I mapped most of this area with an invisible, Adept warrior (Stibbons). As long as you stay out of The Ancient Ambush Site (Aa) and The Blackened Cave (Bc) and Hades nothing will attack you if you're invisible. Hades and the Passages were mapped with Astaroth, my tri-class Adept, and my good friend Varda - also a tri-class.
There are two death traps in this area, so I'll warn you of those straight away. If you head east from The Blackened mine into the DT room you'll be trapped in a cave in. You can get summoned out of it (at least Azrael has been once) but I wouldn't go there unless you can contact someone out of the game as you can't shout, tell, message or cast any spells! The same thing happens if you wander west from the Wide Subterranean Passage into DT. You can run east and west through the death trap in the Black Mine and it leads to a dead end where a very hard mob, Wolfgang Devlikov, resides.
Up from The Blackened Mine (Bm) in the Mines, takes you to the Dark Tunnel (Da) in the cavern. Up from A Large Cavern (Lc) in the Subterranean Passages takes you to the Ancient Tunnel (At) in the Underground Caves. To open the door south from the Orc Caves to the Escape Tunnels you have to pull a lever.
In the Blackened Cave (Bc) is Manxnam the Wicked Beholder. He is very hard indeed and I wouldn't recoommend trying him out unless you have backup in a big way. Below the Cave is a single room The Nest, it has some eggs and what looks like some baby beholders! At the Ancient Ambush Site you'll be ambushed by The Vengeance of Wronged Souls. One again, it's not an easy mob - even for a well equipped Adept Warrior.
To open the passage from the Wide Subterranrean Passage (Ws) to the Temple of Shadows (Ts) use 'turn rock'. In the temple you'll find a few tough mobs including Grand Master Ammon. He's immune to bash so be careful if you intend to kill him. To open the passage north to the Shadow Throne use 'push sigil'. The Shadow Temple is also the centre of a dastardly plot to connect Hades to our world! There is a portal in The Portal (Po) that, should you enter it, will take you to Hades! There's a portal back if you find yourself out of your depth.
Hades, as you'd expect, is not a nice place. Demons wander the Wastelands and if you go down in to the circles of hell be prepared for a tough time. In The First Circle of Hades you'll find Death. DON'T ATTACK HIM AT ANY COST. He'll cast a high level power word kill and just kill you in one hit. He's not aggressive so there's no reason to try to kill him. Of the other eight circles, seven contain monsters for you to overcome and each monster has a key you'll need if you wish to find the treasure Beneath the Wastelands of Hades. Greed holds a Diamond Star that opens the door east of the first Bw room. Fear holds a Marble Demon Head that opens the door above the Icy Chamber (Ic). Lust holds a mithril key the unlock a stone case in the lowest Bw room. Hate has a Ball of negative force that unlocks the way down from the Wasteland. Temptation has an adamantite pole that unlocks the door to the lowest Bw. Sorrrow has the key to the blue chest and Wrath has an onyx star, key to the room west of the first Bw room.
The Sixth Circle is a trap. A hige fireball comes out of the pit and will deal you a lot of damage. I have no idea how much damage it will do so if you're feeling lucky, have over 400 hp, sanctuary and resistance to fire, why not find out and let me know!
Finally, I couldn't pass south of The City Entrance (Ci). My way was barred by a very hard cleric, The High Priest of Clan Silvershield. My adept warrior was told "Why don't I just kill you now and save you the trouble" and I've died too much exploring recently already. If anyone can map what's past there I'd be grateful.
If you'd like to make a quick run to this zone, we recommend the following directions, starting at The Common in Shadowdale: 9sws3ws2w2s2w3sws5w2sws2w3s6wswn3ws4wnwsw2n3w3nw5n2w n4wne4ne4n2w.
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St + Al | Ts-Ts-Ts+Po-Portal to Hades | Ts-Ts-Ts | Ts+Ws Ws-Ws | |^ Ws-Lc-Ws | | DT-Ws WsHades
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Up to Hades / Bw+Bw+Bw / \ Bw Ic
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