I just took Erdrique (Level 5 Rogue) through the quest The Depths of Despair. The interesting thing about all of the Depths quests in House Deneith is that they seem to have quite a diversity of monsters strewn throughout. The Depths of Despair is no exception to this. The quest has undead (skeletons, ghasts, wights, and zombies), spiders (black widows and glass spiders), slimes (oozes and violet slimes), hell hounds, earth elementals, a minotaur, rust monsters, and troglodytes. Now the objective of the quest is to take the troglodyte leader, Ssylsk.
As I was making my way through the quest I began to wonder how this assortment of monsters work together. I mean, who in the world would purposefully work for a troglodyte? I mean they are extremely temper mental, highly vicious, and just have that awful stench to them. I could see if you were another troglodyte you would follow a troglodyte leader but what about these other monsters. Well, thinking about the undead creatures first, my assumption is that Ssylsk has some powefurl shamans and other spell casters who dapple in the necromantic arts. These undead are probably other adventurers who weren’t quite as skilled as our characters and who now server at the whim of Ssylsk and his casters.
Well, that takes care of the undead but what about the spiders and the rust monsters. I’m guessing the spiders and rust monsters are pets and where probably captured when they were much smaller and younger and now serve Ssylsk. As for the outsiders, the earth elementals and the hell hounds, I’m guessing one of his casters is a low level summoner who can bring forth these creatures to Eberron. That then just leaves the slimes. I’m guessing that the slimes and troglodytes have some type of special bond. It seems to me that they have the ability to coexist in the same dungeons and sewers and to work with each other to satisfy their needs. The Pit is another classic example of this.
There is one other monster that I didn’t mention yet. That would be the minotaur. Since he is locked up, my best guess is that he is a prisoner of some sort. I wonder if Ssylsk plans on ransoming him off? Oh well, guess we’ll never know .
What are your thoughts on this? Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Depths quests!!!