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Blaise End
DK1 MAP00018
Statistics
Appears in Dungeon Keeper
Level Number 18
Preceded By Mirthshire
Followed By Mistle
Number of Other Keepers 0


Blaise End is the 18th level in Dungeon Keeper.

In Blaise End, the Keeper is tasked with destroying the large and heavily-defended fortress built by the Heroes of this land. Even approaching the place is dangerous; there are ambushes and traps secreted throughout the region, and troops will be pouring in from the surface.

"Grueling" may be the word that describes this realm best.


ContentEdit

Red Keeper (Human)
Creature Limit 60
Starting Gold 10,000
Starting Forces 10 Imps
May Attract
        Warlock-icon Bile-demon-icon Dragon-icon Troll-icon
Orc-icon Dark-mistress-icon Tentacle-icon Hound-icon     Vampire-icon  
May Create or Summon
Imp-icon       Skeleton-icon Ghost-icon Vampire-icon Horned-reaper-icon
Rooms
Treasure Room Icon Small Lair Icon Small Hatchery Icon Small Training Room Icon Small
Library Icon Small Bridge Icon Small Guard Post Icon Small Workshop Icon Small
Prison Icon Small Torture Room Icon Small Barracks Icon Small Temple Icon Small
Graveyard Icon Small ScavengerRoom Icon Small
Spells
Possession Icon Small CreateImp Icon Small SightofEvil Icon Small SpeedMonster Icon Small
  CallToArms Icon Small ConcealMonster Icon Small HoldAudience Icon Small
  Heal Icon Small Trap Lightning Small ProtectMonster Icon Small
       
Traps & Doors
Trap Alarm Small Trap Gas Small Trap Lightning Small Trap Lava Small
Trap Boulder Small Trap Word Small
Door Wooden Small Door Braced Small Door Iron Small Door Magic Small

Portal Speed: 800 Turns

Creature PoolEdit

Dragon-icon Dragon     20
Orc-icon Orc 20
Dark-mistress-icon Mistress 15
Tentacle-icon Tentacle 15
Hound-icon Hound 10
Bile-demon-icon Bile Demon 7
Troll-icon Troll 5
Warlock-icon Warlock 3
Vampire-icon Vampire 3

SpecialsEdit

  • Steal Hero - in a small gatehouse north-of-center, heavily ambushed
  • Steal Hero - west-of-center, through a hero-owned Hatchery, ambushed and guarded
  • Resurrect Creature - east exterior path around the fortress, trapped, guarded, and ambushed
  • Reveal Map - west exterior path around the fortress, trapped, guarded, and very heavily ambushed
  • Increase Level - in a secret dirt pocket in the middle of the heroes' fortress
  • Resurrect Creature - along path to White Dungeon Heart

Neutral ThingsEdit

  • Portal - east of Red Keeper, safe to excavate
  • Portal - center of map, surrounded by ambushes and cannot be claimed without Destroy Walls
  • Tentacle-icon Tentacle (Level 1) x2 - water, east-northeast of Red Heart
  • Skeleton-icon Skeleton x2 and Giant-icon Giant (all Level 2) - in unclaimed dirt along the center-west Gold Seam
  • Spider-icon Spider (Level 1) x2 - in unclaimed dirt along the center-east Gold Seam
  • Bile-demon-icon Bile Demon (Level 4) x3 - in a Prison, east end, main approach is heavily-ambushed
  • Stash of 13,750 gold - west end, guarded by Level 5 Priestesses
  • Trap Boulder Small Boulder Trap - in a 1-tile Workshop adjacent to hero-owned Hatchery, center-west
  • Trap Lightning Small Lightning Strike spell & Trap Gas Small Poison Gas Trap - mid-northeast, in a small room with hostile Level 8 Fairies
  • Trap Word Small Word of Power Trap, Trap Gas Small Poison Gas Trap, Trap Lightning Small Lightning Trap, and 20,500 gold - west exterior path around the fortress, guarded and ambushed
  • Dragon-icon Dragon (Level 7) and stash of 6500 gold - northwest end of fortress in a hidden cave
  • Treasure Room Icon Small Treasure Room with stash of 9500 gold - west end of fortress, deep inside, guarded by ambush
  • DestroyWalls Icon Small Destroy Walls - deep in the heroes' fortress, east side
  • Vampire-icon Vampire Level 5 - in a prison within the fortress, west side
  • Gem Seam - 5 slabs with twelve (!) open faces in the middle of the hero fortress


HeroesEdit

There is a large number of Heroes in residence and an absurd number of squads waiting to back them up in various circumstances. But what do you expect? This is Level 18 of 20.

WanderersEdit

Priestess-icon Priestess-icon     Two Level 5 Priestesses
Large cavern, west side.
Thief-icon Thief-icon Thief-icon Thief-icon Thief-icon Five Level 4 Thieves
Circular cave surrounding center Portal, ready to kill anything that digs towards that portal.
Wizard-icon Level 8 Wizard
Just beyond the center-west Hatchery, guarding a Steal Hero.
Fairy-icon Fairy-icon Two Level 8 Fairies
Mid-northeast, in a small room with a spell and a trap design.
Archer-icon   Wizard-icon Wizard-icon Wizard-icon Wizard-icon Wizard-icon Level 5 Archer and Five Level 2 Wizards
Guarding gold stashed along the west exterior path around the fortress.
Fairy-icon Fairy-icon Dragon-icon Two Level 4 Fairies and a Level 8 Dragon
Guarding a Resurrect Creature at the end of the east exterior path around the fortress.
Skeleton-icon Skeleton-icon Two Level 8 Skeletons
Treacherous Skeletons that will act docile until the Prison holding them is claimed or destroyed.
Archer-icon Archer-icon Two Level 6 Archers
Fortress interior, guarding a fellow sentenced to prison for being an unclaimed Vampire.
Thief-icon Thief-icon Thief-icon Three Level 6 Thieves, three Level 2 Archers, three Level 3 Archers, four Level 2 Priestesses, six Level 4 Barbarians, four Level 6 Monks, two Level 8 Samurai
These can be found patrolling various corridors within the heroes' fortress.
Archer-icon Archer-icon Archer-icon Archer-icon Archer-icon Archer-icon
Priestess-icon Priestess-icon Priestess-icon Priestess-icon
Barbarian-icon Barbarian-icon Barbarian-icon Barbarian-icon Barbarian-icon Barbarian-icon
Monk-icon Monk-icon Monk-icon Monk-icon
Samurai-icon Samurai-icon

GroupsEdit

A hidden counter is monitoring the Gold Seams on the map and counting how much gold is extracted. Note that a Gold tile contains 1024 gold. Selling items like Doors, Traps, and Room slabs, or hauling Gold Pots to the Treasure Room, does not count. The player is counseled that the Heroes are "asleep" at the moment. Mining is what wakes them up, or at least the first few groups.

  • Party "ONE" with Level 2 Tunneller
Tunneler-icon2 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon4 Thief-icon2 Thief-icon2 Thief-icon2 - carrying 1950 gold
When the Keeper has mined 15,000 gold, this group is released from a hidden Hero Gate, nearer-northeast.
  • Party "TWO" with Level 3 Tunneller
Tunneler-icon3 Barbarian-icon4 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 - 1950 gold
When the Keeper has mined 25,000 gold, this group is released from a hidden Hero Gate, northwest.
  • Party "ONE" with Level 4 Tunneller
Tunneler-icon4 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon4 Thief-icon2 Thief-icon2 Thief-icon2 - 2000 gold
This party enters through the northwest Hero Gate, as above, 5000 Turns later.
  • Party "TWO" with Level 5 Tunneller
Tunneler-icon5 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Barbarian-icon4 - 1950 gold
When the Keeper has mined 35,000 gold, this group enters through the northwest Hero Gate.
  • Party "THREE"
Tunneler-icon6 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 - 1750 gold
This party enters through the northwest Hero Gate, as above, 1500 Turns later.
  • Dwarf avengers - When the Keeper has mined 35,000 gold and, thence, when every Mountain Dwarf on the map has fallen, a message pops up and a timer starts. After 5000 Turns (<5 minutes), these troops angrily swarm in through the Hero Gates. They won't come, though, if the Keeper has already reached the front doorstep of the White Dungeon.
Party "TROOPA" - Tunneler-icon5 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 - 1300 gold
Party "TROOPB" - Tunneler-icon5 Thief-icon4 Thief-icon4 Thief-icon4 Thief-icon4 Archer-icon4 Archer-icon4 - 2100 gold
Party "TROOPC" - Tunneler-icon5 Wizard-icon4 Wizard-icon4 Wizard-icon4 Priestess-icon4 Priestess-icon4 Priestess-icon4 - 3300 gold
Party "TROOPD" - Tunneler-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 - 4050 gold
Party "TROOPE" - Tunneler-icon5 Giant-icon8 Giant-icon8 Giant-icon8 Giant-icon8 Giant-icon8 - 9050 gold
Party "TROOPF" - Tunneler-icon5 Fairy-icon8 Fairy-icon8 Fairy-icon8 Fairy-icon8 Fairy-icon8 Fairy-icon8 - 10,800 gold
  • Gatehouse battle - When the Keeper penetrates the small gatehouse north of the center Portal, a small army of Heroes tumbles into the center room (which holds a Steal Hero), as well as through Hero Gates behind the doors to the right and left.
Party "SIX" - Archer-icon5 Archer-icon5 Archer-icon5 Archer-icon5 - 5000 gold
Party "SEVEN" - Barbarian-icon7 Barbarian-icon7 Barbarian-icon7 - 6000 gold
Unpartied Heroes - Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon4 Archer-icon4 Archer-icon4 Archer-icon4 - holding 500 gold each
  • Unpartied Heroes
Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 - 500 gold each
These Archers ambush the first creature to enter the White-owned Hatchery on the west side of the map.
  • Unpartied Heroes
Thief-icon8 Thief-icon8 Thief-icon8 Thief-icon8 Thief-icon8 Thief-icon8 - 500 gold each
These Thieves leap into action when the player enters a White-owned chamber on the east side of the map, just off the Bile Demons' prison. Do not underestimate the attack rating of high-level Thieves, or their personal Invisibility spells! The first time you see them might be when they are pounding away at your Dungeon Heart.


MAP00018 WhiteDungeon

View of the hero fortress


  • Lord of the Land - When the Keeper first approaches the White Dungeon, the Lord of the Land and his entourage enter at the White Dungeon Heart and just hold that area until it is breached.
Party "FINALONE" - Giant-icon7 Giant-icon7 Fairy-icon7 Fairy-icon7 Barbarian-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 - 8000 gold
Party "FINAL" - Knight-icon7 Fairy-icon9 Fairy-icon9 Fairy-icon9 Fairy-icon9 Fairy-icon6 Fairy-icon6 - 8400 gold
  • Unpartied Heroes
Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 - 500 gold each
These defenders crash in at places all around the Lava, as the Keeper first approaches the White Dungeon.
  • Party "SEVEN"
Barbarian-icon7 Barbarian-icon7 Barbarian-icon7 - 6000 gold
A Braced Door tucked into the White Dungeon's outer wall, along the west exterior path to the Reveal Map special, holds behind it a few trap designs. 200 Turns after the Keeper sights this door, a copy of this party lands at its location and attacks.
  • Unpartied Heroes
Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 - 500 gold each
Beyond another Braced Door, a pack of dangerous Wizards ambushes the player on the approach to the Reveal Map special.
  • Unpartied Heroes
Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon4 Archer-icon4 Archer-icon4 Archer-icon4 - holding 500 gold each
Along the opposite east exterior path around the fortress, past a series of Boulder Traps, these Archers wait in ambush.
  • Party "TWO" (bugged)
Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Barbarian-icon4 - 1700 gold
An instance of this basic party is supposed to respawn every 2500 Turns at the front door of the White Dungeon, from the moment the Keeper first approaches the White Dungeon until the White Heart is destroyed, disrupting the player's exploitation of the huge Gem cluster near there. Pointlessly, the script's caller is a nonexistent Green Keeper (PLAYER2). The spawn does not appear to work at all.
  • Enemy Reinforcements - 10,000 Turns after the Lord of the Land appears, a message about reinforcements pops up, and these troops launch an attack through the old Hero Gates as well as from the fortress's main entrance.
Party "ONE" - Tunneler-icon2 Archer-icon6 Archer-icon4 Thief-icon2 Thief-icon2 Thief-icon2 - 1950 gold
Party "TWO" - Tunneler-icon2 Barbarian-icon4 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 Archer-icon3 - 1950 gold
Party "THREE" - Mountain-dwarf-icon4 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 Mountain-dwarf-icon4 - 1500 gold
Party "FOUR" - Priestess-icon5 Priestess-icon5 Priestess-icon5 Thief-icon5 - 2750 gold
Party "FIVE" - Tunneler-icon2 Fairy-icon7 Fairy-icon5 Fairy-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 Barbarian-icon5 - 6250 gold
  • Unpartied Heroes
Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 Wizard-icon8 - 500 gold each
A final ambush on the path to the White Dungeon Heart, centered around a Resurrect Creature

Red KeeperEdit

The portal in Blaise End is like a slow drip that never stops. To reach the Creature Limit, it will generate creatures for 45 minutes straight. Regulate which creatures get in with a careful expansion schedule and restricted Lair space. There is surely not enough gold in the lower half of the map to pay 60 creatures' wages, or training for even a small fraction of that. The swarm of Dragons in the Creature Pool, in particular, seem like a financial death trap here.

One can also approach the Hero Parties with a managerial attitude. Monitor the Imps' activity throughout the region, both in mining and in claiming territory, to get only enough enemy activity that you can handle at a time. To pull imps completely out of action for a while, drop them into the walled-off dirt in the dead center of the map, with that Portal, to idle and heal. Bullfrog Productions rewards a certain amount of bravery on this map. The Heroes here have tens upon tens of thousands of gold, which can be yours if you let them attack, rather than wall-off and try to live off your Workshop.

MAP00018 Defense

Gets 'em every time.

The supplement to building up a substantial fighting force is, indeed, building up a substantial work force. Some of the champion teams triggered in Blaise End can take you by surprise and be head-and-shoulders above your own minions in combat ability. But perhaps they are not so mighty against a long corridor, a Magic Door, and a Boulder.


MessagesEdit

Briefing Text
"The guardians of this realm are asleep at the moment. Attack them as soon as you can or they'll be breakfasted, wide awake and inherently more difficult to slaughter."
Player mines 12,000 gold
"If you should encounter hero patrols, ensure that none of their number escape. Otherwise your presence will be revealed and then you will be in trouble."
Player has mined 35,000 gold, and White runs out of Mountain Dwarves
"You're taking forever over this. Attack and destroy the heroes' stronghold soon, preferably before hell freezes over."
10,000 Turns after the player has reached White Dungeon's front door
"Enemy reinforcements have arrived. So what? Let's hear it for more killing."

Sound BytesEdit

"Blaise End. A place of joy... and love. Nothing, the legends say, has ever spoiled the calm of Blaise End. So when something does, it will be long overdue, and the inhabitants will thoroughly deserve it."
— The Mentor, Intro


"Darksword. A great battle was won here. It was a bit one-sided, granted, but our minions performed valiantly, and now the day is ours. We've dealt with the survivors, by the way. Properly."
— Cannon Outro


TriviaEdit

  • The message chiding the player, "You're taking forever over this..." is probably not timed correctly. It triggers after killing every Dwarf on the map. It should trigger 5 minutes later, and only if, by that time, the player has not reached Action Point 1, the front door of the main White Dungeon. The idea being that the player didn't take some initiative after the invasion to claim territory and push onwards.
  • The success of Blaise End's design, arguably the most challenging map and Dungeon Keeper at its finest, seems to have greatly influenced development of The Deeper Dungeons.
  • This realm's outtro speech file makes more sense if renamed to BAD04.WAV to correspond with Flowerhat. Mistle's file, BAD19.WAV, makes more sense renamed to correspond with this one. These files are in the game subdirectory \SOUND\ATLAS\.

GalleryEdit


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