The Snake Cult Stronghold is a secret location in Pendor. After the Grandmaster quest for a knighthood order is completed, it becomes the Order Stronghold.
UnlockingThe stronghold does not spawn until the quest The Order Grandmaster is started by the player. Once you find a brave traveler willing enough to disclose the location during the quest, the stronghold will spawn. There are five possible spawn locations; the stronghold will appear in the closest one to where you received the quest. The quest will tell you the general location. The posible locations are:
- South of Highcliffe Castle
- North of Ansen Lodge
- Northeast of Reveran
- North of Ruldi
- Between Erminade and Talon Castle
Before you capture the Stronghold for your Order, the garrison contains 1000 Snake Cultists and 10 Knight of the Radiant Cross prisoners:
- 50 Serpent Priestesses
- 50 Anaconda Knights
- 100 Cobra Warriors
- 300 Snake Cult Armsmen
- 500 Snake Cult Followers
Beware when assaulting the fortress, for retreating will count as a defeat, causing you to lose your entire party. After you capture the keep, the Garrison changes to 330 friendly troops and 20 Snake Cult Follower prisoners:
- 50 Order Knights
- 80 Order Sergeants
- 100 Mercenary Armored Crossbowman
- 100 Mercenary Swordsman
When you capture the stronghold from the Snake Cult, you are informed from the order representative that masons will fortify the stronghold more to the order's liking. After a two in game months, the masons will complete their work, and the stronghold will be refurbished into a castle; no longer resembling a wooden fort. The wooden palisade walls will be converted to stonework, as well as all the entrances and towers. The keep will receive the most fortification, as the walls surrounding it are all heavily fortified and is surmounted by towers. This is just an aesthetic change.
If you do manage to capture the fortress, the order will take the stronghold as their own. Inside will be Constable Valorian, Alexios of Meltine, and Quartermaster Kailin.
Valorian will grant you the ability to create and send order patrols to patrol around a desired fief. He will also allow you to change the name of the fortress.
Only three of these patrols can be on the field at a time. Patrols will not fight against big kingdoms, but will chase down Hateful factions, protecting villagers and caravans.
Alexios of Meltine
Alexios will take a piece of equipment and upgrade its quality. He will do this for free, however, time is the limiting factor. Player can only have him working on a single piece and until he is done, he will not take a next one. Alexios adds only allowed modifier to the item (e.g. max for "leather" armors is hardened, not lordly). He will take almost any item (only Rune Weapons and Unique Items are excluded); days to reach each stage are as follows:
|From -ve Modifier||1st Modifier||2nd Modifier|
|Shield||Plain - 10||Thick - 15||Reinforced - 20|
|Arrows/Bolts||Plain - 10||Large Bag - 20|
|Crossbow||Plain - 20||Fine - 30||Masterwork - 50|
|Bow||Plain - 20||Strong - 30||Masterwork - 50|
|Thrown weapon||Plain - 20||Balanced/Heavy - 15||Large Bag - 20|
|Polearm - long axes||Plain - 20||Heavy - 30||Masterwork - 50|
|Polearm - lances||Plain - 20||Fine - 30||Balanced - 50|
|1h and 2h axes & maces||Plain - 20||Balanced/Heavy - 30||Masterwork - 50|
|1h and 2h medium & strong swords||Plain - 20||Balanced/Tempered - 30||Masterwork - 50|
|1h and 2h weak swords||Plain - 20||Balanced - 30||Tempered - 20|
|1h and 2h "lesser"**||Plain - 5||Fine - 5||Heavy - 5|
Superb - 20
|Reinforced - 30||Lordly - 50|
Superb - 20
|Thick - 30||Hardened - 50|
*: armors will take 30 extra days to upgrade no matter which armor is nor the stage you are going to.
Player can ask once (per upgrade session) to accelerate upgrade process (-33% time, cost per day = 50% item price reduced by party trading skill, then divided by total upgrade days needed).
To see how these modifiers alter the item stats, check the modifier table of the type of item (at the bottom of the 'type of item' page)
The only items that can't be upgraded are: