Family picture of me with my parents and three brothers. They actively welcome me home every time!
A question many people ask me is where the gate is for the southern entrance. That is an understandable question alright. I can assure you that we have two fine craftsmen in Ardesia working on the gates and we expect them to be finished any time. Until then please feel free to stop by for a visit. I strongly suggest checking out our fine library on the second floor early in your travels because when people want books there are none finer.
But what’s up the multiple kings? You’ve seen some of the weaker nations with just one king but you find countless ones on the upper floor of the castle so you’ve started to wonder? Are the black knights an oligarchy? Kraterocracy? Diarchy? Coregency? Timocracy?
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How does one access the catacombs? Do you start by looking around the black knight castle? Of course not! I like your naivety though.
When you reach level 700 you can talk with an NPC in Fortress Aetor on map 4.1 who tells you about a new area in the pyramid on map 2.1. Totally related here, right? Surely you've learned by now that NPCs don't take the straightforward route, right?
The pyramid has all of two doors so you should be able to find out which one you need to go through. For assistance navigating that map I would strongly suggest you check out Kromelg’s map that was put in the walkthrough section of the forum: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=15794
You can locate a bandage for the Aetor NPC in one of the two chests, as a drop from one of the mummies, or by being a lazy bum who gets one from someone else. C’mon, are you questing or mooching though? Well, you are reading a walkthrough now, but I'll be charitable in my assumptions... You will notice an NPC in the pyramid who has some other quests, but those are not necessary for the black knight catacombs. (Still, you’re not scared of doing other quests, are you?)
On level 800 the same NPC in Fortress Aetor will ask you to bring him a Jungle Ring. You obviously find such a ring in the jungles of FT, right? In return for the ring the NPC will tell you about the secret entrance in the black knight castle. What a traitor. That seems more helpful than it really is because where exactly is that entrance? Maybe around the throne? Behind some of the fine art collected? Secret hidden in the library (other than a hidden flask in a book)? Let’s just say you should check out those towers along the wall surrounding the castle.
First stage of the catacombs has been reached. Truth be told, you may have access to this map at level 800 but there is really no reason for you to bother until level 1000.
You check out the map and find that you can walk around in a circle with an NPC behind two locked doors near the entrance. You will need to get two keys to drop from the sentries on that level. (Rather poor sentries as they let you down there without stopping you, but that’s a different issue. I’ll bring it up with the guy in charge of hiring at the next meeting of black knights.) This isn’t the easiest thing to do at level 800, especially by yourself, but it is doable.
For dropping keys it is required that you first drop and use one key before you can drop a second key. Think of it like some of the other keys where you can only have one. No need to grind for hours looking for that second key after all unless your name is justj99! (OK, he told me that requirement for the second key.)
And once you get both of those keys you excitedly open the door… and the NPC standing there won’t talk to you until level 1000. The sentries and wardens on the map all join in a hearty laugh at your expense. To the sound of roaring laughter echoing through the halls you exit the catacombs.
At level 1000 you go back and talk to the NPC. What’s that, he wants some boots before he’ll try to escape? The door to the exit is right there! No sentries or wardens are going to show up unless you walk down the wrong hall quite a ways! You can literally see the exit from where he's standing! Worst prisoner ever. Uh, I mean, worst guest of honor of the black knights ever!
Anyhow, after your knack for finding boots comes in handy the guest of honor tells you to check out the fireplace for a secret entrance. He follows up by quickly escaping from the room. I mean, maybe one of these days?
That brings you to the lower part of the map. Check out the chests marked with white dots on your mini map and then take the stairs to the next level.
The next part is the confusing part. Dangerous for many pets as well. (Just recently announced is that pet storage has been released so I would encourage you to use that if you don't have a house. Check it out on map 0.-1.)