Getting there
To begin the mini-dungeon, go to Wyrmblood Waypoint (Wyrmblood Lake) and travel west across a bridge to inspect the Sealed Dwarven Door, which directs you to Travelen's Steading to the northeast. There, speak to Gerrvid who tells you to read the 3 books in front of him (Working with Deldrimor Steel, Dwarven Defensive Strategies, and Lost Treasures of the Dwarven World). After you do, speak with Gerrvid again to tell him you solved the riddle. This triggers the event Escort Gerrvid to the dwarven ruins to lead Gerrvid back to the door, which he will then open so you can enter the Forsaken Halls. This mini-dungeon consists of 3 sections.
- Entering the tombs
The first room teaches you the basic mechanic used throughout the entire dungeon: light management. The room is pitch black with a number of spike traps and invulnerable enemies. The torch skills light the room and keep foes away from you, so learn how to keep them going. Use the third skill (Bonfire) to light the area near you and the second (Throw Torch) to light an area ahead of you. Avoid the raised sections of the floor (the traps) and dodge cave-ins (big red circles), since the first can do considerable damage and the second will put out your torch.
As you escort Gerrvid across the room, you’ll come to another locked door. To make it through, you must scavenge for door pieces located in lootable piles of “Rubble”. Turn in the needed pieces to advance to the next room.
The next section is a jumping puzzle in the darkness. There are two main routes: follow Gervvid or go around. The first method should be easy enough for experienced puzzle jumpers, but the second is a lot easier. If you fall, you will die, but be transported back to the beginning, even if you are in combat. Here, as in the first area, use the torches to light your way and scare foes away. Throw Torch is good at lighting up your target location for the end of your jump.
Gerrvid makes three quick jumps that are relatively simple, but his fourth can be tricky; be cautious of the shadow from the swinging object above which can mislead you as to the length of the jump. Alternatively, instead of following the NPC, continue along the crossbeam from which he starts his first jump. At the end is a shorter jump (with more room to run over). From there, jump to the bottom of a wide set of stairs and make your way to the top of the first flight. There will be a number of bats and they are easier to defeat using your regular skills; there is also a place to grab some more torches around the corner.
From the top of the first flight, there is a ruined wall with a pole. Stand just below the pole (on the wall) and jump to the ledge below to join up with Gervvid again.
Once you manage to make it across the room, Gerrvid will ask you to help once again in opening the doors by pulling levers throughout the room. The easiest way to find them is to look for the bats:
- When coming in to the second room keep walking and where Gerrvid makes his first jump(to the left) You go straight. Then walk further and go to second right. The distance between the jump and the cliff is a big gap and swiftness might help (but is not strictly necessary). The levers are at the left side of the platform (hidden from view).
- Near Gerrvid's third jump.
- Top of the stairs in the alternate route.
- Just to the left of Gerrvid's new position; you must jump down to it. (or instead of climbing the stairs walk along the lower area)
- Boss room
Once the levers are triggered, speak to Gerrvid to open the sealed doors and take a few steps in to an overlook. Pull the chain on the wall to right to drop a set of braziers, which will illuminate the room and scare away the Skelk and Grubs. However, it also causes the boss to spawn and knock out Gerrvid. Fight the boss using your normal skills. The boss can teleport you or self-teleport and extinguish a brazier, which causes the invulnerable skelk to reappear. If that happens, immediately grab a torch from another brazier and light any dark ones. Avoid traps and you should have no trouble defeating the boss.
Alternatively, you can pull the boss over to the original entrance of Forsaken Fortune and fight around the two original braziers, which cannot be extinguished. This will keep all the invulnerable skelk and grubs out of the fight, making it a little bit easier.
However if you die at this point, you don't auto res at the entrance to the room like you do the others. You have to res at a waypoint outside the mini dungeon and have to start all over again.
The boss' death triggers the spawning of the Dwarven Treasure and provides an achievement.
Forsaken Fortune is one of the two areas typically missed when working to get the Shiverpeaks Explorer achievement. You get stuck at 173 of 175 and the two missing are both areas which don't have any POI, Heart, Skill Pt, or Vista to draw you to them, and aren't places you would normally enter without a specific purpose to go there... The two areas are Forsaken Fortune and Griffonhook Run.