This past weekend I took Erdrique (Level 26 Rogue/Legendary Dreadnaught) through the quests in the Sands of Menechtarun (excluding the raid Zawabi’s Revenge). There are a number of notable enemies within this chain but no doubt Queen Lailat is the most powerful and the most dangerous. Queen Lailat is one of those enemies that you either take down rather efficiently or struggle with harshly. Lailat is a marilith and she wash the first marilith introduced to DDO. Since then there have been a few more introduced to DDO, although they are still pretty rare to come across.
Lailat is the pure embodiment of evil. She rules the Demons Sands with no less than six iron hands and her wrath can be quite devastating. She has made some pretty interesting “alliances”, if you want to call them that, with the lich king Raiyum, the Firebrand gnolls, and the Vulkoorim scorrow. She often pits them against each other, well at least the Firebrands and Vulkoorim, and enjoys the chaos she has created. She makes her current home well south of the Serpent’s Pass in the Menechtarun Desert.
The legend behind the story of the Demon Sands mentions that the arrogant and young wizard king, Raiyum, was an extremely powerful summoner and he used his power to bring forth Lailat to this plane. Lailat took advantage of this and shortly later dominated the young king and his court and eventually turned them into undead (at least that is what is hinted at). Lailat also had some dealings with the Zawabi, although I’m not entirely sure how they became such hated enemies of if they were always enemies from the start. In any case, the ancient djinn and powerful marilith definitely can’t stand each other :).
The Crawlers doing what they can against Lailat in her court.
Lailat is guarded by a variety of enemies in her court. To get to her you need to make your way through her riddle which is based on the fact that she wields six swords, khopeshes to be more specific. You have to complete the test of the “six swords” by reading the clues and making your way through the right paths which are indicated by stylized plaques on six different tunnels. She maintains a little army of outsiders (efreetis, flesh renders, fire reavers, mephits, and rhaksashas), wildmen, gnolls, troglodytes, mind flayers, and vulkoorim. Although quite frankly, she doesn’t really need them.
Lailat is a ferocious combatant. Being a marilith, she granted six arms and each one is equipped with a deadly khopesh. Each attack sequence is really six attacks and each one deals slashing, unholdy, anarchic, and sonic type damage. She also has the ability, and really likes to use it, to over run melee characters and do a knockdown with her tail. Oh, did I mention she also casts spells as well. These include chain lightning, burning blood, unholy blight, and force missiles. Needless to say, Lailat is just as dangerous as a caster as she is in melee combat. She also maintains a good number of defenses as well, having some spell resistance, cold iron and good damage reduction, and a few elemental immunities (electrical) and resistances (fire and cold). She gains even more buffs when her health gets reduced to certain point.
There is no doubt that Lailat is the strongest marilith in the game, even though she was the first. She is quite a challenging enemy with range characters being her primary weakness. She can use those six swords against a character she can’t reach :P. In any case, if you have never been through the Sands of Menechtarun, I would recommend it just so you can get the experience of battling this powerful evil outsider.
Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting out in the desert!!