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The Blighted Manse is a location in Dragon's Dogma.

Description

Once a popular location for nobility[1], this castle has fallen into disuse. It remains closely guarded, however - the front entrance to the Manse is guarded by Ser Whitby, Ser Ethen, and Ser Josiah, whilst the rear entrance is locked from outside.

The Manse consists of two main areas, the castle itself, and the underground sewers leading to the rear entrance. A locked door between the two areas requires the Manse Key.

One cannot enter the Manse front entrance without a Set of Royal Guard Armor - usually obtained as part of the quest Duchess In Distress. The rear entrance is closed until after the same quest.

History

QUOTE DD2
"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."
Ser Whitby[2]

Inhabitants

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Two mystic knight skilled guards, one dead, the other fleeing, during the quest Duchess In Distress

During Duchess In Distress, the Manse itself is patrolled by Soldiers, whilst the sewers are home to Bandits.

The patrolling guards are Ser Ross, Ser Tyrone, Ser Dorgann, Ser Kain, and Ser Curtis. Each wears Gran Soren armor and shield and carries a broadsword. If the alarm is raised, further soldiers trained in Mystic Knight skills will arrive - the soldiers are equipped with Knight's Honor and Steel Beak or a form of Ironclad Staff.

After Duchess In Distress, the Manse becomes infested with Specters and Goblins, and Bandits still lurk in the sewers; prior to it the Manse is empty.

Loot

A lot of Kindlings, substantial Gold in one of the guardrooms also containing an Airtight Flask, plus other minor items and potions around the walls and in crates can be found in the Manse.

A Gather spot in the Receiving Room (Aelinore's bedroom) almost always gives Silk Lingerie and a book pile gather spot in the same room may give a Hydra Tactics scroll.

Wood bundles here may contain Jewel of Darkness and Jewel of Time as well as Large or Giant Coin Pouches, but only at night. By day it's only Kindling.

In the sewers is plenty of Gold, and fabrics like Argence and Silk are fairly common. The mushroom Droughtshroom is unique here. Ore deposits are nearly absent, with only two mining spots throughout.

Map Chest Loot
Manse

Sewers

1 Sight Earring, Free-Spoken Earring, Snakeskin Purse, War Bugle, Giant Coin Pouch
2 Salubrious Brew, Giant Coin Pouch, Wool Cloth, Silk
3 Balmy Incense, Evil Eye Strategy Vol. 1, Interventive
4 Placative Brew, Snakeskin Purse
5 Silk, Wool Cloth, Jade Bangles, Argence, Rooted Gloom
6 Raptor Cuisses
7 Balmy Incense, Mage's Talisman, Staminal Drench, Liquid Vim
8 Red Over-Knee Boots
9 Panacea, Silk, Giant Coin Pouch
10 Summery Cowl, Summery Pareo
11 Maiden's Petticoat
12 Brown Laced Leggings, Interventive, Alchemickal Hosen, Argence
13 Plucked Heart
14 Bardiche Daggers, Bastard Sword, Cast Stone
15 Liberating Brew, Balmy Incense, Snakeskin Purse
16 Assailant's Bracers, Striker's Greaves
17 Balmy Incense, Harspud Sauce
18 Balmy Incense, Silk
19 War Bugle, Secret Softener, Wool Cloth, Giant Coin Pouch
20 Noblewoman's Corset, Lady's Corset
21 Silk, Light-Cure, Giant Coin Pouch, Jewel of Petrifaction
22 Recluse's Robe
23 Balmy Incense
24 Harspud Sauce, Argence, Isometricine


Other chests may have a Golden Egg, Silk Lingerie and Snakeskin Purses.

Achievements/Trophies

Notes

  • The Manse keep is accessible at any time via the front door, if one has a Set of Royal Guard Armor equipped.
    • To access the sewers, a copy of the Manse Key is required; however the key will not unlock the door until Duchess in Distress (presumably for in-quest continuity issues).
  • After Duchess In Distress, the back entrance becomes unlocked, whether or not the quest was failed.
  • To obtain the third pawn knowledge star during the quest Duchess In Distress, the reverse path needs to be taken, back towards the Manse.
    • Location knowledge is obtained at each of the three bridges in the sewers area of the manse; the two weak bridges and a third small bridge that pawns may comment is "too narrow".
  • Once the alarm is raised during the quest Duchess In Distress, Mystic Knight-trained guards will appear - together with Skeleton Lords they are the only example of such skill using non-Arisen characters encountered in Gransys.
  • As with The Catacombs and Dripstone Cave, the correlation between underground and overground geography is very vague - whilst the Manse's rear exit is almost due south within and underground, overground it is to the northwest. Furthermore, though the Manse's main gate is entered from the west, once inside one must travel back west to go further into the Manse.

References

  1. "Time was, the duke would hold the most fantastic balls at the manse... But that was back when His Grace was...of a healthier temperament." - Maurin
    "There was even a time, you know, I spent my nights at the manse, stealing kisses from a nobleman's daughter. There's a secret corridor to the place, you see. Just the thing for late-night mischief." - Maurin
  2. The Blighted Manse, Capcom via Youtube

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