Heiraktazin is for Experts and Adepts. It's a tough zone with some very tough mobs in. First things first I'd like to thank Ivanushka and Vanastha for helping me map this zone - Astaroth died several times here - once discovering the death trap. There is only one death trap in this zone: The Heart of the Vampiric Mist (marked DT on the map) is to the east of the Deadly Intersection (Di) in the Stalagmite and City section of the map.
The small area just after you enter Heiraktazin isn't too hard. There are plenty of drow wandering around - some of whom are mages - and lots of hidden vampire bats that'll attack you without warning. There is also a small, hidden area to the north of the Rough Tunnel (Rt) use 'push rock' to open the way north to the Natural Cavern (Nv).
As you make your way south past the Lava Stream (Ls) into the deeper tunnels you need to start to be wary. There are a number of wandering mobs that will attack on sight. On the edge of the lake the helpless captive is, in fact, part of an Aboleth.
Entering the lake is safe, unless you travel up to the Santum of the Necromancer. Several tough mobs are in there and they'll attack you on sight.
The real danger starts when you move down into the Cavern and start towards the city. The Chill, Dark Tunnel (Ch) is host to a number of hidden mobs (Shadows) who will try and drain you. You'll also have to watch out that you don't stray into the Death trap here too. The tunnel leads one of two ways really. To the north is the City of Heiraktazin, to the north-east you'll find an ominous Stalagmite. The stalagmite is home to Tlithzareen, a powerful mage. He hits really hard through sanc and will dispel you given the chance.
The path to the City looks like a Death Trap. As you look north from the Collapsed Passage (Co) you see Death Of Altruism (DL) with no exits. It's not actually a death trap but does herald anoth mob to be warey of. To the north of Death of Altruism is the Altar of bones (Ab) where a very powerful mage awaits. Avoid it by going e,n,n,w and then north again to move into the Spiralling Tunnel (Sr). You do need to be flying to pass over here but to the north you'll find yourself safe and on the way to the city. There is a mini-maze here. I've marked all of the rooms in capitals and where their exits go to rooms that already exist, I've marked the exits with the rooms initials in lowercase. Hence travelling west from the Death of Hope (DH) takes you to the Death of Avarice (DV) which is actually 2s2w of Death of Hope (DH)!
Sneaking around the City, invisible meant that I didn't get attacked but the city is riddled with mages (Illithids) and their slaves. They all seemed to die fairly quickly and didn't give much xp but did good reasonable cash.
There are a number of locked doors in the city. The Crystalline key carried by an Illithid in the Phaenerakta unlocks the door to the Cell (Ce). This is useful because you can be captured at random in the City and dragged to the Cell against your will. There's a mad, lizard in there which will attack if you're visible. The rusty iron key carried by the Umberhulk in Below the Norther Balconies opens the door to the Filthy Cell (Fc), inside the cell a Heap of Rags contains a stell key that will unlock to door to Tlithzareen's Private Sanctum (Ps) where a treasure can be found... A worn stone key carried by a fomorian giant slave in the Slave Pens (Sv) opens the door to the breeding room Br.
Finally below Inside the Large Domed Building (Id) is the Sanctuary of the Eldar brain. It has several attendants that will attack you if you join in and is a high-level mage. Be careful if you attack it.
If you'd like to make a quick run to this zone, we recommend the following directions, starting at The Common in Shadowdale: sw2n2enw3nwnw4nw3nene2n4ed.
Bt-Ug | En-Nn-Nh | | | Cu-Hs-Cu Wp Sw-Se | | | | Rt Sn-Bo Ng Tc-Np-Sc | | | | | Sl Cu-Ns-Ip-Cu Na Tc-Na | | \| | | | | Es Ci Le-Lo-Cd-Rt-Tw-Nt | / |^ | Down to A Precarious Ledge CTrt | / | Up to the Borders | | Cu-Sp-Cp | | | | Cu-Cu Nr Ea<Ea | | | v ^ | Up to A Ledge Cu-Cu Ct<Ea>Ea St-Ls \ | ^ | Pl-Dp-Dr-Di Dk Cu-Cu Et | / | | | | | | Down to the City Sf-Su-Rd-Ia>Di-It | / | | | Down to Below the Lake Ru Df | | | | Sm-Bo | | | Sb-Ws-VcBelow The Lake
Sa Up to the Surface of the Lake \ / Bs-La Rb-Rb | / Nc----RbThe Stalagmite and City
Is Cm Hb | \ | Is-Pb-Pz-Cl Ac-Cb Wb | | | | / | Nw-An-In-Wo-Ot Pn-Lh | | | | Nc /--On-\ So Ph+Ce | | | | | | In-Ow-Id-Oe-In------Lc | | |v | | | Bg \--Os-/ Ne Ga | | | Cg-Ec-As-Ne-Ea-Nb+Fc | | | | / | Pe-Sv+Br Uw-Ah* | | /* Sg | Pr / | Lg Lg Ol-Ba | | | | \ Gc-Oc-Nu-Nu-Nu | Bw-Be | | | | dv Sr de Nl-+--Mw Ds | | | | | dv-DH-DY-DN-de | Rf Dm-Dm | | | | | | | db-DJ-Ab-DB-dj Ps+Dm Us-Dm Ih-Bo | | | | | | | dn-DE-DL-DV-dh Dm----Dm-Dm | | | | | | dn | dh Ds Ab | | Up to A Precarious Ledge Co-Di-Ic-Nw--------------Cv \ ^ | | Bc-Ch-Ch-Di-DT Cy | | Cy-Pu-Cy
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