7. The Mountains of Solitude and Electricity Dungeon
The Mountains of Solitude
This is the area that leads to the Electricity Dungeon which is nothing like the Water and Fire Dungeons as it's just a single path past some swinging hazards. You'll still have to defeat a guardian, have Aether absorb the shard, and the run through a sunray sequence like you had to do twice before.
From the start, feel free to go upward into a pond and Aether will run into and frolic in a waterfall, but this is completely optional.
Head directly left from the entrance to encounter a new type of golem enemy that does projectile and melee attacks. Kill him and follow the lower wall to the left until you encounter another new golem enemy with a large axe. Kill him and continue following the lower wall until you reach a pedestal with an Amulet of Shadows upgrade. Head down from here and follow the wall (now on your right) and you'll find a set of steps leading down. Kill the golem that comes from the left and another with spears on the right, then head to the right and you'll see a cave entrance. Go in, activate a runic circle (I'm really not sure what shortcut this creates, though), then go back outside and continue to the right to find a Shrine of Power. Heading down here would lead you back to the City of Yersinia in the final area with a gate that had three skulls above it, but there's no need to go that way at all.
Head back to the left, kill the golems, and continue left without going up the steps. Go across a wooden bridge and then head downward where you'll see a bonfire and encounter a spear golem. Continue downward and through a wooden structure, following the linear path downward further until you see a square grey plate on the ground.
Head down from here and a gate will close behind you. Go right and kill a giant knight, then collect a Fragment of Luce (1/15, 56/100) in a cage at the end of the path. The go to the left side of the area and kill another giant knight so that the gate opens and you can leave. Should Aether be abducted by shadow enemies, her jail cage is at the far left side of this area.
Backtrack upward until you reach the wooden bridge and continue further upward to reach a wooden entrance. Go in and kill a spear golem, then head up the steps. Kill a golem at the top, then collect a Fragment of Luce (2/15, 57/100) in plain sight. Find another Fragment of Luce (3/15, 58/100) by breaking a wooden crate on the right, then go down the steps and head down/right and back to another set of steps further right. If you need to heal, run further right to the Shrine of Power, then go back to the steps and from the top head straight upward. Kill some golems along the way and You'll eventually pass the pedestal with the Amulet of Shadows upgrade and see another set of steps. To the left will be a glowing shrine guarded by a knight with a flaming sword.
Kill him (for me, it took one normal/hard combo), then interact with the Shrine of Courage (3/4) and you'll be teleported to an ethereal area. Work through this area and interact with the red hospital bed in the back. You'll then return to the mountains with a notification that an Echo from the Other Side has been unlocked. Press to open your inventory and see that more of the microchip image in the upper left has been filled in by finding the third Shrine of Courage. Head left and kill a projectile golem, then continue to find a Shrine of Power and rest.
Enter a cave down/left from here and you'll be immediately attacked by two bandits. A single hard attack should kill them but be careful as the shielded one can one-shot you. After killing them, interact with the Shrine of Wisdom (5/5) to increase Aether's power and an achievement will unlock:
Unlocked by 2 tracked gamers (1% - TA Ratio = 9.79)
Exit this cave and head right. Go up the set of steps and continue upward, fighting off the shadow enemies that appear. Kill some golems and continue upward until you reach a cave; enter and interact with a pedestal with a face on the right. This will light up the first of three lights around a door. Exit and follow the path downward until you can go left. Do so and you'll see another cave entrance, but go past it and across a long bridge (this cave contains the door with the three lights so we'll come back to it after finding the other two pillars with faces).
After crossing the long bridge, continue left and you'll see another cave entrance. There's literally nothing (that I could find, at least) in here so don't bother going inside. If you go straight down you'll find some steps that lead to the sunray for the next sequence. Go back up to the cave entrance and down the steps to the left. Kill some golems as you head upward along a path that leads to another cave entrance. Once inside, climb some ladders to get to a platform with the next face pliiar and interact with it to light up the second light. Exit the cave and backtrack down to the steps, then head left and you'll come to the giant blue shrine for the area. For the third and final sunray sequence, you'll have to go right to the steps, then pretty much straight down to the sunray. I'll explain in detail later.
Go straight down from the giant shrine, kill some golems, and follow the ledge to the left. You'll eventually get to a Shrine of Power, so rest here.
Be careful, though, as the third giant hangs out not too far from the shrine and you may stir him up without even trying. I was able to kill him with a single hard attack, but that likely was a trigger from the Vorpal effect on the Giant Sword. You want to handle him like the one in the forest by baiting him into a hard attack at full range, then immediately rolling away and kiting him around until your stamina regens so you can repeat. Once he is dead, collect the 10 Fragments of Luce that he drops (68/100). Rest at the Shrine of Power if needed.
Go straight up from the shrine to find a campsite and break the barrels on the left side to find a Fragment of Luce (4/15, 69/100). Head slightly right, then up to find another bridge heading left. Cross it, killing a golem along the way, then kill another golem on the other side. Go downward and follow the ledge around to the left and you'll find a Fragment of Luce (5/15, 70/100). Then go upward and enter another cave.
You'll be attacked immediately by bandits as soon as you enter, so be prepared. There's a bonfire down/right from the entrance. Interact with it so Aether stays put, then go upward and drop off the right side to a wooden bridge. Climb up the other side and kill the bandit that is waiting for you, then go downward and pull a switch to open a door so that Aether can rejoin you (press to call her to you). Break the wooden crates on the right to reveal a Fragment of Luce (6/15, 71/100).
Go straight upward and then down some steps and you'll be attacked by two bandits. Hide behind the wooden structure to lead a new sorcerer enemy to you for an easier kill, then climb a nearby ladder to reach a Fragment of Luce (7/15, 72/100). You can climb a nearby ladder to reach a platform with a Crossbow +++, but this may not necessarily be better than your current crossbow (if you even still have one) as it uses a huge amount of stamina per shot. Climb down and go up the steps down/right from the ladder to encounter another bandit and sorcerer guarding the third pillar with a face.
Interact with it to light up the third light and open the door to the Electricity Dungeon. Continue along the downward path and go out onto a wooden platform with a visible wooden platform below, then drop down to it. Look left to see a fragment out on a precarious ledge. I won't lie: this can be annoying as it's very easy to fall and die here, especially since the ledge is obscured briefly by a pillar in the foreground. Carefully inch along the precarious ledge to collect a Fragment of Luce (8/15, 73/100), then continue across and climb up the ladder back to safety. If you die, you'll have to run all the way back :(
Continue left and up some steps, killing some bandits as you follow the path. You'll see a Fragment of Luce (9/15, 74/100) out in the open, so collect it and then continue following the path to the left, then around and upward and you'll eventually fight through bandits and get back to the start of the cave. Exit, then head right and across the bridge. Once you reach the other side, go downward and slightly left to get to the Shrine of Power to rest.
Head up/right from here to get to the giant blue shrine. For the sunray sequence, you'll want to leave Aether in the shrine and run directly right to find and kill the spear golem, then go back and pick up Aether and run right and slightly upward to the steps. Leave Aether on the steps and move downward to kill a golem, then pick her up and run downward and slightly right to avoid stirring up a projectile golem on the left. You'll eventually reach the stairs that lead to the circle with the sunray. With that figured out, head across the stone bridge on the right and into the cave entrance.
You'll be charged by a bandit as soon as you enter, so be prepared. Kill a second bandit in the area below the entrance steps, then head upward and follow the path around to the left. Kill a few more bandits as you follow the linear path and you'll eventually see a ladder on the left that leads up to a platform with a barrel. Smash the barrel for a Fragment of Luce (10/15, 75/100), then climb down and continue down/right along the path. Kill some more bandits as you continue along and you'll come to an upward slope. Continue along the path and ignore the wooden bridge on the right as you continue upward, killing more bandits as you go. Kill one last bandit and sorcerer to reach the open door to the area with the Guardian of the Electricity Shard.
Kill a golem as you head upward, then rest at the Shrine of Power. Kill the golem beyond the wooden structure on the right, then head into the area with a ring of stones, a bonfire, and a lift. Leave Aether at the bonfire and go up the lift (pull the lever inside it). Kill a golem to the right, then drop down to a wooden beam with a Fragment of Luce (11/15, 76/100). Drop down, step on the square grey plate to call the lift, and take the lift back up. Go left and kill two golems, then interact with a book at the end of the path (Book V, 7/7) and an achievement will unlock:
Unlocked by 2 tracked gamers (1% - TA Ratio = 9.79)
Aether will be abducted by shadow enemies at some point, but don't worry about it for now. Head back to the right, past the lift, and take a ladder down to a lower platform. Break the wooden crate on the left for a Fragment of Luce (12/15, 77/100), then continue right. Kill an annoying projectile golem on the path and climb up a ladder, then continue to the right. Go past the lift to break a barrel for a Fragment of Luce (13/15, 78/100), then take the lift up. Head left and kill the golem in the central area, but continue left and kill another golem. Break a jar along the wall to reveal a Fragment of Luce (14/15, 79/100), then pull the lever on the wall to extend a bridge below (the nearby chest contains a Tower Shield but I'm not sure how this compares to Luce's Shield. which you may or may not have anyway). Run up in the central area to activate the runic circle, then take the previous lift down and head left, crossing the newly extended bridge to get a Fragment of Luce (15/15, 80/100). Then continue left and take the other lift back to the bottom. Go downward and left of the Shrine of Power to find Aether's jail cell and pull the lever to release her, then rest at the Shrine. Kill the golem by the wooden structure and walk into the swirling lights to be taken to the runic circle. Activate it again and head upward and into the Electricity Dungeon.
This dungeon is just a short path past some hazards. Hold Aether by the hand as you carefully move past the series of swinging blades and then make your way upward to trigger the battle with the Guardian of the Electricity Shard.
Again, since the Giant Sword is so strong, he should die in a few hits so there's not really any strategy to discuss. After you kill him, an achievement will unlock:
Unlocked by 3 tracked gamers (2% - TA Ratio = 8.00)
You can then proceed upward so that Aether can absorb the Electricity shard, after which an achievement will unlock:
Unlocked by 3 tracked gamers (2% - TA Ratio = 8.00)
The third and final sunray sequence will then begin. This one is also much easier and shorter than the one on the forest but you'll have to engage two enemies on the way.
Pick Aether up and run downward and into the swirling lights to be teleported to the mountain shrine. As I explained earlier, leave Aether in the shrine and run directly right to find and kill the spear golem, then go back and pick up Aether and run right and slightly upward to the steps. Leave Aether on the steps and move downward to kill a golem, go back and pick her up, and then run downward and slightly right to avoid stirring up a projectile golem on the left. You'll eventually reach the stairs that lead to the circle with the sunray. Set her down inside and she will absorb the beam of light for several seconds, after which the third sequence will be complete.
Head upward, then right and across a long bridge. Continue to the right until you reach a ledge with a tree and some grass below, then go down/left and down some steps. Go straight down from here and go down some steps, then head right past a cave entrance to a Shrine of Power to rest. Go back to the left and continue past the steps, then cross a wooden bridge. Head up/left until you can go directly left, then continue until the path slopes downward.
Continue along the linear path and exit into the next area.
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