storm's Heart area (heart area for short) in the South center of the map. There is the cat area (named after the demon cats there) on the West side, between the eye area and the heart area, bordered by a lava river. These locations should be fairly easy to spot when looking at the map.Explorer Quest
Each location is worth 400 experience. Finding all 20 locations is worth 2000 experience.
Find the Fields of Immolation: Located at the pools of lava in the middle of the cat area.
Find the Gate of Shavarath: Located in the Southwest corner of the cat area. Be careful of the two sets of massive spawns of demon cats.
Find Crystal Spin Peak: Just as you cross over the lava river going from the cat area to the eye area, if you follow the right-hand wall, you'll go up a trail. This location is at the top, along with a mindflayer.
Find the Aurum Supply Depot: Located in the center of the Northern portion of the eye area. Follow the road as though going to the circular building in the middle of the eye area. Just before the lava bridge, head Northeast until you get to the North edge of the map. Go up the hill to the east and you'll see a bunch of barrels and boxes. This is the location. If you break all of the boxes and crates, a named dwarf may spawn, though he's not on the rare encounters list.
Find Gnoll's Breath Ridge: From the entrance, jump off the East side of the bridge, onto the path. Follow the path northeast clear across the fist area. Just before the smaller square building, there will be a ramp up to the South. Follow this ramp/path and when there is a branch off to your left (Southwest), go that way. You'll find the location and potentially a rare encounter.
Find Bleeding Rock Falls: Located in the lava (you can get it by just standing on the shore) in the Northwest corner of the fist area.
Find the Beast And The Brothers: From the entrance, jump off the West side of the bridge, and you can land on the closest statue. That's one of the brothers and will give you the exploration credit.
Find the Brother Who Holds The Horn: From the entrance, jump off the West side of the bridge and follow the path West. When it forks, follow it South. When the path turns a right angle to the East, the brother is the large statue you can see to the South.
Find the Doomed Brother: Located in the South center of the heart area, on the map you mostly see the dragon statue surrounded by a small pool of lava.
Find the Father Victorious: From the entrance, follow the path to the East all the way to the East edge of the map. Head south, following the East wall and there is a statue of a giant and a dragon fighting. This is the location.
Find Storm's Heart Summit: From the entrance, follow the path to the East all the way to the East edge of the map. Head south, following the left-hand wall. This will take you South, past a statue, and the East, past a large tent. Keep going and the way will make a sharp U-turn and head upward. At the end is a cloud giant's camp and this location.
Find the entrance to the Crucible: This is the large square building in the fist area, surrounded by lava. Follow the directions to Gnoll's Breath Ridge and then keep heading North, rather than taking the branch to the ridge.
Find the entance to the Prison of the Planes: This is the large circular building in the center of the eye area. The path leads right to it.
Find the entrance to the Madstone Crater: Located in the far Southeast of the heart area.
Find the entrance to the Aurum Lair: Located in the Northwest corner of the eye area.
Find the entrance to the Hobgoblin Lair: Located in the smaller square building in the fist area.
Find the entrance to the Minotaur Lair: Located on the ground level of the Southwest corner of the heart area.
Find the entrance to the Orc Lair: Located in the Northwest corner of the fist area, along the North wall.
Find the entrance to the Rakshasa Lair: Located in the Northeast corner of the eye area, on the ground level.
Find the entrance to the Troll Lair: Located in the center of the South edge of the map, in the heart area.
Rare Encounters Quest
Each encounter is worth 800 experience. Completing all 10 encounters is worth 4000 experience.
Slay Expedition Leader Brazwold: (CR 16) When entering the eye area (either from teleporting in or from the cat area), stay to the East side of the lava. If you follow it North, you'll see a long corridor along the Eastern wall. This encounter is at the end of the corridor. He is a dwarf and may be accompanied by Ragath, but will only leave one chest.
Slay Zakya Master Ragath: (CR 16) When entering the eye area (either from teleporting in or from the cat area), stay to the East side of the lava. If you follow it North, you'll see a long corridor along the Eastern wall. This encounter is at the end of the corridor. He is a rakshasa actually named Lord Ragath. He may be accompanied by Brazwold, but will only leave one chest.
Slay Pride Leader Xilic: (CR 15) Located at the Gate of Shavarath point of interest. It is a dire lion-like demon.
Slay Yaga Cracked-Bow: (CR 16) Located at the Gnoll's Breath Ridge point of interest. He is a drow archer.
Slay Uthger of Runetusk: (CR 16) Located at the largest tent in the ridge that runs along the East side of the heart area. He is an ogre magi.
Slay Tarmor Stonehoof: (CR 16) On the upper level, above the minotaur lair in the far Southwest of the heart area. He is a minotaur caster.
Slay Captain Two-Stone: (CR 16) From the entrance, follow the path East to the edge of the map. Follow the path North into the fist area, staying along the East wall. When the path starts to curve West, there will be a ramp to the left leading to a small area with a fire. This stone giant is located there.
Slay Lord Jax: (CR 16) Follow the East side of the cat area to the South and there will be a bridge over the lava. Cross the bridge and continue down the path. This fire giant is at the end of it.
Slay Lord Cirrus: (CR 16) Located at Storm's Heart Summit point of interest. He is a cloud giant.
Slay Clan-Chief Ogh: (CR 16) Located east of the Father Victorious point of interest, just past the natural archway. He is a hill giant.