||If you talk to Scar outside the Flaming Fist HQ, he will
take you to see Duke Eltan for this quest, or you can go directly to the
Duke (even when you first enter the city). As soon as you take this
quest from the Duke, Scar disappears forever. If you talk to the
Duke and don't accept this quest, the Duke will kill you because you know
Your job is to gather incriminating evidence against the leaders of
the Iron Throne. Go to the Iron Throne (Area-C, #60), and work you
way to the 5th floor of the building. There are some scrolls to be
in the basement and in the Library on the fourth floor. Along the
way you will encounter some NPC's who may give you some information about
the Leaders on the 5th floor. The guards on each floor can either
be talked into letting you pass, bribed, or fought.
The battle starts as soon as you enter the 5th floor. I found
that going up by the stairs on the right was a better tactic as the leaders
seem to be spread out more towards the left stairs. Since the battle
starts as soon as you get to the top of the stairs (you don't have time
to look around), it was hard to tell if there were any friendlies in the
area. Emissary Tar appears to be there, but I believe she is also
a doppelganger. From the stairs you will have to battle the leaders
Gardush, Ali, Neaman, Dryab, and Aasim and a couple doppelgangers.
I didn't use area weapons for fear of hurting friendlies (actually, there
were not any friendlies on this floor), so I stuck with ranged weapons,
Animate Dead spell, Wand of Monsters, Wand of Heavens (a great graphic),
and the Purge Invisible spell. For ranged weapons I used Arrows of
Acid and Bullets +2.
As soon as the battle starts, some leaders cast Dimension Door and some
cast Invisibility. So be ready with the Purge Invisibility spell
(I had to use it twice before the battle was over). I was also prepared
to use Protection from Magic potions, but never needed them. Branwen's
Skeletons (from the Animate Dead spell) and War Dogs from my mages Wand
of Monsters did a good job of keeping the Leaders busy. (Ever notice
how these summoned monsters are able to attack the monsters/characters
that are invisible to you - neat huh!) Things got a little confused when
one of the Leaders cast Confusion, which caused half of my War Dogs to
attack my Skeletons and some party members. But in the end all the
Leaders went down with very little damage to my party. After the battle
I avoided my confused War Dogs until they were unsummoned, then commenced
to search the bodies. Be sure to search as there are some good things
to pick up (e.g., Ring of Free Action, Halberd +2, Wand of Heavens, and
After bashing the Leaders, search the rest of the 5th floor. In
a nearby room you will find Thaldorn who will immediately attack.
Missile weapons took him out quickly. Thaldorn carries a Short Sword
+1 and Studded Leather +1 (probably not of much use to you at this stage
of the adventure). Continue searching and be sure to check out the
desk in the back room. This contains two letters, one from Tuth to
Reiltar and the other from Sarevok to Reiltar. ****You need to find
these letters to complete the chapter****.
After picking up the two letters, and anything else you want, go back
to the Flaming Fist HQ and talk to Duke Eltan (don't bother to look for
Scar as he disappeared as soon as you took this quest from the Duke).
At this point you can tell the Duke you have other business in the city
and will return (so you can do some more city adventuring, but remember
that Scar is now murdered and you may be pursued by Flaming Fist Enforcers
- not tested!). Or, you can tell the Duke that your evidence shows
that the answers he needs can only now be found in Candlekeep. If
you tell him this, he will tell you to go to Candlekeep to investigate
further, give you $2000 and a book ("History of Nether Scrolls") to use
to gain entry to Candlekeep, and teleport you to the Candlekeep map sector.
||I believe that you can go directly to Duke Eltan as soon
as you enter the city and get this quest without doing any of Scar's quests.
In fact, as soon as you talk to the Eltan, Scar will no longer be available
(as he has been murdered, and you are blamed, which may make movement about
the city difficult as Flaming Fist Enforcers will be looking for you).
I have been emailed that as soon as Scar disappears, you are blamed
for his murder and your life in the city streets is hectic as you are pursued
by Flaming Fist Enforcers. I have not tested this, so cannot comment
Since Duke Eltan teleports you to Candlekeep on completion of his quest,
you should perhaps visit a shop or two, prior to that last visit to the
Duke, to sell items and buy supplies.
UPDATE: Now that I have completed Chapter 6, I can say that it
is something you do in Chapter 6 that causes the Flaming Fist Enforcers
to pursue you when you get back to BG in Chapter 7. You are NOT blamed
for the death of Scar when you do the Duke Eltan quest in Chapter 5.