Guide to Ilshenar
Moongates and Shrines
Spirituality: Located on the far south-east side of the map. One of the most safe spots to enter Ilshenar is located here. Walking north a bit leads into a large forest where wild horses seem to be waiting for their new masters. Also in these forests a new species, the unicorn, can be found. The unicorn can be controlled by females only. Also small pixies floated about in this forest, with names like Xian, Klian, Piku and Liera. Any form of communication failed and their actual purpose eludes me, although I did notice them attacking a suspicious looking person on sight. Walk to the east from here to find the entrance to what I call 'the dungeon of blood'. Skeletons guard the entrance and you'd better be sure that you want to see the inside of that dungeon because the hell cats, blood elementals, imps and the collector of souls will have a blast! At the far end of the dungeon one can find a new monster called 'succubus' that will surely appeal to the male hormones. Going farther north from the shrine leads to the Twin Oaks Tavern and beyond that to the spider forest where giant spiders and trolls await the lone traveller. Twin Oaks Tavern looks out over the large Termir Ilshen (Ilshen's Lake). In the middle of the lake one can see Reg Volom (Home of the Spiritual Wings). Reg Volom can be reached by using the teleporter found in the spider cave north of the Tavern. Going west from the shrine of Spirituality leads to a sheep farm and beyond that lies the next shrine

Sacrifice: Due north of this shrine lies a deserted town called Lakeshire that is occupied by gazers and elder gazers. North-west of the shrine one can find a ratmen infested area and a very large dungeon-like cave where ratmen and earth elementals seem to be guarding a jewel mine. Inside lies the feared Skeletal Dragon. Moving farther north leads across a healer's forest to a path across the mountains. Tucked away against the mountains on your right hand lies Bet-Lem Reg (Home of the Small). The path leads north, then west past Pormir Priin (River of Unity), then south to the next shrine.

  Justice: This area swarms with imps, mongbats and headless ones in a forest of reapers, and close to the river the water elementals have their home. If you decide to use this moongate as destination, prepare for immediate battle upon arrival. Eventually the path leads south and west to another deserted town called Mistas (Balance). Without a doubt built by humans but currently occupied by ogres, ratmen and lizard men. A narrow path leads north from the town into the mountains. (at this moment the path comes to a halt at a tunnel entrance, but should lead to a secluded mountain pass that ends with a dungeon entrance) South from the city a bridge takes the road into a thick forest where imps, mongbats, corpsers and reapers are plenty. Once over the bridge, going south through a small mountain pass leads to the next shrine.

Honesty: Located in the south-south-west area of the map. Honesty is another monster infested shrine, where mongbats, imps and gazers await the non-suspecting adventurer. Prepare to run north into the thick forest or west across a grassy mountain path to dodge the monsters. Going west leads you to a strange cave that has a strong magic aura.Eventually, the path leads into the swamps, where alligators, large toads and lizardmen dwell. Be aware of the walking swamp tentacles there. All the way west lies a lizard men camp with an entrance to a passage that leads to an Ancient Wyrm's lair. Going south from the camp through a small pass leads to an area where imps, air elementals, efreets and fire elementals live. In that area another entrance to a swamp area secluded in the mountains can be found. In that swamp area I found two impressive beasts (other than the poison elementals that made life miserable), a nightmare and a horse named 'a ki-rin'. A magnificent beast that can only be controlled by males. Since the poison elementals got me first, there's little more I can tell about this special type of horse. Going north from the lizard camp leads to a large swamp and grassland area, called Nox Tereg, with the thick forest to the east. Located on the grassland is an undead shack, where all kind of lesser undead roam. Tucked away in the thick forest lies a large deserted building. Stairs on the ground floor lead down into a large dungeon, that has multiple exits. One exit leads back to the building, another exit leads to another building a bit more north in the thick forest, a third exit leads to the area with the poison elementals, nightmare and ki-rin horse and the fourth exit leads to the secluded mountain pass that eventually leads to the town Mistas. In that last pass I stumbled upon more pixies that also can be found near the Spirituality shrine. The dungeon itself is very large and is home for about all types of ratmen, undead, evil wizards and daemons.

Humility: At the north-west end of the large grass area one can find the shrine of Humility. This is also a reasonable safe entry point to Ilshenar, but rather far away from any form of civilization. Due north of it the undead haunt and to the east and north-east the thick forest extends. Be careful when travelling in that area. gazers, imps, trolls, fire elementals and efreet have been spotted amongst the thick foliage. Walking far north-east one can find the next shrine, which lies close to the 'hole' of the 'doughnut'.

Honor: Another hunting ground for monsters, that is to say... for monsters to hunt you! The thick undergrowth, verns and other jungle plants make it hard for you to see where to walk and the Giant Serpents and Wyverns seem to be able to move much faster than you. My advice: stay on the roads as much as possible. Going north-west of this shrine leads to a village of brigands, who *do* attack on sight. Luckily two healer's huts can be found east and far west of this village. Going north-west you can find Termir Mistas (Lake of Balance) and the entrance to Terort Skitas (Temple of Knowledge) which holds the entrance to a dungeon with all kinds of undead and other tough monsters. Going all the way north-east leads to an area next to Pormir Felwis (River of Lies) where wyverns, drakes, dragons and elder gazers roam. Don't go there unless you have to. Going straight north from the shrine of Honor leads to a place where you can wade across the river Pormir Harm (River of Harmony) to a regular forest (as opposed to the jungle before). It felt as if I was walking on water, but it can also have been the liches and lich lords chasing me there that made it look like that...

Valor: At the far north end of the forest one can find the Valor shrine, tucked away in a small mountain pass. Somewhere in the middle of the forest a healer lives in a hut. Forest ostards live in the forest, as do gazers, elder gazers, trolls and the occasional wyvern. Moving east you will eventually bump into some titans and cyclopean warriors that call the north part of the forest 'home'. Still moving east a narrow mountain path leads up into the mountains to the Pass of Karnaugh, the domain of the undead. A huge two-story stone building, about the size of two keeps, contains about everything a normal traveller would do anything to avoid. Liches, lich lords, dread spiders, poison elementals, rotting corpses, mummies, blood elementals, stone gargoyles, elder gazers and giant black widows will do their best to make your stay there as miserable as possible. Suppose you make it through the maze-like building, then you still need to work your way through the next mountain pass that leads down and is home to wyverns, drakes and a handful of harpies. Close to the exit of that pass lies the next shrine, so any sane traveller would have used a moongate to travel there.

Compassion: Close by, to the south and to the east, you can find some settlements of people living in tents and wagons. Some of the more important shopkeepers can be found there; a bank, a healer, stables, a smith and a mage shop. Crossing two bridges to the east (*not* stopping at the undead infested Ancient Citadel half-way) leads to a desert area where more outposts can be found with more healers, another bank, an inn, a jeweler, a provisioner, more stables and even more healers. Going north-east from the shrine leads past a mountain called "Alexandretta's Bowl" and mountains that hold the nest of an Ancient Wyrm to a narrow mountain pass into Montor (Mountain of Passion). Once without a doubt a very pretty town at Termir Flam (The Lake of Fire), currently infested with creatures such as daemons, stone harpies, succubii, lava lizards and other fierce creatures. At the far east side a mountain path leads to the aforementioned desert area. Going all the way south from the shrine one can find a mountain pass that leads across a bridge and ends north of the spider forest near the Twin Oaks Tavern, close to where we started this tour. I hope to find some transportation across the water soon, so that I can tell you what lies at Lenmir Anfinmotas (Beginning of Gentle Waters)

Chaos: Not far from the volcanic city of Montor, lies Ilshenar’s Chaos Shrine and Moongate. Travelers are advised to only take this moongate with an experienced group, as the Lord of the Abyss makes his home just north of the gate. The Shrine is just south and east of the gate itself. Also living in this area, are earth elementals, stone harpy and gargoyles, hellhounds, and of course, a balron. You may also want to watch out for creatures that have followed others back to the gate, and are waiting for some unaware adventurer to step into death.