Pool of Radiance Walkthrough: Valjevo Castle

Valjevo Castle is the stronghold of the Boss who by now you know is called Tyranthraxus. He runs his holdings from the tower in the centre of Valjevo Castle in the middle of a maze of poisonous hedges which in turn is surrounded by the castle area which contains buildings housing his supporters.

While in the castle area one of your fights may set off an alarm. If this happens many patrols will flood the area looking for you. Take cover in one of the buildings and rest until the alarm finishes.

If you encounter a patrol and are in disguise you can avoid a fight by parlaying with them using either “Meek” and giving the password HARASH or “Haughty” and give your authority as TYRANTHRAXUS.

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1. Laundry Room: Parlay with the washer women and choose Nice and they will disguise you. The disguise will no longer work if you fight or do something suspicious and someone gets away.pool-of-radiance-valjevo-castle-bane-priest

2. Smithy: At night you can steal basic equipment which you should have surpassed long ago. During the day a smithy and fire giants will be here.

3. Bane Chapel: If you enter here you will have to fight the priest. If you accept the blessing and are not evil your party will take damage. If you try to leave you will be hit with a fireball. The priests will drop the following items plate mail +1, a mace +3, and a necklace of missiles. Do not loot the altar taking the money will damage you and the swords are cursed.

4. Exit to Stojanow Gate

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North West Castle

1. Barracks: This area is unoccupied at night, in the daylight you may surprise giants sleeping.

2. Barracks: This area is unoccupied at night, in the daylight you may surprise giants sleeping.

3. Main Gate: The password through the main gate is RHODIA. If you have rescued Cadorna he will give you the password. Otherwise you can just fight the gate guards and break your way in.

4. Latrine: Nothing of interest here

5. Officers Quarters: Some giants will catch you as you enter, you can parlay to bluff through them. Search the room for a potion of speed hidden under the floor.

6. Guard Post: When you walk near this building a guard will challenge your party. He can be parlayed past using the password “HARASH” or “TYRANTHRAXUS” otherwise you will be attacked and the alarm sounded.

7. Mess Hall: Nothing of interestpool-of-radiance-valjevo-castle-ne

North East Castle

1. Guard Post: When you walk near this building a guard will challenge your party. He can be parlayed past using the password “HARASH” or “TYRANTHRAXUS” otherwise you will be attacked and the alarm sounded.

2. Guard Barracks: Parlay with the giants and choose Haughty or Sly to trick them into giving you the password.

3. Armoury: You can look common equipment here

4. Kitchen: Defeat the gnoll overseer and you will find the gate password

5. Records Office: You can search Tyranthraxus’ records here you may find important information but you may be interrupted by a scribe who can sound an alarm.

6. Scribe’s Office: At night the office will be empty. During the day you will meet Tyranthraxus envoys who may attack you.pool-of-radiance-valjevo-castle-se

South East Castle

1. Snake House: A family of giant snakes is in this building

2. Barracks: This area is unoccupied at night, in the daylight you may surprise giants sleeping.

3. Main Gate: The password through the main gate is RHODIA. If you have rescued Cadorna he will give you the password. Otherwise you can just fight the gate guards and break your way in.

pool-of-radiance-valjevo-castle-candorna4. Cell: You will find the former the Cadorna the traitor to the council who tried to get you killed here. After he fled the city Tyranthraxus guards have captured him and placed him here. If you free him he will accompany you but only really help out by giving you the gate password. If you leave him he will sound the alarm or you can just kill him with no penalty.

5. Well: If you explore the well eventually you will find a Long Sword +2.

6. Giant’s Guard Post: Can be parlayed past using the password

7. Old Building: The ceiling may fall in damaging the party.

Pool of Radiance Map Valjevo Castle MazeCastle Maze

To find Tyranthraxus you will need to make your way through this maze to the central keep. If you want to take a short cut through the maze click on a wall and you will cut through the hedge but it carries a risk of poisoning one of your characters.

1. Teleporters: These spots will randomly teleport you to any other teleporter site.

2. Main Gate: You will enter the maze from one of these points.

3. Giant Hideout: A group of giants are hiding here if you don’t leave immediately they will eventually attacked.

4. Captured Mage: The mage here will claim to have been captured by Tyranthraxus if you kill him he drops bracers of AC 3, a ring of fire resistance, and a wand of lightning.

5. Trolls: Trolls will attack you here.

6. Giant Guards: If you give your authority as Tyranthraxus you can avoid fighting these giants.

Pool of Radiance Map Valjevo Castle Inner Tower

Lower Level:

    1. pool-of-radiance-valjevo-castle-false-tyranthraxusFalse Tyranthraxus: As warned by the hag back in Kuto’s Well the real Tyranthraxus hides behind this impostor kill him and take his equipment (a Long Sword +5, Ring of Protection +3, and Gauntlets of Ogre Power)

2. Stairs to the Upper Level

3. Medusa’s Chamber: Beat her quickly before any of your party are turned to stone.

Upper Level:

1. Stairs to lower level.

2. Trap Door Room: This room contains a trap door that leads to the Medusa’s chamber. If a character glances down the trap door he may be turned to stone.

3. Waiting Room: Messengers that work for Genheeris (Tyranthraxus second in command) wait here for their masters orders.

pool-of-radiance-valjevo-castle-genheeris4. Genheeris Office: If you killed the messenger at #3 or parlay anything except nice or meek he will think you have been sent to kill him. He will join you if you promise to immediately attack Tyranthraxus. If you don’t go straight through the door into Tyranthraxus lair he will slip away.

5. Tyranthraxus Lair: The final battle of the game involves a battle with two waves of enemies. The first is a dozen 8 level fighters in magic equipment(ring of protection +3, two-handed sword +2, and plate mail +2 ). With there high hitpoints it is best to use spells like hold person and stinking cloud to disable them and then eliminate them with one hit. After they are all defeated do not end the fight until you have healed your party, the final battle will start immediately after this one ends.

The final battle is with Tyranthraxus who is a magic immune dragon that can shoot lighting bolts causing up to 80 points of damage on a hit. Try to spread out to avoid his lighting bolt and attack him as fast as you can. Using haste just before the battle will help defeat him quicker he is also vulnerable to the Javelin of Lightning that the Commandant of the Zhentil Keep Outpost carries. Once he is defeated you will be transported back to Phlan, don’t forget to get your final reward from the council clerk.

Congratulations on finishing the quest to free Phlan from Tyranthraxus now its time to continue your parties adventure with Curse of the Azure Bonds.

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