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Darkstone FAQ Version 1.0:

Guide and partial walkthrough  

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Welcome to a land where mythology and legend clash to bring you an exciting
world of action/rpg, this is the world of DARKSTONE. This FAQ will guide you
through many areas of this incredible game; any questions, feedback or
additional info will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. Contact me at


Version Info
Village and map guide
Skills list and explanations
Spells list and explanations


Version 1.0 date: 7-25-99
I got my EXTREMELY early release of Darkstone, heeheehee, first version up,


There are 22 scenario-led quests in total. Each time you start a new game,
you will evolve inside eight of them, which are chosen randomly. This ensures
that every time you replay the game, the quests are different, the placement
of the enemies and objects are different and this leads to great
replayability and longevity ... Items are important in the game as there are
20 secondary quests in the game which entail you finding special items. These
items are richly rewarded and offer the player the chance to be able to
afford the serious weapons, armor and spells. [From VaultNetwork interview]

The game contains 31 levels of dungeon, arranged into seven 4-level chunks
and one 3-level endgame chunk. Technically, it's all one dungeon, as the
levels are sequentially numbered and each chunk is tougher than the last, but
they're not connected. So you'll have to explore more of the outdoor region
if you want to find the next dungeon entrance ... Both the main-path and the
incidental quests are randomized..."

The first thing you want to do when you start the game is to set the run lock
on, take the town tour, practice in the training grounds. Next, talk to all
the villagers to receive your quests, then venture out of town, explore the
land area, the proceed to level 1, try to complete your town quests, as they
will usually give you about 10000 gold per quest, and get your skills as soon
as possible. Know now that you can recharge your hp and mana in the dungeons
or anywhere by pressing the 'r' button on the keyboard. The 'l' button will
bring up your locations list, just in case you're lost.

Good character pairs are also important, you do not want to have two of the
same class, trust me, its better to have a warrior and priest etc than a
warrior and amazon etc.



The finest warriors are born in the heart of Ardyl's forests. From their
earliest years, they have to become tough and develop absolute physical
strength to be able to confront the dangers lurking in their region. As
children, they learnt to survive in the most hostile of environments, to
overwhelm wild beasts with their bare hands and, above all, to fight the
goblins and skeletons, which abound in their land. They have also put their
many expeditions to the various villages to good use by acquiring the mastery
of swordsmanship. They usually end up as mercenaries or masters of arms.
These warriors are now the strongest men alive. Their powerful, yet agile
muscular frame makes them formidable opponents in direct combat. Their
strength fills the lords with dread and few dare challenge them in single
combat. They stalk their enemies with the patience of a hunting cat, and can
swoop down on them with the speed of a hawk. They do have once weakness,
however: they dislike magic because they consider it a demeaning means of
combat. They prefer by far the incisive cut and hard steel of the sword to
the use of spells.


Amazons are fierce horsewomen who live in the region of Ardyl. They are
entrusted at a young age to a Mother and soon become formidable warriors,
showing no fear of either physical strength or magic powers. They learn as a
group to compensate for their lack of physical strength through their agility
and flexibility. Guided by their Mother, they must continually undergo a
serious of stern trials with the aim of strengthening their spirit and making
them a match for any warrior. The worst of these "character-building" trials
involves them venturing into the goblins' den and bringing back the skull of
their leader… The Amazons gain the upper hand in direct combat thanks to
their agility and the way in which they can anticipate their opponent's
blows. Their enemies describe it as being involved in a relentless dance of
death. Similarly to the warriors, the Amazons have mastered the use of the
sword, demonstrating impressive accuracy. It is, indeed, very rare for them
to use magic.


The greatest wizards come from the region of Marghor. Tradition has it that
the ancient wizards always come to Marghor to choose those who have the Gift
to become apprentice wizards. This happens when candidates are in their
adolescence. Their whole life is then turned upside down. They return with
their master to his tower, a solitary place conducive to reading and
learning. These young wizards spend most of their time immersed in the spell
books of the ancient wizards. For years on end they wear their eyesight out
poring over scrolls, spending endless nights in their master's library. And
then gradually, they begin to master increasingly difficult and complex
spells. Unfortunately, however, the wizards' towers have now disappeared
since the lizard and rat men invaded the region. They carried out attacks on
the towers; killing may apprentices in the process…. The young wizards have
now been left with no alternative other than to fight for survival. But as
they have never handled weapons they can only rely on their magic powers to
defend themselves, as they have always preferred to concentrate on developing
their minds, rather than their bodies. But, despite their lack of any
physical strength, they have managed to impress their enemies with the
intensity of their spells.


Very little is known about the sorceresses' early years. Rumor has it that
they learnt their magic by themselves in the shady clearings of Marghor's
forests. Others allege that the goddess Kaliba, herself, took them under her
wing. The source of the sorceresses' power is Nature itself. And indeed, they
have no match when it comes to knowing the right plants to combine in order
to create terrible spells. But their most terrifying power, which may be seen
as either a gift or a curse, is lycanthropy, which transforms them into a
beast, half woman, half wolf. The sorceresses are universally feared on
account of their potent magic. However, for some time now, the ingredients
that make up their strange concoctions have become more difficult to find.
Worse still, the rat and lizard men have overrun their territory. The
Sorceresses realized that they wouldn't be strong enough to confront them, so
they had to leave the safe cover of the trees and venture further out towards
the villages. The village inhabitants still eye them with mistrust, even
today, but the sorceresses pay little heed to this as it is vital for them to
keep on the move, roaming the land of Uma in search of new ingredients that
will enhance their magical powers.


In the past, before the darkness descended, many monasteries were established
in the region of Ormar. The prospective monks were sent to these monasteries
where they became good men, enjoying the respect of all. The monks spent many
years in this place of prayer, learning various combat techniques and spells.
Although less accomplished than wizards or warriors in these respective arts,
the monks have the advantage of being highly competent in the complementary
disciplines of war and magic. Isolated from the rest of the world in their
peaceful haven, they have had years to master the use of blunt weapons (i.e.
those weapons other than swords). The staff has become their favorite weapon.
They have also studied white magic, so that they can use it to help their
neighbor and conquer Evil. There are now far fewer monks than there were in
the past. Nearly all of the monasteries have fallen under attacks from the
wyverns sweeping across the region. Monks now represent good, as well as life
and its combat. They are still held in high regard because of both their
skills with a staff and their ability to heal wounds.  


As with the monks, the priestesses have divided their lives between religious
devotion and learning the arts of combat and magic. The source of their
strength is their faith and they fight in the name of the gods. In a world
increasingly threatened every day by the Darkness, they stand out as beacons
of Good and Life. During their travels they offer assistance to beggars, and
they are quite prepared to take on thieves in direct combat, or use their
magic to alleviate the suffering of the sick.


In order to survive, assassins often begin their careers by relieving
merchants of their purses. From their youth, they know how to move around in
the dark without making a single sound and steal from sleeping travelers.
Their exploits always end up attracting the attention of the Thieves Guild in
Serkesh. The assassins have settled in this region, so that they can benefit
from the lessons of more accomplished exponents than themselves. In time, the
most able of the young apprentices can even surpass their masters. As they
are cunning and nimble, assassins often use projectile weapons when attacking
their opponents in combat. Even if they are capable of engaging in direct
combat, they actually prefer to kill their enemy even before he has had the
time to draw his sword or use his magic. This tactic is very effective
against the serpents that are rife in the region. The assassins have also
mastered a number of spells.  


The thieves' reputation precedes them in the region of Serkesh. All of these
women have demonstrated at one time or other that they have the stuff of
which thieves are made. Thus, they became members of the renowned Thieves
Guild, where they could develop their natural talents further. Within the
guild they learnt to use their skills to break into merchants' lavish
residences to steal gold and precious jewels. They also learnt how to kill
sentries using projectile weapons and to set traps for travelers at
nightfall. Their skill set is considerable and makes them very dangerous
opponents, both in direct combat and when using long range weapons.

                                                               VILLAGE AND


Welcome to the village, which is the gateway to the outer realms of despair,
Here, you will find a guard who served under your late Father, talk to him
often, he will provide you with much information on survival and tactics. The
first time you encounter him, he will assign Murray, his right hand man, who
will give you a tour of the village; I will explain the shops and locations
in order of his tour.


Here, you can buy or sell weapons or armor, upgrade or repair your weapons,
it really is important to have good armor and weapons, although you will more
often than not find better ones in the dungeons you explore for free.


The town magician, Madam Irma will heal and remove curses for free, but
identification of equipment comes with a price.


Perry not only runs a grocery store, but an inn as well, here you will find
foods of all sorts to satisfy your hunger when needed and torches to light
the way in dark dungeons. The inn will cost 100 gold, although he will let
you stay for free if your broke.


Welcome to the walking talking bank machine, you can leave your huge sums of
money if you're finding them a drag to carry around, or course, you can
withdraw it later. If only he paid interest. :P


You can buy spell books, scrolls, and potions from Elmeric, at a ghastly high
price, though. He also recharges weapons or armor, which can cast spells and
have their own mana supply.


You MUST MAKE SURE you come here as often as skills are available to you,
skills play a very important and extremely fun part of the game.


Welcome to the training grounds, besides being a warm up for the real battles
outside, this serves as a much needed frustration venture, slaughter some
poor creatures here if you wish.

                                                                  MAP GUIDE

The region of Ardyl has traditionally served as a refuge for Uma's fiercest
warriors, as well as for the renowned Amazons. It is now being threatened by
the presence of goblins and skeletons.

This region has long been the preferred haunt of Uma's most powerful wizards.
They used to live in isolation from the rest of their world, in towers hidden
away in the depths of Marghor's forests. There used to also be sorceresses,
but now Marghor is under threat from the lizard and rat men, who have already
burnt down the wizards' towers and massacred many sorceresses…

Ormar was home to the most loyal servants of the gods, and many monasteries
were built in the region. Monks and priestesses came here for training, as
well as to strengthen their faith and learn the arts of magic and combat. But
with this region now being taken over by the Wyverns, the monasteries have
gradually begun to disappear…
This land instills fear and dread in Uma's merchants. Its roads are far from
safe, despite being patrolled by village police and guards, and there are
very few that would dare travel along them unaccompanied. Serkesh is the most
barren of Uma's lands. Only recently, serpents-snakes have begun to occupy
the land at a quite astonishing rate. According to some rumors, dangerous
thieves also inhabit it, but who can be sure?

                                         SKILLS LIST AND EXPLAINATIONS

Warrior & Amazon Wizard & Sorceress Monk & Priestess Assassin & Thief
------------------------                 ------------------------              
----------------------                 ---------------------
Trade Repair Identification Lycanthropy Perception Exorcism Identification
Forester Learning Learning Trade
Learning Concentration Medicine Perception
Concentration Recharging Prayer Defusing
Orientation Detection Master of Arms Learning
Master of Arms Communion Communion Theft
Language  Silence

Ability to quickly increase your character's experience.

Ability to bargain over the price you want to buy or sell an item at.

Ability to recover mana stocks more quickly.

Ability to decode coded messages (Multiplayer mode only).

Ability to increase speed of attack and chances of a successful hit.

Ability to detect traps.

Ability to enhance your character's physical attributes temporarily (strength
and dexterity)

Ability to undo traps.

Ability to detect magic objects.

Ability to remove spells from cursed objects carried by another player.

Ability to find food by fishing.

Ability to identify all unknown objects.

Ability to change your character into a werewolf. (All the mana magic points
are used for strength).

Ability to heal others.

Ability to temporarily increase your number of mana points.

Ability to display the entire map for the regions and dungeons for a given
period of time.

Ability to increase your character's armour class.

Ability to recharge the magic objects you have.

Ability to repair the weapons you have.

Ability of your character to move around without being noticed by his

Ability to rob the characters you meet.

                                              SPELLS LIST AND EXPLAINATIONS

Absorbs the enemy's vital energy during combat. The player can pick up life
points using this.

Is used to heal characters that have been poisoned.

Increases the character's armour class, speed of attack and chance of gaining
a hit during a certain period of time. You can also win life points.

Plunges an enemy into total confusion, making him go and attack his comrades.

Creates a protection dome around a character. Anyone who tries to break
through it will be injured.

Helps detect magic objects, which are then highlighted in blue.

Causes panic amidst the enemy lines.

Launches fire balls.

Launches huge flames at enemy targets.
Provides your character with food.

Causes you to temporarily forget spells for monsters and erases the enemy
players' pre-selected spells.

Allows you to move faster.

Provides healing.

Makes a character invisible to everyone, but he may be given away by his

Invokes a fire golem, which attacks your enemies.

Creates a luminous aura around your character. Its power depends on your
character's experience level.

Is similar to a mine and explodes on contact with the opponent or when a
certain period of time has elapsed. It can be used to booby-trap chests.

Creates a door that allows your character to go back and forward between the
dungeon and town.

Launches magic projectiles.

Turns the enemy target into a chicken.

Allows you to see the enemy better in dark areas.

Produces a green cloud that poisons anyone who approaches it.

Is used to heal characters that have been poisoned.
Rebounds any spells cast or projectiles thrown at you onto your aggressor.

Allows you to revive your character.

Slows down your enemy target's speed of movement and combat.

Throws sparks at a target.

Turns the target creature to stone.

Pushes back any enemy at close range to the thrower. Any enemy touching a
wall gets damage points against him.

Can be used to open up chests, pick up objects and pull levers from a

Allows your character to move instantly to anywhere he chooses. Please note
that some places are not accessible via teleportation.

Throws lightning bolts at the enemy.

Turns the enemy target into a chicken.

Creates a wall of fire.



*Please note, there are over 20 quests and I am still playing the game and
finding new quests everyday, therefore this is not the complete list. Please
send the quests that you have encountered. Note that quest items are found
randomly in stages.

Quest items from the villagers can be found anywhere in the dungeons; the
rewards are very generous, about 10000 gold per quest? And that's only in the
BEGINNING of the game!

Dragon scales
Holy Grail
Shield of light
Medallion of melchoir
Bard's Music score
…… that's all I've found out so far.


Many years ago, an old which cast a spell, whomever woman dared be more
beautiful than her would be turned to stone, years passed, now she is an old
woman, and the women in the village have all been turned into stone.

First, talk to the husbands, they will tell you of the curse, then talk to
the which, man is she old, next, go search the dungeons for the mirror of
lies. This mirror is special, it will make all those who are ugly seem
beautiful and all those who are beautiful seem ugly when they gaze into the

Bring the mirror to the old hag and she will remove the curse. Talk to the
wives, then husbands and a Crystal is yours.

A Husband has poisoned his wife for a will, now he regrets his actions.

First talk to the husband, then look in the treasure chest located near a
tent, open it, you will find a letter, pick up the letter and click on the
man and he will admit to it. Now you must bring him to the wizard, this
wizard will give you a cup, and tell you to fill it in the fountain of light,
so enter the dungeon.

In the dungeon, you will have to seek out the 4 crystals, then place them
around the fountain of light to direct the purple light into the fountain,
once done, fill the cup and lets go.

Give the full cup to the sickly wife, she will thank you and give you another

When you approach Drakus, he will tell you his wheel of the sun, a prized
artifact was stolen by the clan of Kaliba, and promises to reward you might
you return it.

In the dungeon, you first have to pass a test to become a member of Kaliba,
in order to get into the temple and retrieve the sun orb.

Approach the old man, he will tell you to enter the room, do so. Now, it's a
test of luck, look for a key, in order to do so, you have to flip the right
lever, or monsters will be released, the worst monster was the spectre, who
kicked my ass a couple of times. Once you have the key, proceed through the

Now, you will be tested to kill a captured criminal, I'm not sure if there is
an alternative way, but I killed him :P
And lots of spiders came buzzing out, but they're no problem, now, get the
key behind the torture rack and get to the next room, now you may choose
weapon out of three, I chose the disciple's sword, which isn't bad., now you
are officially a member of the Kaliba, you will be given a amulet from the
old man, now wear it and enter the temple, around the temple, you will notice
a dead body, check the body and you will notice a note, read it, it will say
something about a secret passage in the temple, heehee.
Enter the temple, you will have 2 choices to get the orb, 1, grab it on the
table, all the monks will turn into skeletons and attack you, or 2, look for
a lever on the left wall, pull it and enter the secret passage. Look in the
tomb and kill that guy, he will pop the orb when he is dead, now get back to

Drakus will thank you, then morph he and his minions into monsters, kill them
off, then retrieve the crystal.

A couple will tell you about their neighbors disappearing, their will being
dry, and hearing strange noises from the well, enter the well to proceed to
the dungeon.

In the dungeon, you will find some nests, but leave them alone for now.
Proceed to the area where the skeleton is,  
Click on it, and it will come to life! Kill it off and retrieve the armor of
fear, now go back to those nests, wear the armor and CHARGE! Cast fear once
and all the little spiders will run away from you, perfect opportunity to
destroy the nests, once you destroyed them and rescued the neighbors. Once of
them will give you a sword, telling you it is the only weapon which can
destroy the queen spider, so, here we go.

Next level, you will find some cobwebs, slash through them to enter a room
where there are a couple of nests, same tactic, fear, destroy, now for the
big momma. No use killing of the small spiders, the queen will just shoot
more out of her big fat a**, so just equip the sword and slash away, after a
while, she will die. Yay, go back up now.

Hardy harhar, the neighbors will thank you and you will get a crystal. Yay!


Many thanks go to the Unofficial Darkstone site
Delphine soft, DSI, 3D realms, ritual, epic megagames, gathering developer
For creating the kickass game!
And last but not least me, Reuben for slaving typing endlessly hour after
hour for YOU GUYS!

Questions? Comments? Input? Personal problems? Contact me and I'll try to
ICQ = 28726882 Email:

God bless y'all! :p

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