Might And Magic Swords of Xeen Detonado

13 de julho de 2009

Segue a solução completa para o Swords of Xeen, um dos RPGs da série Might And Magic, em inglês.

Swords Of Xeen

RPG by NEW WORLD COMPUTING

Tips —-

By Lu Richardson

The first tip is: cheat! It makes the difference between getting killed umpteen times or breezing through the game. Save your game before you move a muscle and edit it. The characters won´t appear in the same order as on your screen, but it doesn´t matter. Go to the offsets I give below and change the number you will find to FF. Do this 7 times, leaving two zeros (00) in between. I give you the first offset for each character and also the offset to change for the hit points:

1: C59 D9B
2: F1D 105F
3: 1CF1 1E33
4: 253D 267F
5: 2801 2945
6: 2963 2AA5

The money is at 357B (type A0 25 26) and the gems at 357F (type FF FF). Of course, if you REALLY wanted to cheat, you could change the 09 you can see, at the end of each block of those 7 values, to 63.

This ought to give you an edge, though it does detract from the game. You might prefer to have a bash without cheating. Good luck.

General tips:

This game is very easy: to judge from the state it´s in, it looks as though it was abandoned at an early stage and it does not contain any really difficult puzzles, so you will have no trouble. However, I hope you´ll find what follows of some help – I´ll mostly assume you are not cheating.

As ever, in these series, you start slowly and take your time building up your characters. The whole area is divided in sections named A1 to F8. At first, you explore the town you find yourself in (in A1), then go out and follow the road to the next town, killing whatever gets in your way. Once there, you fight your way around and you´ll soon be given more instructions than you care to receive.

You can do things in whichever order you prefer, though you´ll be limited by your vulnerability. Nevertheless, eventually you´ll have to explore every inch of the map: the easiests zones are A1 to A8, followed by B1 to B8 and so on. The further N you get, the tougher it is to stay alive. Leave the far northwest (i.e., crossing the sea) for last. In the northernmost part of the map, right in the center, there are loads of dragons, so don´t be in a hurry to get there.

While exploring enclosed areas it is a good idea to cast Wizard´s Eye, if you have it (later on you get Day of Sourcery, same thing), because it reveals important hidden areas which you can then access by kicking a wall in or casting Teleport. Keep comparing the map with the Wizard´s Eye view.

You´ll find that you´ll have to do a lot of hard work to save each town and to get the citizens back in, so that you can visit the facilities. They will return slowly, the more monsters you kill round and about; so go back often to see what´s on offer.

The trouble with this game, as indeed was the trouble with the previous ones, is that it has some serious bugs. This means that, when things don´t work out as you expected, you never know whether it´s because you did something wrong or because it´s a bug. However, this should not prevent you from having a lot of fun.

And now for more detailed tips, from the start. I´ve tried to set them out so that you can go straight to the spot which is giving you trouble. First I give the instructions for the moves most people are likely to make. At the end, I give a list of the most important sites for each area. No need to read the lot, if you don´t want to.

Greyhaven ———

Explore the town: go to the Inn, get a drink, buy food and ask for tips and rumours. You must do the latter every time you have the opportunity. Go to the Shop and buy long range weapons and also anything better you can afford. Go to the Guild and buy the best spells: Awaken, Levitate and Jump are a must. Visit the rest of the town (giving a Donation in each of the Temples should result in you getting a gift eventually). Leave the “dangerous” doors alone, even if you are cheating. There be dragons in there and you don´t stand a chance just now.

Outside (A1) ——-

You´ll be allowed into Greyhaven until you sort out the next town. After than, you won´t be able to get in. This is a very great nuisance, as you´ll find out later. If in your travels you should be lucky enough to come across a Lloyd´s Beacon item, you can set it inside Greyhaven before it is shut to you, and thus keep coming back. (If you are interested, there should be a Beacon Wand in the center of a hut village in A3 – just follow the road from Greyhaven N and then E to get to it.)

When you are ready, leave Greyhaven and follow the road N to the next town. You could explore around this area (A1) before you actually go in. You will find a guy in a caravan who will teach you all to swim (essential) in exchange for melons. Make sure you pick six only, and get everyone in the party taught. There are also some interesting wells and fountains to investigate. To activate some of the wells, which increase your attributes temporarily, you will need some magic coins which you will find later on. Frankly, I never find this exercise worth the trouble – by the time you get to wherever you wanted to be with your enhanced attributes, the charm wears out and you are back as you were before.

As in every area, you´ll find people who want certain items.

You´ll notice that you cannot get across mountains or forests – you´ll have to wait quite a bit before you learn how.

Hart —-

You start by clearing the town of an assortment of monsters. If you click on something and monsters come out, click on it again once you´ve killed them. Various people will ask you for items. You´ll find the mayor in a cage. Come back to his desk when you´ve cleared the whole town. Next, visit the tower and kill everyone. Go to the mayor again. He´ll ask you to sort the sewers and the Black Tower.

Hart´s sewers ————-

Now, I think there is a major bug here. One of the ghosts asks you to save her family who are hidding in the sewers. When I got down there I could not find them! And I spent a lot of time at it… This is important because, at the end of all the monster-clearing exercises, there is still no Magic Guild in the town.

Anyway, in the sewers, Jump to avoid the holes in the ground, click on all the bones you find and on the drains on the walls. When you´ve covered the obvious bit, look at the map. You´ll notice that it´s not “square”, i.e., it´s all on the right. You´ll have to kick a few walls in to uncover the rest. You´ll come to two piles of bones which tell you something has been hidden in one of the drains. Not true – I could not find anything of the sort. A lever near here will open up a wall to the South. Wade into that room and kill everyone. After you´ve seen to the chests, go to the grate on the floor and go down. Cast Light and save your game. I spent ages on this one, and I think I can categorically say that all there is to do here is to go into the room in the middle of the area and get a hammer. To do this, go to the right – step on the wrong square and you will be sent back to the beginning. If you haven´t clicked on the square on the top right hand side of the screen to view the area, do so now. You´ll soon see which spots are safe to tread on and you should have no problem getting to the center room.

I left the sewers with the uneasy feeling that something was wrong – yet I tried everything I could think of an could not uncover anything else. Perhaps you will discover something new. At any rate, visit the mayor again. He should say you´ve cleared the sewers, but on the other hand he might ask you to carry on with the sewers and the Black Tower.

Go round giving to the right people the items you have found. Before you leave, visit the tower again. A guy behind a desk will teach you something new. Go up the stairs and click on the throne. You´ll be told about the Elder weapons and to bring them back here.

As you leave town, the mayor asks you to sort out the trolls. You can go to Greyhaven, and try and see if you can still get in. On the way back, buy a pass at the tent next to the town. Or, if you´d rather, go directly N to B1.

If you cover this area as you go N, you´ll find a Barbarian camp you can destroy. You will also find the Pyramid of Power – the answer to the riddle is Rope. This should open up the area, but it doesn´t. Another bug. No matter, come back when you have the Wizard´s Eye spell and the Teleport. Also, you can get in another way.

Carrying on N you should find a Diamond mine at X11 Y13. You´ll need to come back here later, when you find the pick, but for now you can explore thoroughly. Don´t miss the Witches´ Coven – use Wizard´s Eye or watch the face above the play area of the screen. If it´s jaws are moving and you are facing a blank wall, kick it in.

You´ll also find a Ruby mine (these gems are needed to activate mirrors in the different towns) and further to the W, the Trolls mine. Do it thoroughly and make sure you destroy the camp.

Go back to the mayor of Hart and he still wants you to do the sewers and the Black Tower. As you go out, get asks you to defend the town from giants. I went N and found precisely two. Not finding any more, I followed the road from Hart, going N at the junction, to…

The Black Tower —————

Make sure you cover every inch of this place. Here you´ll find some people to free and also the Elder dagger. As you come out, the pesky mayor will ask you to attend to the Orcs. Head W and, in the vecinity of the mines N of Hart, you´ll find a few orcs to kill.

Go to Hart and talk to the mayor. This time he seems satisfied. Now you can visit all the shops and do a spot of buying and selling. There are some tents now, and you can teach your guys some new tricks (you´ll be able to cross forests, for one thing), but don´t fall for the 1,000 gold coins offer.

Visit the tower and you´ll get a reward for showing the chap your Elder dagger. Time to do some more exploring. Might as well find the next town. From Hart, go E until you hit the crossroads (the N one takes you to the Black Tower) then continue E. As you go along the road is a good idea to explore any dwellings by its side. At the next junction, go S. You will see a fire: click on it to talk to the mayor. Go S to A7 and into Impery.

Impery ——

First, enter the green patch at the center and you will meet a ghost. Click on the two clocks – set the morning one to 9 and the afternoon one to 5. Go into every room and down to the sewers every time you see a grate on the floor. In the sewers are barrels which will improve permanently your attributes. Determine which of you characters need extra points, if you are not cheating – you could save your game before you try the barrels. Make a note of the colour of the liquids and the attributes they boost; you´ll come across more barrels later on.

When you´ve finished clearing the town, go back to the mayor at the camp fire S of the town. He will ask you to clear the area. In A7 X6 Y1 you will find a Cyclops camp; going N into B7, there is a hole in a square green patch, B7 X5 Y2, which can be closed, thus eliminating the electrapedes. Nevertheless, you will never clear the whole area of monsters till you are able to cross mountains.

So, let´s start by getting the hard rock at A7 X12 Y13. We take that to D8 X11 Y2, where we get a soft rock and then take that to C7 X12 Y8. And now we can go through the mountains. When you think you´ve done the job, enter Impery and sort yourself out. You should have joined the Guild in the sewers, so you can get new spells.

Sand Town ———

If you are ready, we might as well go to the next town, Sand Town, which is in D7 X7 Y9. Before you go in, save the game, then cast Day of Protection. It´s going to be tough, in there. Once you´ve killed the reception committee, free the mayor and do the rounds of the town and the sewers. Then go to see the mayor and, do you know what, he will ask you to clear the surroundings of the town of monsters. Here we go again. Although I went all over the map and killed every monster available, the quest to clear the surroundings of Sand Town remained in my list; in fact, you have to clear the Caverns and, for some reason, you have to use the Mountain Staff (see further down) before the mayor will be satisfied. Still, keep going into the town and see what you can get. You particularly need more spells.

After that, it is time to go back to A1 and start systematically going through every square of the map. Go from A1 to A8, then B8 to B1, and so on, taking whatever you find to whoever needs it. When exploring around C3 use the Levitate spell – some clouds around here can let you down rather painfully. Here are some of the places you´ll be visiting.

Rettig´s Pyramid —————-

You´ll have to wall-kick all the way to the center, describing a square “spiral”.

Ascihep´s Pyramid —————–

Start by casting Day of Protection and Day of Sourcery (do this whenever you enter these places). Drink only from the red fountains and a wall will open up to the N. You will find the Mountain Staff here. You can drink from the blue fountains on the way back.

Old Temple ———-

If you visit all the statues you´ll gather that what is missing is an H, and by an extraordinary coincidence there a shape in the middle of the floor which could be changed to an H. To do this, and carefully avoiding the shape, go to the N, place yourself facing the redundant bit, and S, step forward and then back. Move one place along and do the same thing. The top bar should disappear. Still carefully avoiding to step on the dark shape, walk around to the S and, facing N, erase the redundant bit in the same way. You should now have a handsome H and walls will open up. In level 2, push a button over the fireplace – this opens up another wall. In level 3, you will find the Elder mace.

Canegut´s Pyramid —————–

You just have to kick your way into all the chambers. Leave the fountains alone, they are mostly poisonous. There were two levers here, but I was using the Day of Sorcery spell and the two guys either side of the play area shook their heads so vehemently when I went to pull them that I desisted. Try it, if you like. At any rate, you get the Sky Hook here. Not a lot of use.

Trapist Monastery —————–

Nothing terribly interesting here – you just jump around and get some items. There are levers here which my guardians didn´t approve of me pulling – I did, anyway, in various combinations but nothing happened. May be you´ll have better luck.

Caverns ——-

Free the prisoner. Collect 30 gems (there is one in a hidden chamber in Level 1 – kick a wall in to get at it). When you get to the magic pool, pull the lever, click on the pool and shove the gems in and then pull the lever again. This should send some citizens hurrying back to Sand Town.

Since it is important that you open every single chest in this area, here is a list of all the riddles I found, here and elsewhere, in case you are stuck:

Yellow… Gold
Land… Butterfly
Water… Tears
Bones… Sword
Shadows… Hope
My first is in apple… Peace
Face… Clock
Four legs… Bed
Neck… Bottle
Break… Silence
Feed… Fire

When covering each square of the map be aware that you should use the Levitate spell around C3, since some clouds might put you back in Greyhaven. Once you´ve been to each location, don´t forget to get the Diamond. Consult your quest list and see if you´ve forgotten something. I certainly couldn´t find the hammer for the guy in Sand Town, maybe you can. It doesn´t really matter, though.

Before you proceed to the NW corner of the map, and if you have not done so already, go to C6 X7 Y10 and strike the Mountain Staff in the circle of stones. Hang around here and strike it on four consecutive days. This is very important. Also, it means that the Guild will now be open in Sand Town and provide you with those extra powerful spells.

There are four towers guarded by some guys in huts. Provoke them into fighting and kill them all. Then go to all four towers and provoke the wizards into a fight. Click again on each castle to destroy it and to get important codes. In one of them you should get an Elder weapon (it changes every time you play).

If you´ve been everywhere, you should have all 6 Elder weapons. Go to the castle in Hart and you get a lot of nonsense and a heap of experience points.

And now it´s time to go in for the kill. Make sure you are tip-top in every respect and distribute the Elder weapons amongst your characters, though you needn´t arm them yet.

Go to E1 X8 Y8. You´ll need the diamond to get in. Once you are inside, go to the console and type TRANSPORT SEQ OMEGA.

The Clouds ———-

You wind up in the clouds. The orb should be chased all around, so first try and pick it up from the E side and it will move W; next, try and pick it up from the S and it will move N; and so on. Anyway, pick up the staff from the treasure heap you´ll find. Continue on. When you get to the end of the path, the orb will have been transferred to another place and you automatically jump onto a square. Facing N, advance one step. Turn E and advance one step. Turn S and advance one step. Get the orb. Next, turn around and face N. You´ll probably have to fight some whirlwinds. The idea here is to step into the clouds, in the center of the map, and fall through to…

The Underworld ————–

Fight all the nasties here and head N. You can use the firestaff in strategic places, but sparingly: try using it only on the center line, S to N. You can only use it 8 times. The GateMaster won´t let you through till you fight four more nasties. Make sure you get them all. Go through and try to get the orb. You get into another fight. Go to the W and kill whoever you meet. Click on the shrine and answer Despair. Go to the E and do the same, only this time answer Pain. Try to get the orb again. Go all the way S to where you came in and kill the guardian. Then get the orb and go up the stairs and out. Next, go to…

The Metal Tower —————

Before you go in, make sure you have armed your guys with the Elder weapons. If you need to sort them out in anyway, now is the time to do it. It is very important that you make a note of the coordinates for entries and exits into the various levels. For instance, here you are entering at X3 Y1. Go in, fight the bots, have your Thief disarm traps and find a functional console at X8 Y14. Type VEGA and find the Transport Room at X11 Y1. This will take you to the next level. The same thing again: L2, entry at X11 Y1, console X10 Y12 only the code is now ANTARES. Leave by X4 Y1. Note that in L2 there is an enclosed area which you cannot enter just yet. You´ll be coming back later.

Go on to the next level, L3, entry at X4 Y1, and, at X2 Y10, type SPICA. Move on to the next level through X7 Y3. And so on. In L4, at X7 Y14, use the code CANOPUS. In the next level, you will have the opportunity of disabling the Defense Teleport with the code ORION. Finish this level and you´ll be excluded from getting at Source by an energy field.

Go back to level 2 and, at X6 Y6, click on the console. You should now be able to enter the area to the NW of here which you couldn´t enter before. Go to the first console on the left and use the Positive Orb. Go to the next console and use the Negative Orb. Move to the W and click on the console – you have disabled the energy field.

All the way back to this field in L5 and go in through the door. Go to the computer to the right and click on it. Destroy the Source. Now it is vital that you find your way out of the ship without making any mistakes. Every time you find an exit, you are nearer a disaster. You should make it to the outside without getting blown up.

End of game. Rather disappointing, didn´t you think? With a little more effort it could have been totally brilliant.

A1

X1 Y1 Greyhaven
X4 Y11 Hart
A2

X5 Y4 Orc Fort
X8 Y6 Wolf Cave
X12 Y6 Ogre Fort
A3

X13 X16 Beacon wand (?)
X13 Y2 Snowbeasts nest
A4

X13 Y10 Pyramid of Rettig
A5

X14 Y4 Snowbeasts lair
A6

X4 Y5 Knight´s camp
X8 Y8 Ascihep´s Pyramid
A7

X9 Y7 Impery
X6 Y1 Cyclops camp
X12 Y13 Hard rock
A8

X12 Y12 Marc – builds a bridge to the island if you bring him
something. On the other hand, you could Teleport there.
B1

X12 Y6 Barbarian camp
X1 Y8 Pyramid of Power: answer to riddle, Rope
X0 Y13 Troll Mine
X2 Y10 Prestidigitator (once freed)
X11 Y13 Diamond mine
X5 Y3 Ruby mine
B2

X11 Y7 Sabretooth den: watch out for hidden chambers. X14 Y6 Pyramid of War: answer to the riddle, Peace. Watch it, you can take another exit and come out in a very nasty place

B3

X3 Y6 Black Tower
X4 Y14 Troll camp
B4

X9 Y3 Medusa camp
X7 Y14 Gargoyle nest: contains the key to Canegut´s Pyramid
B5

X13 Y6 Well guarded by a very nasty dragon: don´t attempt to drink unless you are very advanced
X8 Y14 Canegut´s Pyramid

B6

X9 Y14 Old Temple

B7

X5 Y2 Electrapods nest X11 Y11 Barbarian camp

B8

X11 Y6 Fountain of youth: don´t overdo it, watch your characters ages and stop when the number goes green. Otherwise they become 255 years old!

C1

X11 Y3 Saphire mine X5 Y9 Emerald mine

C2

X9 Y3 Trapist Monastery

C3

X6 Y5 Pyramid of War (this is the exit I was talking about earlier)

C4

X12 Y8 Arid´s Tower: Code word, CANOPUS

C5

X6 Y9 Tranax Tower: Code word, SPICA

C6

X7 Y10 This is where you strike the Staff on 4 consecutive days

C7

X12 Y8 Take soft rock here to be able to cross mountains
X3 Y1 Rocs nest
X12 Y1 Rocs nest
X9 Y3 Rocs nest

C8

X7 Y5 Caverns

D3

X12 Y4 Pyramid of Power. Answer to riddles, Clock, Fire, River, o, Bed

D4

X10 Y6 BelJurils Tower: Code word, VEGA

D5

X6 Y5 DeMares Tower: Code word, ANTARES

D7

X7 Y9 Sand Town

E1

X8 Y8 RxU986´s Tower

E3

X3 Y8 Castle of the Undead: watch out of the mummy dragon towards the end

E4

X14 Y1 Pyramid of the Dragon: here you get the pick and another Elder Weapon, plus a nasty shock. There are huge dragons here. Riddles: Silence, Hole, Water, Man. I got tired after that.

F1

X4 Y10 Metal Tower

F5

X9 Y6 Dragons lair
X3 Y14 Dragons lair
X14 Y14 Wyrms lair

F6

X11 Y15 Hydras lair
X5 Y14 Dragons lair

F8

X13 Y9 Elder spear

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