The Sands of Menechtarun
(The Demon Sands)
This page is dedicated to the Dungeons and Dragons Online Exploration Area called the Sands of Menechtarun. This area is available to DDO characters level 8 through 15. The normal level difference penalties for questing do not apply for parties in adventure areas. The Menechtarun Desert is reachable from Zawabi's Refuge and contains the quest series for the Demon Queen. You can get to Zawabi's Refuge by either doing the Caravan quest from House Phiarlan or taking a boat from the spire in the Marketplace. There are 3 Slayer Quests, 25 Exploration Points, and 16 Rare Encounters in this zone.
There are several areas I use as reference points when describing locations. There is the undead area West of the entrance, where the tombs are located. There are the undead ruins in the far Northwest corner. The gnoll town, which is a little built up area in a dead end section immediately Southeast of the entrance. There is the scar, which is a deep crevice runs from the Northeast corner in a Southwesterly direction. There is the spiral on the far Souteast side. There is the fire mountain that is the dominant feature on the Southwest side. These locations should be fairly easy to spot when looking at the map.Explorer Quest
Each location is worth 350 experience. Finding all 25 locations is worth 2187 experience.
Find Windlasher Canyon: Located South of the entrance, there is a road that leads strait through this canyon.
Discover the Submerged Road: Located West of the fire mountain is a body of water that marks this feature.
Discover the Asperous Flats: Located at the entry point of the undead ruins, this is marked by crystals sticking out of the sand.
Find the Gnoll Camp: Located at the West end of the shelf that runs on the North side of the undead area.
Find the Summoning Circle: Directly South from the entrance is a bridge that leads into the Windlasher gnolls' area. The circle is located to the left as you cross that bridge. Be careful because when you step on it an air elemental will spawn along with some gnolls.
Find the Windlasher Lookout: Past the summoning circle is a canyon that is the main home for the Windlashers. The lookout is located up the first ladder and following the ramps North along the East side. Be careful because a named gnoll spawns here too.
Discover Crag Plot: Located on the East side of the scar, this is a large grassy area with stone spikes sticking out of the ground.
Find the Dead End: Located on the West side of the North end of the scar. You get to it by crossing over the bridge to the East side of the scar and following the land North. There will then be a series of shelfs that you have to jump between, following the wall curving on the East side to the North.
Find the Paragon Plunge: Located overlooking the scar, on the West end of the switchback path immediately wouth of Crag Plot.
Discover the Assassin's Roost: Located on the Southern most bridge crossing the scar.
Discover the Crow's Nest: From the entrance, head South through Windlasher Canyon and then East along the road. You'll go through an underpass and then there will be a ramp up on your left. Follow this path until you get to the gate into the demon queen's area. On your left (East) will be a narrow path that winds up and around. At the end of that path you'll find this location.
Find the Collapsed Entrance: Located on the Northwest side of the fire mountain. Circle the mountain to get to the Southwest side. There will be an island connected by two bridges. Cross that island to get to the mountain. Follow the right-hand wall until it goes under a bridge and then up a hill. That's were the collapsed entrance is, and conveniently a shrine.
Find Panic Pass: Located spanning the scar, this is the narrow bridge you cross to get to the large grassy area on the East side of the scar.
Find the Burning Mountain Checkpoint: Located on the Southwest side of the fire mountain, this is on the island with two bridges leading to it.
Find the Desert Overlook: Southwest of the entrance, but before you get to the undead area, there are two oblong raised areas. This is on the Southern one.
Find the Firebrand Guards: Located at the end of a little U on the East side of the trail from the undead area toward the fire mountain.
Find the Tomb of the Astrologer: This is the Southwest building in the undead area.
Find the Tomb of the Physician: This is the Northwest building in the undead area.
Find the Firebrand Mines: Follow the road south from the undead area toward the fire mountain. The road will start going up and turn to the West. The mines are on the side of the mountain just after that turn.
Find the Vulkoorim Creche: Located at the bottom of the scar on the very North end of it.
Find the Fallen Shrine: Located just West of the entrance, this is at the North end of the sandy pass just before undead area.
Find the Vulkoor Spiral: Located at the bottom of the center of the spiral.
Find the Burning City: Located on a raised platform on the South side of the fire mountain. Circle the mountain to get to the Southwest side. There will be an island connected by two bridges. Cross that island to get to the mountain. Follow the left-hand wall/ledge up and across a bridge. Keep following it and you'll get there.
Find the Tomb of the Wizard-King: This is the largest building in the undead area, located in the center of the West side.
Find the Court of Lailat: Located in the center of the South side of the map, in an area by itself. From the entrance, head South through Windlasher Canyon and then East along the road. You'll go through an underpass and then there will be a ramp up on your left. Follow this path. It will wind around, lead you through two fire elementals, and then you'll get to the court.
Rare Encounters Quest
Each encounter is worth 700 experience. Completing all 16 encounters is worth 5600 experience.
Slay Stinkpelt: (CR 11) Located on the lowest level of the gnoll town, along the West wall. He's a dog.
Yurrugh the Swift: (CR 11) Located at the Windlasher Lookout in the Northeast corner of the gnoll town. He's a Windlasher gnoll.
Slay Den Mother Fheena: (CR 13) Located in the seperated area at the South of the gnoll town. Climb the Western-most ladder to get there. She's a Windlasher caster.
Slay Lieutenant Ayurro: (CR 11) Located on the Southeast side of the fire mountain. Get there by following the V-shaped path on the East side of the mountain, and he's at the end of it (same place as Commander Errulf). He's a Firebrand gnoll.
Slay Commander Errulf: (CR 13) Located on the Southeast side of the fire mountain. Get there by following the V-shaped path on the East side of the mountain, and he's at the end of it (same place as Lieutenant Ayurro). He's a Firebrand gnoll.
Slay Haraja the Firedancer: (CR 13) Located at the end of a little U on the East side of the trail from the undead area toward the fire mountain (same place as Firebrand Guards exploration). She's a Firebrand caster.
Slay Vorvand Darkfur: (CR 13) Located on the Southeast side of the fire mountain. Get there by heading toward the mines and following the path to the East along the mountain side. She's at the end of it and is a Firebrand caster.
Slay Utach Sandcrawl: (CR 11) Located in the Dead End (see exploration quest). Utach is a Drow sharpshooter.
Slay Workan-Kull: (CR 12) Located in the small flat grassy area just North of Crag Plot, on the East side of the scar. He's a Scarrow.
Slay Volrune the Curate: (CR 12) Located just north of the spiral in a corner with gray stones.
Slay Mendexethazz: (CR 12) Located just south of the spiral in an area with gray stones.
Slay Thumok the Mad: (CR 11) Located in the North of the two sets of ruins on the South side of the undead ruins. He's a mummy.
Slay Palumak the Scourer: (CR 11) Located on the flat platform on the South side of the undead area. He's a fire mephit.
Slay General Tanakh: (CR 13) Located in the Northwest of the undead ruins, in the ruins shaped like the corner of a building. He's a mummy.
Slay Whirling Ozann: (CR 12) Located in the Southern end of the sectioned off area of the West undead ruins. You can get to it through the a crevise in the Southern wall. He's an air elemental.
Slay The Thirsty One: (CR 12) Located in the South of the two sets of ruins on the South side of the undead ruins. He's a skeleton.