There is one warning to be aware of in advance, however: You will find some high-level locks on the upper floors that we found immune to our highest casting level of the Elemental "Lock Melt" spell, so you will ideally want to have as much skill in lock picking as you can manage in your final run into Talushorn. (If you haven't invested enough points in lock picking, there is a pair of gloves called "Burglar's Gloves" available in some shops: These won't force you to burgle anyone, but will add +2 to your Pick Locks skill level, so we recommend picking them up if you see them in shops.)Finally, also make sure you bring the Crux of Fire and the Strange Viewing Glass with you, in order to complete the final chapter.
Talushorn, Ground Floor
|The Taurax warriors honor their dead by mounting their heads along the wall|
|The Taurax have a large salt-lick block in this central chamber on the ground floor.|
|After throwing the series of levers, these stairs lead up to the second floor of Talushorn...|
From the top of the stairs in Talushorn, you will soon come to a large gated arena where a Taurax warrior is battling some Brimstone Spiders. If you head up around the outer passages, you'll encounter a few points with some black powder kegs, and will probably need at least one of these to clear an obstruction a short way ahead.
As you circle all the way around north and northeast (where you'll pass a southern passage obstructed by a closed gate if you turn off), the passage will eventually turn back around south and then southwest, and place you in a chamber where some Taurax Spearmasters have a practice range.
|The Taurax spearmasters have a practice range where you'll need to use a black-powder keg to blow up the fence in the southwest in order to get past.|
|A mage with Haste cast on himself runs through the gap blown in the fence...|
There are some more levers to open gates into the arena and a chest near there, but the passage you'll need to eventually take is the one heading southwest of the Spearmaster's practice range, leading into a fenced prison enclosure. A strange being is visible in the interior of the enclosure, and you'll be able to speak with it after opening the outer gate:
|You will meet a dying Orakur named Shina in this chamber, and can speak to him from outside the cell.|
Here you'll finally meet one of the creatures known as "Orakur." This one will tell you that his name is Shina, and he does not have long to live. Before he dies, he will tell you many things about the core plot, including the true intentions of the being known as "The One," and a warning that it is dangerous to destroy a Crux stone, as it could upset the balance of all life in Eschalon.
After Shina dies, you'll have to evade some more Taurax who open up a nearby gate in the south in order to attack you, but you'll then be able to continue south, pull another lever to open another gate, and then optionally explore the southern chambers to raid some treasure chests before exiting in the northeast passage stairwell.
|An invisible mage slips past the Taurax warriors, after they open the gate to attack him...|
Having ascended to the third floor, you'll face a puzzle in a room with rows of levers and a pressure plate. You'll find a clue on a plaque nearby, in which the small arrow stands for the exit, and some lines between equally spaced nodes clue you in about which levers to throw in the two rows.
The chambers ahead aren't as much of a challenge to get through, and the ones in the lower passages northeast of the dragonel room have some chests containing potions and a magic sword, Hellrime (which is worth quite a bit of gold if you egressed from Talushorn to sell it).
|The Taurax who ambush you here still can't attack you if you're using invisibility spells or potion to raid the chests.|
Talushorn's Toughest Locks
This is one of the tough locks we warned about earlier, and the other is just ahead on the next floor. Anyone relying on Lock Melt spell up until now might hit a snag here on a pacifist run, since the only other way to get a key to this door is to kill the Taurax carrying the key. Fortunately, it's also possible to pick the lock instead, as long as you have enough skill points in lock picking, and enough lock picks to last through multiple attempts.
|This lock leading to General Ghorr's chamber is immune to the lockmelt spell, and requires some skill in Pick Locks to open.|
|"Chance to pick: 1%": An example of what you don't want to see if you arrive with only a few skill points in the Pick Locks skill.|
Talushorn, Fourth Floor
At the top of the stairs, you'll find yourself in a narrow passage leading northwest. Be warned: There are some gates at the end of the passage that will shut behind you after you pass through and trap you inside, unless you backtrack before it's too late.
|These gates will slam shut and trap you inside Talushorn so that there is no turning back...|
|Destroy these technological Orakur devices to open chambers nearby|
When you enter General Ghorr's chamber, you'll hear a ferocious roar echo into the room, and will hear stamping hooves as both Ghorr and his other Taurax minions bear down on you.
|General Ghorr (shown highlighted) is nearly twice the size of the other Taurax, but still can't attack you if you're invisible.|
You also have the option of approaching the western side chamber and examining the door on the northern wall, where you'll find a combination lock. The combination comes from counting the number of water-filled floor tiles starting from the group closest to the door: 2514. This will open a chamber letting you claim a hoard of treasures including gold and mithril bars, gemstones, potions, and some other oddities such as goblin dice and a skull.
To exit the chamber, you'll need to attend to the level 10 lock at the rear of the chamber.
General Ghorr & The Lava Squares
If for some reason you couldn't manage to invest enough points in lock picking to manage the very last door and its "lock of wondrous design," but still want to finish a zero kill run, there is an indirect option that at least won't require you to use violence yourself: With enough patience, you'd actually just need to either hide with stealth or invisibility, or run around the room while General Ghorr rampages around the chamber. While he does this, he will periodically stampede through his own lava-filled floor pits and sustain fire damage.
|General Ghorr sustains 20 points of fire damage rampaging through his own lava tiles...|
The Conclusion to Eschalon Book II
After you get past the level 10 lock in Ghorr's battle arena, you can enter the narrow passageway beyond and find another chamber containing the Crux of Ages at the other end. You'll receive a message stating that "You can feel the gemstone that you have in your possession, the Crux of Fire, being pulled toward this stone." When you approach the pedestal, this will complete the quest "Destroy the Crux, Part 3: Locate the Crux of Ages."
|Khorren teleports into the chamber for the conclusion of Eschalon: Book II|
There is a lot more of the Eschalon trilogy's story to come in Book III, but this concludes Eschalon Book II.
|Eschalon Book III picks up seamlessly at the exact point where Book II ends here...|
(After the ending sequence plays, you'll also be rewarded with your player score and statistics sheet, which will say "Total number of Kills: 0", and award you the in-game achievement "The Pacifist," among other possible in-game achievements.)