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The fiends must be driven back. And what better place to begin than the seat of our noble line?

~ The Ancestor on entering a Skirmish expedition in the Ruins

The Ruins is the first dungeon that can be explored. The former halls and seat of the Ancestor's power, the Ruins are now a black, shifting maze of corridors firmly under the control of the Necromancers and their continuously expanding undead army.

After the Ancestor's short-sighted revival of the powerful Necromancers, they moved into the Ruins that once housed your family’s lineage. There they desecrated the graves of soldiers and nobles alike, bringing them back as a mindless skeletal horde.

Ruins Music[edit]

The music that plays while exploring the Ruins is Exploring the Ruins, and during combat it is Combat in the Ruins.

Ruins Strategy[edit]

Provisions[edit]

  • Holy Water is extremely useful as there are five different curios found in the Ruins that can benefit from an application of Holy Water.
  • Skeleton Keys are a close second, considering the amount of locked curios encountered in the Ruins.
  • Medicinal Herbs have a small utility, on the Iron Maiden and Alchemy Table.
  • Antivenom and Bandages are less important here than in other locations due to the comparative lack of DOT attacks and complete absence of curio applications; but still are needed, especially the Bandages
  • Shovel is recommended for clearing Rubble.
  • Consider bringing more Food than normal, as there aren't any food-oriented curios in the Ruins.
  • Consider bringing more Torches for Shambler's Altars.

Party Composition[edit]

Characters reliant on doing Bleed damage are much less effective in Ruins than in other locations due to the presence of skeletons (which cannot bleed). Conversely, characters proficient with Blight attacks become extremely useful here as most enemies have very low blight resistance, and there are a few enemies with high PROT (less susceptible to regular direct damage, while remaining susceptible to Damage-Over-Time effects).

Crusader does really well in the Ruins due to the increased damage he deals to Unholy enemies, which are prevalent in this area. Grave Robber is fast enough to kill Bone Courtiers before they get a turn, preventing them from using their Stress-inducing attacks..

Strategy[edit]

The Ruins is the easiest region to explore: skeletons don't have many special attacks, holy curios with positive effects are easy to come by, and urns, chests, and cabinets can provide some good loot. Bone Captain is weaker than his counterparts from other regions. It's also worth noting that the Ruins' traps only do regular and stress damage, with no DOT or debuff.

The general strategy is to kill stress/damage dealers in the back ranks first, then focus on enemies without PROT, leave Bone Rabble and Bone Defender for last, as they don't hit that hard. Pulling Bone Courtier or Bone Arbalist to the front rows as well as knocking Cultist Brawler back to 3/4 position can be a good idea: they will use weaker attacks to get back to their desired position. Alternatively, if your party has enough damage, speed, and stun ability, enemy groups with two Bone Courtiers and/or Bone Arbalists can be great opportunities for recuperation — by killing the two front-line enemies first (and removing their corpses) so that the Courtiers / Arbalists move into the first two rows, you can reduce the enemy force to two monsters that are stuck in rows where they deal very little melee damage and no stress damage outside of an infrequent critical hit, allowing you to stun or simply tank the negligible damage while restoring lost health and stress.

Things to watch out for[edit]

List of Ruins Monsters[edit]

Enemies found within the Ruins
Enemy HP DODGE PROT SPD Type Resistances Abilities
Bone Militia.png
Bone Soldier
10 0% 15% 2 Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 25%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 200%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 15%
Poptext move.png Move - 20%

"Graveyard Slash"
"Graveyard Stumble"

Bone Courtier.png
Bone Courtier
10 12.5% 0% 8 Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 10%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 200%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 15%
Poptext move.png Move - 10%

"Tempting Goblet"Stress +15
"Knife in the Dark"

Bone Arbalist.png
Bone Arbalest
15 5% 0% 5 Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 10%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 200%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 15%
Poptext move.png Move - 25%

"Quarrel"+25% damage vs Mark
"Bayonet Jab"

Bone Defender.png
Bone Defender
15 0% 25% 0 Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 25%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 200%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 15%
Poptext move.png Move - 50%

"Axeblade"
"Dead Weight"StunKnockback 1
"Clumsy Axeblade"

Bone Solider.png
Bone Spearman
22 8.75% 0% 4 Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 45%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 30%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 220%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 35%
Poptext move.png Move - 45%

"Spear Thrust"Knockback 1
"Impale"

BoneCaptainAttack1.png
Bone Captain
51 8.75% 33% 1 Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 70%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 30%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 220%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 40%
Poptext move.png Move - 95%

"Crushing Blow"Debuff: Stun Resist -30%
"Ground Pound"Stun

Bone Bearer.png
Bone Bearer
45 35.5% 15% 7 Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 245%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 75%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 245%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 60%
Poptext move.png Move - 60%

"Defend the Icon"
"Wicked Surge"Buff: +10 ACC, +20% DMG
"Unholy Rally" Used at the end of every roundRevives a dead ally

Passive: While the Bone Bearer is alive, all enemies except itself receive +25% DMG

Bone Necromancer.png
Necromancer
105 0% 0% 8 Unholy
Eldritch

Poptext stun.png Stun - 75%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 20%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 20%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 40%
Poptext move.png Move - 25%

"The Flesh is Willing"Summons 1 "Bone" monster
"The Crawling Dead"Summons 1 "Bone" monster
"Six Feet Under"Stress +15Summons 1 "Bone" monster

Prophet Sprite.png
Prophet
105 5% 0% 0 Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 100%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 0%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 0%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 20%
Poptext move.png Move - 300%

"Calamitous Prognostication" Used at the start of every roundRank Mark
"Rubble of Ruin" Used at the end of every round
"Eye on You"StunStress +11
"Fulminate"Blight 1

Pew Small.png
Small Pew
25 0% 0% 0 Carpentry

Poptext stun.png Stun - 200%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 200%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 200%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 200%
Poptext move.png Move - 300%

None
Pew Medium.png
Medium Pew
40 0% 0% 0 Carpentry

Poptext stun.png Stun - 200%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 200%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 200%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 200%
Poptext move.png Move - 300%

None
Pew Large.png
Large Pew
55 0% 0% 0 Carpentry

Poptext stun.png Stun - 200%
Poptext poison.png Blight - 200%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 200%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 200%
Poptext move.png Move - 300%

None


Curios[edit]

Curios found within the Ruins
Curio & type Description Cleansing Without cleansing
Alchemy Table.png
Alchemy Table
Knowledge.
A partially intact set of experimental equipment.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Torch.png
TorchThe torch oil helps create a powerful blazing mixture!
Medicinal Herbs.png
Medicinal HerbsThe herbs disinfect the station, allowing for successful research.
Torch up.curio tracker.png
Increase Light Meter
to 100.
Loot.curio tracker.png
Gold/Gems x2
Poptext poison.png
50% BlightAn accident occurs during the experiment.
Loot.curio tracker.png
25% Gold/Gems x1New metals are synthesized.
Nothing.curio tracker.png
25% NothingThe experiments do not yield any findings.


Altar of Light.png
Altar of Light
Worship.
A small holy altar seems out of place against the backdrop of corruption.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Holy Water.png
Holy WaterYou have curried favor from the gods!
Buff.curio tracker.png
Buff DMG +30% Until Camp
Buff.curio tracker.png
Buff DMG +20% Until Camp



Bookshelf.png
Bookshelf
Knowledge.
A bookshelf full of old, leather-bound books.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Scout Ahead.png
20% ScoutingA map is found tucked between the volumes.
Stress.curio tracker.png
20% Stress +15The hero reads a most unsettling passage.
Quirk pos.curio tracker.png
13.3% Positive QuirkThe knowledge forever changes the hero.
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
6.7% Negative QuirkThe knowledge forever changes the hero.
Inv journal page.png
20% Journal Entry
Nothing.curio tracker.png
20% NothingThe volumes are dull and uninteresting.
Confession Booth.png
Confession Booth
Worship; Reflective.
A forsaken confession booth. It hasn't been used in years.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Holy Water.png
Holy WaterThe ritual relieves the hero.
Heal stress.curio tracker.png
Stress Heal 30
Stress.curio tracker.png
50% Stress +15The hero's history of sins is too much to bear.
Loot.curio tracker.png
25% Gold/Trinket x6 + Journal EntryThe booth contains hidden treasure...
Purge neg.curio tracker.png
25% Purge Negative QuirkThe hero is absolved of a sin.


Decorative Urn.png
Decorative Urn
Haunted; Scrounging.
An urn holds ashes of the departed.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Holy Water.png
Holy WaterThe consecrated water dissolves the ashes. Valuables remain!
Shovel.png
ShovelWhat sort of person defiles the dead?
Loot.curio tracker.png
Gems/Trinket x2 + Gems x2
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
Negative Quirk: Guilty Conscience
Loot.curio tracker.png
44.4% Gems/Trinket x1 + Gems x2Sentimental gifts are hidden inside.
Poptext poison.png
22.2% BlightThe hero becomes infected by the ashes.
Poptext disease.png
7.4% Disease: Creeping CoughThe ashes make the hero cough violently.
Poptext disease.png
3.7% Random DiseaseThe hero contracts a deadly disease.
Nothing.curio tracker.png
22.2% NothingThe urn's purpose is purely decorative.
Holy Fountain.png
Holy Fountain
Fountain; Worship.
An ornate fountain of holy purport.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Holy Water.png
Holy WaterDivine benefit!
Heal stress.curio tracker.png
Stress Heal 20, Cure Status Effects, Heal 12 HP
Heal stress.curio tracker.png
50% Stress Heal 10, Cure Status Effects, Heal 5 HP
Loot.curio tracker.png
50% Gold/Gems x2Propitiations are found at the bottom of the fountain.



Iron Maiden.png
Iron Maiden
Haunted; Torture.
A rusty iron maiden stands against the wall, clasped shut.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Medicinal Herbs.png
Medicinal HerbsThe herbs cleanse the maiden, allowing a thorough search.
Loot.curio tracker.png
Any Loot x2
Loot.curio tracker.png
40% Any Loot x2A few treasures are hidden in the iron maiden.
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
20% Negative Quirk: Claustrophobia
Poptext disease.png
13.3% Disease: TetanusThe hero inhales foul vapours.
Poptext disease.png
6.7% Random Disease
Nothing.curio tracker.png
20% Nothing
Locked Display Cabinet.png
Locked Display Cabinet
Treasure; Scrounging.
There could be valuables left inside, but this cabinet is locked.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Skeleton Key.png
Skeleton KeyTreasures are stashed in the cabinet!
Shovel.png
ShovelSmashed the cabinet open...
Loot.curio tracker.png
Gold/Heirlooms x3 + Gold/Gems x2
Currency.portrait.icon.png
Gold/Heirlooms x2 + Gold/Gems x2
Poptext bleed.png
50% BleedIt's trapped!
Poptext poison.png
50% BlightIt's trapped!



Locked Sarcophagus.png
Locked Sarcophagus
Haunted; Reflective.
An ornate sarcophagus. It's locked.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Skeleton Key.png
Skeleton KeyThe Skeleton Key opens the sarcophagus to reveal its contents.
Shovel.png
ShovelBroke into the sarcophagus...
Loot.curio tracker.png
Gold/Heirlooms x2 + Gold/Trinket x1
Currency.portrait.icon.png
Gold/Heirlooms x1 + Gold/Trinket x1
Poptext bleed.png
50% BleedIt's trapped!
Poptext poison.png
50% BlightIt's trapped!



Sarcophagus.png
Sarcophagus
Haunted; Reflective; Body.
An ornate sarcophagus. It is slightly ajar.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Pass.png


Currency.portrait.icon.png
60% Gold/Heirlooms x2Hidden treasures!
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
20% Negative Quirk: ThanatophobiaThe hero contemplates mortality...
Nothing.curio tracker.png
20% Nothing


Suit of Armor.png
Suit of Armor
Haunted; Reflective.
An antique suit of armor stands amidst the ruins.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Pass.png


Buff.curio tracker.png
75% Buff PROT +15% /DODGE +10 Until CampThe armor protects the hero with a knightly aura.
Quirk pos.curio tracker.png
12.5% Positive Quirk: Ruins Adventurer
Quirk pos.curio tracker.png
12.5% Positive Quirk: Ruins Tactician



Curios found within all dungeons
Curio & type Description Cleansing Without cleansing
Crate.png
Crate
Treasure.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Currency.portrait.icon.png
75% HeirloomThe crate contains stashed heirlooms!
Nothing.curio tracker.png
25% NothingThe crate is empty.



Discarded Pack.png
Discarded Pack
Scrounging; Treasure.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Loot.curio tracker.png
60% Supplies x1 + Gold/Gems x2 + Journal EntryThe pack contains loot!
Scout Ahead.png
20% ScoutingThe pack has a map inside it!
Nothing.curio tracker.png
20% NothingThe pack has already been looted.


Eldritch Altar.png
Eldritch Altar
Haunted; Unholy.
An altar dedicated to unholy abominations. Perhaps a great power lies within.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Holy Water.png
Holy WaterThe holy water purifies the altar!
Purge neg.curio tracker.png
Purge Negative Quirk
Stress.curio tracker.png
40% Stress +25A terrifying presence is felt nearby!
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
10% Negative Quirk
Nothing.curio tracker.png
50% NothingThe altar's purpose is purely decorative.


Heirloom Chest.png
Heirloom Chest
Treasure.
A chest with your family's sigil.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Skeleton Key.png
Skeleton KeyThe key unlocks a hidden compartment!
Currency.portrait.icon.png
Heirloom x4
Currency.portrait.icon.png
75% Heirloom x2The contents are yours!
Poptext bleed.png
12.5% BleedIt's trapped!
Poptext poison.png
12.5% BlightIt's trapped!


Sack.png
Sack
Scrounging.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Loot.curio tracker.png
75% GoldThe sack's contents are yours...
Nothing.curio tracker.png
25% NothingThe sack is empty.



Sconce.png
Sconce
Scrounging
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Torch.png
100% Torch x1You salvage the unburned torch.



Shambler's Altar.png
Shambler's Altar
None.
It says: "The sacrifice of fire is the gate to ruin! Place a torch if you crave the void!"

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Torch.png
TorchA terrifying figure emerges from the darkness!
Summon.curio tracker.png
Summon Shambler
Nothing.curio tracker.png
100% NothingTouching the altar has no effect.



Stack of Books.png
Stack of Books
Knowledge.
A stack of literary treasures in an unlikely location

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Torch.png
TorchThe hero destroyed knowledge, and now must bear the guilt of it!
Stress.curio tracker.png
Stress +100
Stress.curio tracker.png
22.2% Stress +25The hero reads a most unsettling passage.
Quirk pos.curio tracker.png
22.2% Random Positive Quirk (66.67%)Reading a few pages has a lasting effect on the hero...
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
11.1% Random Negative Quirk (33.33%)Reading a few pages has a lasting effect on the hero...
Abandon Hope.png
11.1% Decrease Light Meter by 25The hero reads a most unsettling passage.
Inv journal page.png
16.7% Journal Entry
Nothing.curio tracker.png
16.7% NothingThe volumes are desiccated and unremarkable.
Unlocked Strongbox.png
Unlocked Strongbox
Treasure.
A long-forgotten strongbox sits on the cold stone floor, its contents unknown.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Pass.png


Loot.curio tracker.png
75% Any Loot x2The contents are yours!
Poptext poison.png
25% BlightIt's trapped!




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