I started this write up a while back, and didn’t get around to polishing it off because I never got around to going back and properly doing this dungeon. But recently, I got a nice tell from Thearon, from the guild Asylum, and we ended up chatting about this very spot. It really is a great dungeon, and the irony is that tons of people have done the River Valley quests, and probably never set foot inside this amazing palace, full of eye candy and fun events.
Above: The garden atrium in River Palace.
If you are looking for River Palace, there are two ways to get there. One is to head through the Shidreth Mining tunnel (west of Ahgram), and across River Valley (just follow the river west). The other is to use the Riftway to get to the River Palace rift, and then either hike or fly up the eastern hill till you see it.
There are only four quests there that we found – two at the entry stairs, and two in the sewers, which can actually be repeated if you choose. What sets this place apart is the number of neat events that you can trigger, plus the fact that there are many spots in this palace that make you pause and stare a while.
When you enter the palace, you’ll see a large hall. Invis works everywhere in here, as far as we could tell. If you head through the door on the left, it takes you upstairs, which eventually leads to Erthena’s chamber. She is the Queen of the Palace, and her son is the lumpy Cyclops, Serpeus, who hangs around on the island just outside. Killing him ticks her off royally, and you’ll hear her shout “SSSssssssserpeus, my son!” That’s a clear signal that you’ve just spawned her, and she’s not going to welcome you with a hug.
Above: Serpeus, son of Erthena.
To reach her, you will need a key to her chamber. This is a rare drop from any mob in the palace, but you’re better off getting it by killing nameds – we got ours in the basement while doing the Erthgar Broodmother event. (more on that later) Thearon said his group got it from a named cat found upstairs, in a small room near the cat-filled balcony.
The upstairs is also where you’ll find the High Temptress, and I believe the corrupted wells are here also. Both are needed for one of the quests you pick up at the entry. I should mention that the mobs in here are all pretty much 4 dot mobs. They tend to start around mid 30s, with high 30s mobs the further in you go. So bring a group.
In addition to the fun upstairs, you can also visit the garden rooms, which can be found if you take the door on the right as you enter the palace. (North side I think). Be careful in here, because you’ll probably get some terrific chain aggro in here. We killed some of the trash mobs and had two neat discoveries – one was a strange gem that looks like some sort of quest item, and the other was the curse that the siren mobs cast on you, called Curse of Beauty, which literally turns you into a hag.
Above: Me, as a hag.
There are some clickable flowers in the garden wing of the palace. We didn’t have chance to try this yet, but apparently if you have any pristine flowers on you from those lovely flower quests in the valley, you can use them to trigger an event. If you have a pristine flower of each type on you, and you click on the flowers, it will start a ring event. There is a pedestal named the Eternal Fountain in here, and I believe that if you survive the waves of mobs, you are given an eternal flower. I’m guessing here, but clicking the fountain afterwards might lead to either some kind of boss encounter or a reward. Hopefully next time we check this out we won’t have such buggy aggro so that we can trigger the event, as well as figure out what that gem is for. (Ok, I really just want to go back so I can get some of my guildies turned into hags)
Tired of the beauty that surrounds you? Then jump down the well in the entry hall and visit the sewers! Just make sure to invis and cast lev before you do. While you can jump safely without lev, it’s a lot safer to grab one if you can, since you have to pretty much be spot on with your jump or you’ll smack the wall and die. The sewer pool is full of aggro mobs, both around the sides and in the water. If you swim to one side you’ll see a nook with another quest NPC. He offers two neat quests that lead to a couple of fun triggered events, and some nice rewards.
Above: The pool/entry room in the River Palace sewers. Hope that invis lasted the jump!
There are basically two routes in the sewers – north and south. Each quest has steps that involve both tunnels, so try to keep an eye on what you need while you explore. The North tunnel is full of walking clumps called Erthagon and tall walking mushrooms called Erthanid. The South tunnel is full of small serpents and giant tadpoles called Erthgar.
If you are working on the quest called “A Dangerous Proposition,” you have to kill the required number of mobs from the North tunnel, plus loot some nutrient lumps. When you get the required amount (I think it’s 10), you click on it to make a nutrient ball. At that point, you’ll need to head down the south tunnels, until you see a sparkly mist that floats you up into a tunnel, and drops down onto a platform surrounded by eggs. This is the Broodmother’s lair, and if you click on the egg it will summon her, along with about a dozen of her little broodlings. (Turn down your settings beforehand or risk a fierce lockup!)
Above: The Erthgar Broodmother.
There’s some decent loot from the event, and this is where we looted our key to Erthena’s chamber. Be careful, though, because our third time doing the event we got some wonky aggro from mobs under the platform, which caused them to warp on top of us. If you have time I recommend clearing under the platform before starting the event.
Above: The Ravenous Erthanid Sporebeast, in the sewers of River Palace.
If you are working on the quest called “Clearing the Way,” you have to kill a bunch of Erthgar from the south tunnels, loot a random drop egg, and then use the egg to spawn a named Erthanid in a mushroom filled room in the North tunnel. We invised into the room, set up on the left wall, and cleared the room before clicking on the mushroom and spawning the Ravenous Erthanid Sporebeast. The fight was pretty straightforward, and one of the notable drops is the Sentient Crystal of Mass Acceleration, a Psionicist group buff ability that gives increased attack speed and lower refresh timers.
Above: Mysterious flower room, upstairs in the palace.
There are still some things in the Palace that look like they serve some purpose (what’s with that giant flytrap upstairs?), but we had a lot of fun exploring this place and uncovering several neat events. If you have a good group of mid to high 30s, it’s a great place to explore. Thanks again to Thearon for his tips and advice!