After having some rather scrappy nights in the Achatlan Caves and Khegor’s End, I was eager to find a nice spot where there were decent quests, nice views, and it didnt’ feel like every pull was going to bring 12 mobs. The Fallen Lyceum was the perfect spot for all of that and more!
Above: The Fallen Lyceum of Ingolas, from the top of Blightbringer’s Beacon.
The Fallen Lyceum of Ingolas, according to the lore, was a school for the High Elf sages that has been taken over by followers of Kaon, which has caused the school to become a chaotic mess of magic. The main building even broke away from the land, and floats overhead on a chunk of rock, and which is the reason for the deep waterfall chasm of Kaon’s Rush that runs below the Lyceum.
The High Elves set up an outpost, named Arlinora’s Retreat, in an effort to deal with the mess. A group of human casters, named the Sages Arcane, have also established themselves in the area, to the annoyance of the High Elves. While the Sages Arcane claim to want to help, their real desire is to study and master the magic that the renegade elves have unleashed.
Above: A peek inside one of the buildings at the Lyceum. Yes, that’s snow, indoors. Those whacky Kaon Sages!
I met up with a few guildies – Faunis, Orkoh, and Andaraiel, and checked out the quests offered at the Retreat. You will see two quest NPCs standing side by side, one a high elf and one a human sage, and you can only take quests from one of them. I chose to help the Sages Arcane, because I was told the other quest line was broken, but honestly I’d much prefer to help the humans than high elves anyway. I’m tired of asking a dozen Leth Guards where something is, and having them blow me off by telling me to go see the Psionicist trainer!
While there, I also grabbed a side quest to kill undeads at Deathsummoner’s Tomb. While there, I got yet another side quest from a guy in one of the vaults that sent me to Blightbringer’s Beacon. There’s a full listing of all the Kaon’s Rush quests found here.
While those quests were fun and decent exp for me at level 15, the real fun was inside the Lyceum. The courtyard is filled with lava and ice elementals, and pulling there is pure vanilla, and such a breath of fresh air after the hell pulls in Achatlan and Khegor’s.
Another side benefit to that area is that you can quarry the elementals after you kill them, so not only did my group get some decent experience, but we also had a quarry party. I forgot my pick axe so I couldn’t join in, but it certainly did look like quite the nerdy fun!
Above: Ok guys, I’m ready for another pull! Guys? GUYS! ……….sigh.
We finished the night with a nasty greeting from the sages inside one of the buildings. Hopefully we will be able to get inside and explore the next time we try it, and with any luck we’ll find the way to get up to the floating building. I’d really like to meet the people who have the ability to make snow indoors! I could use a little of it right now.
Above: Faunis, Orkoh, Andaraiel, and I take on Frigidar!
Tip of the day: When you cross the scary rope bridge spanning across Kaon’s Rush, you have to jump over a “hole” near one side of the bridge. My groupmates warned me, so I jumped as instructed, and promptly landed ON the hole, fell through the bridge, and landed in the water below. Amazingly, I lived, but make sure to be more careful than I was!
Cool spot of the day: If you are in Arlinora’s Retreat, there is a little crystal near one of the stairwells, and if you click it, it warps you up to the stairs. Follow that up, waaaay up, and you get one of the most spectacular views in Thestra. It’s a great spot to see Kaon’s Rush and the floating Lyceum. Thanks to Faunis for the tip!