Keep is actually a lot less complicated than it might seem.
Before you even enter here, I suggest making sure you have either lots
of Piercing Crystals or Dispel Barrier Lv.2, since you're going to need
it at least a couple times. Having all your Level 3 spells
wouldn't hurt either, if you have magic users in your party.
are lots of Vahnatai through this level, in many of the hallways and
rooms, as well as a few Golems scattered around, and a couple Alien
Beasts. They aren't marked on the map, just be prepared for
fighting at most times.
you first enter you'll find that the entrance is guarded by a variety
of Vahnatai, and blocked by some Force Barriers. Use distance
attacks on as many of the Vahnatai as you can read while getting
through the barriers.
into the keep itself take note of the entry directly to the east, but
don't go through it. This is the entrance to Rentar's throne
room, but you don't want to start any fights with her until you have
all the beams redirected.
suggest completely clearing the other areas of the first level before
advancing to the second level. Use the maps to see the locations
of the ladders leading down.
particular attention to point 3 on the map. You have to use the
control panel to open the portcullis blocking access to the ladder.
a variety of fairly useful items scattered around the keep, in rooms,
and dropped by the Vahnatai you kill, including a fair number of
potions, some weapons, which you shouldn't need since you should have
better by now, and a variety of potion-making herbs.
now at the secret passage marked by 11 on the map. This secret
passage has a few force barriers blocking two doors. The northern
door leads to a few potions, but it's the southern door that's the
important one. This leads to an empty room with two runes on the
the message you got back in Footracer Province about when you near the
end, pants on the west rune and step on the east rune? This is
the place. They have to be normal pants for some reason, special
pants, such as Iridium Pants don't work.
you step on the rune you'll be transported to the generic
dungeon. I thought about doing a walkthrough for that, but
decided to opt out, since it would kind of spoil the surprise.
You don't get any wonderful items if you do it, but it's definitely
worth a few giggles. If you decide to do the Generic Dungeon make
sure to talk to the innkeeper when you get there. A little
commentary by Jeff...Vogel perhaps?
you've completed the upper level make your way to the northwestern of
the four ladders leading down. Each of these ladders will take
you to a seperate section of Level 2. This one happens to be
guarded by Alien Slimes and Dark Wyrms. It contains two of the
ten control panels. Remember to push each button once and only once.
make your way back up the first level and over to the northeastern
ladder. This section is guarded by Efreets and Nagas, and
contains three panels.
to the southeast corner now, and down to the section guarded by
Rakshasi. These things are still a pain, since you still can't do
magical damage and while you're trying to kill them they're summoning
like crazy. There's three control panels in this section.
last section, in the southwest is guarded by some Vahnatai Undead,
including an Undead Researcher, who is very hard to kill. This
section contains the last two panels.
it's time for the final showdown. Make your way back to the
entrance to the keep and go through the door to the east. Make
your way towards the control panel, which is guarded by Rentar-Ihrno
and a few of her minions. Kill the minions but leave Rentar
alone...it's almost impossible to kill her, and I've heard from those
who somehow succeeded that it's not worth the couple hours it
takes. If you have Erika's Amulet she'll make an appearance
around now and battle Rentar-Ihrno, drawing her attention away from you.
your way to the control panel near Rentar. When the control
screen pops up Rentar-Ihrno will kill Erika. Press the Load Slime
Compounds Button, then the Refocus Beams button, and finally the Begin
Process button. Whatever you do don't press the Emergency Beam
Cease Button or you'll have to go redirect the beams on the lower level
all over again.
this is the end. It's kind of a sucky ending, after all that
happened, I know, but that's it, and I hope you enjoyed the game.