The last time I was in the Underdark was before I put Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) through his heroic true reincarnation. And even then, I didn’t really get a chance to explore the area very much. Even when I took Hamllin out into Sschindylryn for the first time, I teleported him from the King’s Forest to get to the portal to Sschindylryn relatively quickly with some guildies. So I haven’t had the opportunity to venture into the Underdark all that much, until now :). Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister) is ready to start tackling his next set of quests which are those in Sschindylryn. Since I haven’t explored much of the Underdark, I decided to take Rimuldar through the route via Eveningstar to get to the Sschindylryn portal instead of heading into the King’s Forest and using that portal route and I must say it was quite an experience.
Rimuldar coming across a salamander in the Underdark.
The Underdark is a fun and exciting area, so I found out :). I really liked the overall feel and “explorability” of this adventure area. I thought the various caverns and paths were designed quite well. I did wind up getting lost a number of times as I noticed that the area had several different levels to it, which I didn’t expect. Of course getting lost in the Underdark shouldn’t be too surprising, it is the Underdark after all. It took me the entire game session to find the portal to Sschindylryn but I did find it thankfully!! Now the portal will show up for me when I enter the Eveningstar Cavern, which will be nice.
Rimuldar noticing the yuan-ti above him.
I get the impression that the drow don’t like the yuan-ti.
While exploring down in the Underdark, I came across a number of interesting sites. I came across a large number of ledges that had enemies perched well above me, which made things quite interesting. I then stumbled upon the large waterfall as well as a large pool or lake of acid. I also came across two other portals as well, including the portal that leads to the King’s Forest and the Riz Malog portal.
Coming across the waterfall in the Underdark and some yuan-ti.
Finding a portal in the Underdark.
Coming across a pool of acid in the Underdark.
The enemies I encountered were nothing I didn’t expect as well. Coming across the numerous drow and yuan-ti was nothing knew but what did surprise me was coming across the purple worms. Now don’t get me wrong, I knew purple worms were in the Underdark and remember watching the preview video of the purple worm well before Menace of the Underdark was released. However, I didn’t quite realize the scale of the purple worm with reference to our characters. Seeing that monstrosity jump up from the ground was quite fun and surprising. I had a fun time battling my first purple worm but was more prepared when I came across many more. I also found it interesting that some of the purple worms were “split” where I was battling their tails as well. Talk about pretty cool!!
Well that is a surprising sight, what a monster!
Take a look at the vicious maw of the purple worm.
Dealing with both ends of the dangerous purple worm.
I also did come across a few other rare encounters as well. The other monsters I ran into included some elementals (earth and air), mind flayers, draegloth, animated armors, and salamanders. I also came across a few “slaves” that mercifully burned away :(.
Coming across a powerful named drider in the Underdark.
So this experience through the Underdark was quite interesting and fun. I really enjoyed this area. I will have to get a few more characters to complete their explorer zones so that I can venture more into it. Definitely a fun and dangerous area!! Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Underdark!!