|The Blighted Manse|
Once a popular location for nobility, this castle has fallen into disuse. It remains closely guarded, however.
- "My days and nights are spent watching over the Blighted Manse. Built by the previous duke to entertain his court of visiting dignitaries, the Manse was his most prized fortress. As a guard, this job is a quiet one. We are surrounded by woodland and harsh mountains to protect from danger, and since it stays unseasonably cool during the summers, we used to play host to the vacations of the Royal Family. However, now, due to the dark times, The Manse is a shadow of its former self. I'm not sure why it requires such security without visitors, perhaps some family secrets remain inside."
It has a back entrance, but it's sealed off until the quest is complete. You can enter The Blighted Manse during the quest Duchess In Distress via the front entrance whilst disguised as royal guard.
- On completion of Duchess In Distress, the Blighted Manse remains accessible via the back entrance where you exited during the quest (reached by sliding down the cliff near the Healing Spring). The sewers remain infested with bandits, but the Manse-proper is now home to phantoms and goblins. You can find plenty of gold, Balmy Incense, Argence and other useful materials here.
Simply enter into The Blighted Manse to unlock the below achievement.