KIMAL OF XANTHOS & THE ALCHEMIST PAK'MUN:
In the larger settlement of Xanthos, you will find a woman named Kimal who tells you that Varns (aka Jackals) often conduct raids on the village, and that one of them fell into the well during one such fiasco, causing the water to become contaminated...
|Kimal of Xanthos, standing beside the well which requires purification to save the village...|
The good news: This journey isn't dangerous for you at all, since you can easily outrun everything, as always. The bad news: After speaking with Pak'Mun, you'll learn that you're going to need a scorpion gland in order for him to complete his potion...
|Pak'Mun, desert mage and alchemist...|
However, if the desire for a stinger to complete the quest outweighs your ardent opposition to in-game conflict, you could also do something like casting Chaos Rage on one of the scorpions to get them into a fight, and then cast Resurrection on them after first "borrowing" a stinger.
The two scorpions haunting the ruin directly below Pak'Mun's camp would of course be the obvious choices for this exercise.
If you bring Pak'Mun the scorpion gland: Pak'Mun will prepare a "Depoisoner" potion with the poison gland, and you'll receive experience points as a reward. You can then return to Xanthos and give the Depoisoner to Kimal, and she'll thank you and reward you with more gold and experience.
(Note: We also found lots of depoisoners at other times, and aren't sure whether you could actually give Kimal one of those as an alternative, if you want to try out a purist alternative that might save a giant scorpion's life.)
THILATUS OF XANTHOS vs the JACKALS
Thilatus is standing a little ways north of Kimal in the settlement of Xanthos, and he'll tell you that a dangerous pack of jackals are preparing to perform a raid too fierce for the defenders to withstand. He implores you to go and destroy the Varns to save the village, offering you rewards if you have the bravery and skill to do this.
We can't be sure, but strongly suspect that the Varns he is worried about won't ever actually attack the village, and that they would not be a match for even a handful of the warriors of Xanthos if they did attack— but that turns out to be a moot point:
|Outside the Varn encampment...|
A cynic might call this an AI exploit, but we thought it was fair enough, as there is no way those Varns would actually have been able to destroy Xanthos even if they'd ever tried. We consequently wrote this off as a "reconnaissance" mission in which we were able to allay Thilatus' unnecessary pessimism concerning the menace of the Varn camp, and returned to give him the good news that the village was now safe. Reporting to Thilatus at this point will reward you with experience.
Also, if you mention the White Dragon to him, Thilatus may also advise you to speak with Ari Aldamor, the "Dragon Whisperer..."
THE DRAGON WHISPERER ARI ALDAMOR
As far as the main storyline quests are concerned, one of the most important characters you'll meet in the desert is Ari Aldamor, the "Dragon Whisperer."
You can find his hut more or less in the central desert slightly northwest of the center and west of Xanthos, near a stone ruin.
|The hute of the Dragon Whisperer Ari Aldamor|
However, the White Dragon nurtured a venomous grudge during its exile, and hatched a plot to revenge itself by exploiting the power of a strange crystal:
|Ari Aldamoor tells the tell of the Albino Dragon called "The Great White One"|
As you may have guessed, this strange crystal the White Dragon used on its minions to enable them to steal the eggs is none other than the "Relic Air Stone" which you need to solve your quest to restore the Relic...
|The White Dragon's stomping grounds in the Drak'ar Desert...|
(The other denizens of the desert don't have much to say in the White Dragon's defense either, as you'll have already found out by visiting Xanthos or the Oasis.)
Aldamor suggests that if you could find out where the White Dragon has hidden the eggs it stole, then he could bring an end to its reign of tyranny by removing that source of its power over the other dragons...
|Near the top of the secret pass leading to the White Dragon's secret hoard...|
|The White Dragon's hoard contains the stolen eggs, and the mysterious crystal, which is none other than the Relic Air Stone...|
Unfortunately, at this point, we're not sure if there's any way to provide a happier ending to this drama than by either telling Aldamor about the eggs, or by just leaving with the Air element without resolving the rest of the dragon quests:
|Experience points received for reporting the location of the dragon's lair to Ari Aldamor|
The White Dragon is no match for the others, since he was maimed by them when they banished him a long time ago, and finding him slain is a bit depressing, even though it rewards the protagonist just for witnessing the event.
|He may have been a bad egg, but we still felt sorry for him at this point...|
Most slain creatures in the game don't ever disappear, but unfortunately we were disappointed to find the White Dragon's body had disappeared when we returned with the Resurrection spell.
But if we ever do another run through Two Worlds, we'll definitely make sure to have the Resurrection spell ready as soon as we reach this point, just in case we can bring a kinder and gentler White Dragon back to life, the same way we did with the Ogre at Windbreak Village, the orcs at Ashos, and a great many others...
|We didn't have the Resurrection spell at this point, but next time we'll definitely try it before the other dragons deal out their frontier justice against this unfortunate creature...|
PRANTAX'S QUEST: "Crystal Search"
This is an oasis (called alternately Kehar or Nahat, depending on which version of the world map you consult) where you will find a man named Prantax, who has an alternative quest to face the White Dragon:
Prantax will tell you that if you gather enough crystals and bring them to the Dragon's Lair, it will cause the White Dragon to eventually arrive there, so you can face it in battle...
We didn't test this one out, but mention it in case other pacifist challengers want to give it a try and compare the rewards: After all, in places like Earth Claw Tower and the Varn's encampment in eastern Drak'Ar, we were surprised by being given quest rewards just by sneaking or running into each dangerous site, without ever having to kill anyone or anything there.
However, if that approach failed, you could also presumably just run away with ease, like you can from virtually every other foe in the game, including the much tougher Sand Dragons found throughout other parts of the Drak'ar Desert...