The Hut of Baba Yaga

Help File
 

By Brett Bixler

WARNING! This help file contains major spoilers. Read it at your own risk!


Contents

  1. General Tips
  2. The Outdoors
  3. The Town of Holly Wood
  4. Barb's Place
  5. The Dancing Hut
  6. Spoilers, Tips, & Riddle Answers


1. General Tips

The Hut of Baba Yaga is listed as a Low Level (1-8) adventure, and is designed for beginning or new parties. To make this scenario difficult, start with a new party. To make things easier, use a party that has run through one or two adventures and has some experience.

This adventure is fairly open-ended. It is roughly divided into two parts; and outdoor part where you gather information and some experience, and an indoor part, where you travel throughout the Dancing Hut. There is no sequence of quests or missions you must go on. There are many subtle goals to reach in this scenario that are quite optional. Most of them will build your party's strength in some manner, so they are worth seeking out. For those of you who need definite goals, see tip A1 below. Read on to see some critical information.

Time - Although there are no 'finish by this day or die' restrictions on this scenario, time is carefully monitored, and things will change around you as time progresses. Generally, this means that resources available to you will disappear over time. Stock up early on anything you feel is important! Also, you will receive a final score that is dependent on time, so the quicker you are, the better your score!

Mapping - The Hut is difficult to map. I suggest you sketch each room on paper, especially noting what doors lead to where. Eventually, you will be given hints as to the true structure of the hut, and will sooner or later be given access to a map that should help you immensely. If you are the type of adventurer that hates mapping puzzles, see tip M1 below.

Spells and Alchemy - Mid-level (4th and 5th) Mage and Clerical spells can be found throughout this adventure. The ideal party will start with no 4th or 5th level spells. In my opinion, a party initially loaded with 4th and 5th-level spells will have far too easy a time in this scenario's battles. Of course, you are welcome to disagree with me. Use the provided BoE character editor to give your characters these spells, if you so desire. Lower-level alchemical spells are also available in this adventure.

Miscellaneous. - You will find yourself outclassed in larger battles. Don't forget, you are beginners going up against some very powerful characters! While these battles can be won, you may have to use new and unique tactics. Those of you who immediately leap into the front of a fray may be the most annoyed. Sometimes the best thing to do is wait (using Sanctuary spells) for the major baddies to become weak, then attack them.

This scenario contains puzzles that require some thought. I've tried to balance this adventure between hack-'n-slash, puzzles, and a decent story to tie it all together. I'll let you decide how well I've succeeded. 


2. The Outdoors

Outdoors specials are very important in this scenario, as you must complete all of them before you can gain access to the Dancing Hut. All are battle-oriented. See the Miscellaneous note above for more information. 


3. The Town of Holly Wood

This is your starting point and place of safety. Stock up early on everything you need, there's a monster eating people, you know! See the mayor ASAP; he'll give you important information and an Amulet of Returning. He can also give you a place to store items and sleep. Need training? Look for Otto along the walls; he moves from place to place.


4. Barb's Place

A good place to acquire some armor, weapons, and magic. Somewhat NE of Holly Wood.


5. The Dancing Hut

The hut is somewhat hidden. Search near 24,37 to find a hidden passage. To gain entrance to the hut, you must have previously played through all the outdoor encounters. Items of interest for each room in the hut are listed below:


Spoilers, Tips, & Riddle Answers

A1. The major mission is to remove the curse on Baba Yaga. To do this, you have to locate six pieces of a skeleton and take them to the Fountain of Life (Room 35). The pieces can be found at the following locations:

In many cases, you must answer a riddle to gain the piece. See the Riddles section for answers to these riddles. After acquiring a piece, you will face the minions of Natasha. Each battle becomes progressively harder; the sixth piece is very difficult to acquire and keep!

5.4a. You can acquire a nifty statue that will summon Rakshasa to your aid by finding two Tiger's Eye rubies and placing them in the existing statue's missing eye sockets:

5.5a. You can make either a magic cape or a magic hat, if you have magic thread, and knowledge of the loom. Knowledge of the loom is found in the library (Room 29) at 19,29. Magic thread is made in the Alchemical Lab (Room 30). You must have chemical A from Alchemical Storage (Room 26) at 11,5, and chemical B from the Alchemical Lab (Room 30) at 15,26. Mix the two chemicals together at the east pedestal.

5.8a. You must concoct a potion for Tiny. You need knowledge of the potion, found in the Library (Room 29), and two ingredients" an Ogre's Eye, found in the Crystal Grotto (Room 40), and Ox hair, found in the Stables (Room 24). Then you can create the potion in the Alchemical Lab (Room 30) on the west pedestal.

5.12a. To access the central area of the vaults, 'spell' the name BABA by passing back and forth through the portals appropriately labelled.

5.12b. To open a particular portal, you must answer the correct riddle. The riddles are located in Baba Yaga's Chambers (Room 14).

5.13a. You can reach the secret by going to 10,21, then following the trail R, R, U, R, R, D, D, R, R, U, U, U, U, L, U. This information is located on a shelf in Natasha's Lab (Room 33).

5.15a. You'll need to use a 'Move Mountains' or a 'Shatter' spell to blast open the walls to get to the inner chambers.

5.15b. You need the correct combination. 01-98-76 It is located in the Bestiary (Room 8).

5.17a. You need to read the hint in the library about the significance of the number seven. Each crystal you look at will give you a number. The machine will work if you look at the crystals so you get the number seven, or a multiple of seven. Then look at the south magic barrier. In addition to spells, other items are available through this device.

5.17b. You need to talk to Elena about the tree before it will work well for everyone.

5.17c. You need a Sorrel branch to activate this machine. It makes wands. One branch is located in the park in this area; others can be found in the Garden Maze (Room 39). The type of wand produced is random.

5.31a. Look for a hidden portal in the north wall. Answer the riddle correctly, and you will be transported into the jail area as a guest.

5.33a. You need a special item from Natasha's Chambers (Room 15). Using this item (a replica of a well) will allow passage into the inner chambers via secret doors. You have only several moves after you use the replica to move through the doors. One is located at 21,16. The other door is located at 20,10.

5.34a. Piper knows where magical items are stored around the hut. If you convince him (by bribe or threat) to tell you this, you can find items by searching the walls in rooms 1, 6, 18, 43, and 46.

5.36a. Flish's missing brother is a red herring. He can't be found in the hut, and nobody knows anything about him.

Riddle Answers

M1. Map of the Dancing Hut

Tesseract Rooms Diagram

 

Room 1 - Hut Entrance
       /\
      /  \
     |    |2
     |    |
      \  /
     19\/7
      Exit

Room 2 - Entry Hall
    -------------------------------
    |38           5               |
    |                             |
    |                             |
    |1                           6|
    |                             |
    |                             |
    |38           3               |
    -------------------------------

Room 3 - Audience Chamber
                --
             --   |
           --     |---------------
         --               2      |
       --                        |
       |                        6|
       --                        |
         --               4      |
          --     |---------------
            --   |
               --

Room 4 - Art Gallery
                ----
               |  3  |
------------------ ------------------
|                                 40|
|                                   |
|                                   |
|                                   |
|              46                   |
|                                   |
|                                   |
|                                   |
|                                   |
|                                   |
------------------- -----------------
                |  5  |
                 ----

Room 5 - Recreation and Dance
                -----
               |  6  |
               |     |
             --       --
           --           --
         --               --
     ----                   ----
     |4                         |
     |                         2|
     ----                   ----
         --               --
           --           --
             --       --
               |33   |
               |     |
                -----

Room 6 - Grand Throneroom
          --
     ----|5 |----------------------
    /                              \
   /                                \
  /                             12   \
  |2                                  |
  \                                  /
   \                                /
    \                              /
    ----|3 |-----------------------
         --

Room 7 - Attic
       /\
      /13\
   10|    |8
     |    |
      \1 /
       \/

Room 8 - Bestiary
  -----------------------
  |                  11|
  |7                   |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |9              48 12|
  -----------------------

Room 9 - Fungus Gardens
                -----
             36|  8  |25
               |-----|
             --       --
           --           --
         --               --
     ----                   ----
     |  |                   |   |
     |                          |
     ----                   ----
         --               --
           --           --
             --       --
               |-----|
               |  10 |36
                -----

Room 10 - Grand Museum
                    ----
                   |  11  |
    ------------------ ------------------
    |                                 42|
    |                                   |
    |                                   |
    |                                   |
|---|                                   ---|
|12                                       7|
|---|                                   ---|
    |                                   |
    |                                   |
    |43                                 |
    |                                   |
    ------------------- -----------------
                    |  9  |
                     ----

Room 11 - The Lakeland
                 ---
               -- 8 --
             --       --
           --           --
         --               --
       --                   --
      |       30              |
      |                       |
       --                   --
         --               --
           --           --
             --       --
               -- 10--
                 ---

Room 12 - The Vaults
|-------------------------|
|     \  |        | /     |
 \    /\/         \/\    /
  \ /                \  /
---|                  |---
|  |                  |  |
|8 |         6        |10|
| 6|                  |  |
---|                  |---
  / \                /  \
 /   \ /\         /\/    \
|     / |         | \     |
|-------------------------|

Room 13 - Abyss Hall
                 ----
                 |17|
         --------    --------
         |                  |
         | ---------------- |
         | |              | |
   ------- |              | -------
   |       |              |       |
|--- -------              ------- |
| 7| |                          | ---|
|16  |                          |  14|
|19| |                          | ---|
|--- |                          | |
   |  ------              ------  |
   ------- |              |  ------
         | |              | |
         | |------------- | |
         |                  |
         --------    --------
                 |15|
                 ----

Room 14 - Baba Yaga's Chambers
|-------------------------|
|     \  |   17   | /     |
 \    /\/         \/\    /
  \ /                \  /
---|                  |---
|  |                  |  |
|13|                  |18|
|  |                  |  |
---|                40|---
  / \                /  \
 /   \ /\         /\/    \
| 46  / |    15   | \     |
|-------------------------|

Room 15 - Natasha's Chambers
        -----------
  -----/           \-----
 |33  |             |13  |
  -----             -----
    /                 \
   |      ------      |
   |      |    |    14|
   |      |    |      |
   \      |    |     /
  -----   |    |    -----
 |27  |   |    |    |18  |
  -----\  |    |   /-----
        -----------

Room 16 - Guestrooms
         ---------
        | 13      |
  ------|         |------
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |           44        |
  |                     |
  |       38            |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  ------|         |------
        |      18 |
         ---------

Room 17 - Elena's Chambers
                -----
               |  18 |
               |   35|
             --       --
           --           --
         --               --
     ----                   ----
     |                          |
     |                        14|
     ----                   ----
         --               --
           --           --
             --       --
               |     |
               | 13  |
                -----

Room 18 - Bath
            -------
           |24  16 |
    ------------  -----------
    |                     42|
    |                       |
    |                       |
    |                       |
|---|                       ---|
|17                          15|
|---|                       ---|
    |                       |
    |                       |
    |43                     |
    |                       |
    -------------  ----------
              | 14  |
               -----

Room 19 - Cellar
      ------
     |13  23|
-----        -----------
|22                    |
|                      |
|                      ----
|                          |
|                          |
|                        20|
|                      ----
-----                  |
    |                  |
 ----                  |
 |1                  21|
 -----------------------

Room 20 - Wine Cellars
    -------           -------
    |     |-----------|  23 |
    |19                     |
    |                       |
    |      42               |
    --|                   |--
      |                   |
      |                   |
    |-             43     --|
    |                       |
    |                     24|
    | 21  |-----------|     |
    -------           -------

Room 21 - The Warded Caverns
  ----------------------
  |        19          |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |22                  |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                  20|
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |  24           31   |
  ----------------------

Room 22 - Smithy
  ----------------------
  |23   48             |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |24                  |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                  19|
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |  37           21   |
  ----------------------

Room 23 - Armor Museum
              ----
              |24|
           ----  -----
     -----/           \-----
    |    |             |    |
     -----             -----
       / 25              \
    --|                  |--
   |22                    20|
    --|                  |--
      \                 /
     -----             -----
    |    |             |    |
     -----\           /-----
           ----  -----
              |19|
              ----

Room 24 - Stables
         ----
        |23  |
    ----      ----
   |              |
    ----      ----
       |      |
    ----      ----
   |              |
    ----      ----
       |      |
      /       \
    -/       18\-
   |20         22|
    -          -
     \        /
      \      /
        |    |
    ----      ----
   |              |
    ----      ----
       |      |
    ----      ----
   |              |
    ----      ----
        | 21 |
         ----

Room 25 - Divination Chamber
                -----
               |29   |
               |   9 |
             -----------
           --           --
         --               --
     ----|                 |----
     |   |                 |    |
     |28 |                 |  26|
     ----|                 |----
         --               --
           --           --
             -----------
               |23   |
               |  27 |
                -----

Room 26 - Alchemical Storage

    /\      /\
   /  \    /  \
   \   \--/   /
    \   29   /
 /\  \      /   /\
/  \  |     |  /  \
\   \-       -/   /
 \               /
  \             /
  |25         30|
  |             |
  /             \
 /               \
/   /-       -\   \
\  /  |     |  \  /
 \/  /       \  \/
    /   27    \
   /   /---\   \
   \  /     \  /
    \/       \/

Room 27 - Magic Item Storage
      ------
     |  25  |
-----        -----------
|                      |
|                      |
|                      ----
|                          |
|          15              |
|28                      26|
|                      ----
|                      |
|                      |
-------|               |
       |          30   |
       |---------------

Room 28 - Room of Conjuring
          --------
          |      |
  -------------------
  |                 |
  |                 |
  |                 |
  |                 |
  |                 |
  |                 |
  --------|  |-------
----------|  |-------
| 29                |
|                   |
|                   ----
|                      |
|30                  25|
|  45      27 ---------|
-------------|

Room 29 - Grand Library
                 ----
                 |30|
         --------    --------
         |                  |
         | ---          --- |
         | |-----|  |-----| |
   ------- |     |  |     | -------
   |       |     |  |     |       |
|--- -------  ---    ---  ------- |
|  | |-------|17       |--------| ---|
|28                                26|
|  | |-------|         |--------| ---|
|--- |       |         |        | |
   |  ------  ---|  |---  ------  |
   ------- |     |  |     |  ------
         | |-----|  |-----| |
         | |              | |
         |                  |
         --------    --------
                 |25|
                 ----

Room 30 - Alchemical Lab
        -----
       /     \
      /       \
    -/         \-
   |21         29|
   |26         28|
   |27         11|
    -          -
     \        /
      \      /
       \    /
        ----

Room 31 Prison

                  ---------
                 |         |
           ------|         |------
           |                     |
           |                     |
           |                     |
  /--------|                    |---|
 /      35 |                    | 21|
|34        |                    | 32|
 \      33 |                    |   |
  \--------|                    |---|
           |                     |
           |                     |
           |                     |
           ------|         |------
                 |         |
                  ---------

Room 32 - Food Storage Lockers
      ------    ------
     |      |  |      |
     |      |--|      |
 ----|      |35|      |
|45  |------    ----------
|31                       |
 -----------    ------- 36|
     |      |  |       |  |
     |      |33|       |41|
     |      |--|       |--
      ------    -------

Room 33 - Natasha's Laboratory
     ----------
    |    31    |
    |          |
    |34      32|
    |          |
    |   36     |
     ----------
 /\       |  |  /\
/  \      |  | /  \
\   \-----   |/   /
 \               /
  \             /---
  |            |   5|
  |            |  15|
  /             \---
 /               \
/   /---------\   \
\  /           \  /
 \/             \/

Room 34 - Guardians and Servants
             -----
            /  35 \
           /       \
      /---/         \---\
     /         47        \
    |36                 31|
     \         39        /
      \---           ---/
          \        /
           \      /
            \  33/
             ----

Room 35 - Fountain of Life
                 ---
               --36 --
             --       --
           --           --
         --               --
       --                   --
      |17                     |
      |34                   32|
       --                   --
         --               --
           --           --
             --       --
               -- 31--
                 ---

Room 36 - Servant's Chambers
        --
       |9 |
   -----  -----------------
  |35     |       |        |
  |       |       |        |
  |       |       |        |
  |        ----------------|
  |                        |
   ----       23            --
       |                    34|
   ----                -------
  |32                 |
  |-----------------  -----
  |       |        |       |
  |       |        |       |
  |       |        |     33|
   ----------------|  -----
                   | 9|
                    --

Room 37 - Staging Area
                -----
               |  41 |
               |     |
             --       --
           --           --
         --               --
     ----                   ----
     |40          8             |
     |22                      38|
     ----                   ----
         --               --
           --           --
             --       --
               |     |
               |  39 |
                -----

Room 38 - Meeting Hall
       /----------    ---    --------\
      /           \  / 2 \  /   41    \
     /             \/     \/           \
    |                                   |
    |                                   |
    |                                   |
    |37               16              42|
    |                                   |
    |                                   |
    |                                   |
     \              /\     /\          /
      \     39     /  \ 2 /  \        /
       \-----------    ---    -------/

Room 39 - Garden Maze
   --------------------
  |  37                |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |40                38|
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |         34         |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |         42         |
   --------------------

Room 40 - Crystal Grotto
               ----------
              |14     41 |
              |          |
--------------           |
|                        |
|42                      |
|                         -----
|                            4 |
|                              |
--------------               37|
              \            39  |
               -          -----
 ----------------        /
|                -      /
|                 -----/
|                      |
|                      |
|                      |
 ----------------------

Room 41 - Kitchens
  -------------
  |            \
  |             \
  |              \
  |               |
  |               |
  |               |
  |             32|
  |             -------
  |            |    43 \
  |                     \
  |                      |
  |            |       38|
   \           |        /
    \          |       /
     -------------|    |
                40|  37|
                   ----

Room 42 - Formal Dining Hall
            41
         --------
        |        |40
        |10    20|
   --------------------
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |38                  |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |                    |
  |         39         |
   --------------------

Room 43 - Curio Room
                 ---
               --   --
             --       --
           --         10--
         --47             --
       --                   --
      |                       |
      |                       |
       --                   --
         --45             --
           --           --
             --20   44--
               --   --
                 ---

Room 44 - Hall of Gateways
         ---------
        |         |
  ------|         |------
  |47                   |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |43                   |
  |                   48|
  |16                   |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |                     |
  |45                   |
  ------|         |------
        |         |
         ---------

Room 45 - Holding Room
     ------   
   /       \  
  /         \
 |           |
 |           |
 |           |
 |           |
  \          /
   \        / |
    |        -
    |       |
     -----  |
         |  |
         |  |
  -------|  |
 |    43 |  |
 |       |--
 |  28   |
 |       |
 |     44|
 |32     |
  -------

Room 46 - Control Room
       /\
      /4 \
     |    |
     |    |
      \14/
       \/

Room 47 - Guest Rooms
   ---------------
  |               |
  |               |
  |               |
  |               |48
 -|-----------------
|34                  |
|                    |44
 -------------------
43|               |
  |               |
  |               |
  |               |
  |               |
   ---------------

Room 48 - Servant's Quarters
                -----
               |     |
               |  8  |
             --       --
           --           --
         --               --
     ----47                 ----
     |                          |
   44|                          |
     ----45                 ----
         --               --
           --           --
             --       --
               |     |
               |  22 |
                -----