Gauntlet of Shar
This location plays an important part in Shadowheart's personal quest. There are 4 Umbral Gems in Gauntlet of Shar, you need to collect in order to progress through the dungeon and the quests Daughter of Darkness and The Chosen of Shar.
Head North and you will find a statue. Approaching the statue will repel you. In order to be able to solve this puzzle you need to pull levers in nearby side rooms to lower the lanterns. Beware of lots of traps. You then interact with the lanterns to extinguish their light. Once the room is completely dark you'll see a pattern on the floor which is a maze to the statue. This will allow you to interact with the statue and advance in the dungeon.
In order to find the four gems you need to solve a number of problems / trials. You can do these trials in any order you want.
Yurgir is in the North East of the dungeon at (X:-652 Y:-776). You can fight him or help him get out of his contract with Raphael. If you chose the later you will start Break Yurgir's Contract and will need to find Lythindor (HINT - Kill rats).
In order to reach the Soft-step Trial head north from the waypoint. You are looking for a plaque outside a door that reads "Her Most Vaunted Treasure". This door leads to the Soft-step Trial.
Your goal in this trial is to pass through it without getting spotted by the patrolling Shadows. It is highly recommended that you use a single party member to get through the area rather than try with your whole party. A high level of stealth or use of invisibility is highly recommended. You will also need to be able to pick locks. Astarion is highly recommended for this trial.
Take the north door, and follow the wall straight forward. There will be a button on the wall to the right. Push it, and continue forward. Pick the lock on the gate, and then grab the Umbral Gem. When you pick up the gem all the torches will light up and a Umbral Transporter will appear in the location where you grabbed the gem. Clicking on the transporter will take you back to outside the maze.
Along the corridor to the north from the Soft-step Trial you are looking for a door with a plaque that says "Her Most Hallowed Mercy". This is where you'll find the Self-Same Trial.
In this trial you have to defeat copies of the four members of your party. The challenge is that your shadows will have the same abilities as your characters. You shadows can't be restrained or shoved. If you have one of your characters attack a shadow that isn't their shadow then they will be cursed.
When your shadows are defeated you can loot the Umbral Gem from one of the shadows.
Outside of the Self-Same Trial door, head north and down the stairs. At the bottom, you’ll find a door to the Faith-Leap Trial. There is a plaque on the outside of the door that reads "Her Most Sacred Path".
For this trial it is recommended to use a single character. This trial is about following a hidden path.
The hidden path is shown on the floor in front of the altar.
Use a single party member to navigate the path to the Umbral Gem.
The next door to the south is to the Silent Library. Inside this area are a lot of traps.
In the North East of the library on a bookshelf you need to loot a book called Teachings of Loss: The Nightsinger.
Head to the west side of the library and lockpick the door there (DC 21). Inside, you’ll find a pedestal called the Riddle of the Night that asks you to place an item. Place the Teachings of Loss: The Nightsinger book inside to open a secret door.
Go through the door and grab the Spear of Night.
Go to the pedestal north of the lantern puzzle and place one of the Umbral Gems on the altar. This will unlock a platform that will take you downwards.
At the bottom, you’ll find another altar. Place the remaining three Umbral Gems on the altar, and a door will open. Inside, you’ll find the Verge of the Shadows waypoint and a portal to the Shadowfell.
Enter the portal and jump downwards to the Nightsong.
This location contains the following Waypoints:
- Gauntlet of Shar ( X: -758 Y: -794 )
- Verge of the Shadows ( X: -722 Y: -842 )
- Lift the Shadow Curse
- Infiltrate Moonrise Towers (sub-quest Find Ketheric Thorm's Relic)
- Find the Nightsong
- Kill Raphael's Old Enemy
- Break Yurgir's Contract
- Daughter of Darkness (sub-quest The Chosen of Shar)
Notable items obtained in this location, whether looted, purchased, or obtained as a quest reward:
- Boots of Brilliance - North of Yurgir at (X: -632, Y: -723)
- Hellfire Hand Crossbow - Loot Yurgir
- Least Expected - Found NE of the dungeon just before Yurgir at (X: -730, Y: -800)
- Callous Glow Ring - Found in a vault (Lockpick DC30) near Balthazar at (X: -821, Y: -752)
- Justiciar's Scimitar - Looted from Lythindor
- Justiciar's Greatshield - Looted from Lythindor
- Killer's Sweetheart - North West of the dungeon at (X: -833, Y: -729)