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They breed quickly down there in the dark, but perhaps we can slay them even faster.

~ The Narrator on entering a Skirmish expedition in the Warrens

The Warrens is the third dungeon that can be explored. An incredibly ancient system of aqueducts and tunnels built for unknown purpose, it is now a corpse-choked cesspit that houses the ravenous, disease-ridden beast-men known as the Swinefolk, and all those deranged or monstrous enough to ally with them.

While the Ancestor was trying his hand at blood rituals, he used the ancient Warrens as a dumping grounds for his failures and underwhelming results. By the time the Heir arrives, the Warrens are now home to the descendants of those experiments called the swine, a warrior race of pig men whose only desire is to butcher and feed on any human they can get their claws on.

Warrens Music[ | ]

The combat music that plays within the Warrens are Battle in the Warrens and Return to the Warrens.

Warrens Strategy[ | ]

Because the Swinefolk are all hybrid Human/Beast monsters, the Bounty Hunter and Hound Master are helpful here, as well as trinkets that deal extra damage to Human and Beast foes.

Provisions[ | ]

  • Antivenom is essential for encounters with carrion eaters and spiders that are abundant here.
  • Medicinal herbs are extremely useful, as they can be used for three curios (Dinner Cart, Makeshift Table, and Moonshine Barrel). Unusual debuffs (such as those that halve received healing) can also be cleared with herbs.
  • Bandages are very useful due to prevalence of Bleed traps and attacks. They can also be used to loot the Rack of Blades curios.
  • Holy Water is occasionally useful for Eldritch Altars and Pile of Bones.
  • Torches are not necessary to stockpile in large quantities, due to short corridors. They can, however, be used to purge a negative quirk with a Pile of Scrolls.
  • Skeleton Key is occasionally needed for locked chests.
  • You need at most 2 shovels. Usually, just 1 will suffice if you have good scouting, allowing you to avoid paths that have obstacles (since it's a grid layout). Even without good scouting, you can almost always just go around the obstacle (ie, take a different path to get to the subsequent room).
  • Food is not as important here since multiple curios grant food here, especially with Medicinal Herbs.

Party Composition[ | ]

Most enemies encountered in the Warrens wear some form of armor as protection, making heroes such as the Shieldbreaker or Grave Robber's armor-piercing attacks very helpful. Alternatively, heroes capable of inflicting bleed attacks can also bypass the innate protection of enemies in this area, however, most enemies cannot be affected by blight due to having very high resistance to it. Any hero capable of stress relief is recommended as the Warrens have more dedicated stress-damage enemies than any other location. Heroes proficient in scouting and resistant to disease can be invaluable for the reasons noted below. In terms of their defenses, enemies here tend to be highly resistant to blight, but still vulnerable to bleed. The most commonly encountered enemy type is Beast, with many of the enemies having a secondary Human typing.

It's also worth noting that due to the type of map layouts common here, scouting is more useful here than in other locations (3x4 quadrilaterals can be almost fully scouted on the first room entrance).

Two heroes that work very well in this area together are the Bounty Hunter and Houndmaster as they each possess attacks that have damage bonuses when used against Human or Beast-type enemies and both heroes have mark application and empowered abilities. The Hellion and Flagellant are also effective front-line heroes because of their multitude of bleeding attacks. The Jester can also be counted on for inflicting bleed to multiple enemies, if he's not busy buffing and relieving Stress. Since there are numerous ways to become Diseased here, a Plague Doctor or Grave Robber is also handy for removing any diseases during an expedition.

Notes[ | ]

In order to avoid Disease, it is typically best to kill smaller enemies quickly, as they are more likely to spread illness. Stress damage enemies such as the wretch and drummer should be dealt with swiftly as well. When dealing with the Swinetaur, it is wise to clear all other enemies first, as this will force him to stay in the first rank where he can't use his strongest abilities.

Things to watch out for[ | ]

List of Warrens Monsters[ | ]

Enemies found within the Warrens
Enemy HP DODGE PROT SPD Type Resistances Abilities
Swine Chopper

Swine Chopper

21 0% 15% 3 Human

Beast

Poptext stun Stun - 25%

Poptext poison Blight - 60%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 20%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 15%

Poptext move Move - 50%

"Butcher Cut"Bleed 2

"Ball and Chain"StunKnockback 1

Swine Slasher

Swine Slasher

8 7.5% 25% 5 Human

Beast

Poptext stun Stun - 10%

Poptext poison Blight - 40%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 40%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 15%

Poptext move Move - 25%

"Hook Where It Hurts"
Swine Wretch

Swine Wretch

12 12.5% 0% 8 Beast Poptext stun Stun - 10%

Poptext poison Blight - 40%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 10%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 15%

Poptext move Move - 0%

"Vomit"Disease: AnyStress +10
Swine Drummer


Swine Drummer

15 0% 0% 7 Human

Beast

Poptext stun Stun - 10%

Poptext poison Blight - 40%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 20%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 15%

Poptext move Move - 25%

"Drum of Doom"Stress +5

"Drum of Debilitation"Debuff: -5 DODGEPoptext tagged

Carrion Eater


Carrion Eater

9 0% 0% 4 Beast Poptext stun Stun - 50%

Poptext poison Blight - 100%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 60%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 40%

Poptext move Move - 50%

"Munch"+100% damage vs MarkBlight 1
Carrion Big


Large Carrion Eater

52 8.75% 15% 2 Beast Poptext stun Stun - 70%

Poptext poison Blight - 120%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 80%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 60%

Poptext move Move - 95%

"Weaken Prey"Debuff:-10 ACC, -25% DMG, -15% DMGPoptext tagged

"Tentacle Devour"+100% damage vs MarkDebuff: -5% CRIT

Swinetaur


Swinetaur

63 8.75% 40% 1 Human

Beast

Poptext stun Stun - 95%

Poptext poison Blight - 80%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 40%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 40%

Poptext move Move - 120%

"Pig Spear"

"Boar Rush"Knockback 3Stun

"Trot Retreat"

"Crunching Backhand"Stun

Swine Skiver

Swine Skiver

49 31.25% 15% 9 Human

Beast

Poptext stun Stun - 85%

Poptext poison Blight - 100%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 60%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 70%

Poptext move Move - 65%

"Spit to Roast"StunKnockback 3

"Cripple Them"Debuff: -8 DODGE, -6 SPDBlight 3

"Goring Flight"

Swine Prince Sprite


Swine Prince

132 0% 0% 0 Beast Poptext stun Stun - 100%

Poptext poison Blight - 0%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 0%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 20%

Poptext move Move - 100%

"Obliterate Body"+100% damage vs Mark

"Obliterate Masses"+100% damage vs Mark

"Enraged Destruction"Stun

"Wild Flailing"

Piglet


Wilbur

17 15% 0% 20 Beast Poptext stun Stun - 50%

Poptext poison Blight - 0%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 0%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 0%

Poptext move Move - 0%

"Bit'o Squeal"Stun

"End This One"Poptext tagged

"End These Two"Poptext tagged

"Squeal"Stun

Flesh Head


Flesh (Head)

100 0% 50% 5 Eldritch Poptext stun Stun - 50%

Poptext poison Blight - 20%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 40%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 20%

Poptext move Move - 200%

"Maws of Life"Bleed 2
Flesh Bone


Flesh (Bone)

100 0% 70% 1 Eldritch Poptext stun Stun - 50%

Poptext poison Blight - 20%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 40%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 20%

Poptext move Move - 200%

"Bone Zephyr"Stun
Flesh Heart


Flesh (Heart)

100 0% 0% 10 Eldritch Poptext stun Stun - 10%

Poptext poison Blight - 0%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 0%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 0%

Poptext move Move - 200%

"Sanquine Stroke"Heal 4-8
Flesh Butt


Flesh (Butt)

100 0% 30% 8 Eldritch Poptext stun Stun - 25%

Poptext poison Blight - 40%

Poptext bleed Bleed - 20%

Poptext debuff Debuff - 20%

Poptext move Move - 200%

"Undulating Invasion"Blight 2


Curios[ | ]

Curios found within the Warrens
Curio & type Description Cleansing Without cleansing
Bone Altar
Bone Altar
Unholy; Worship.
"A dark altar with skulls prominently on display. A strange power can be felt in its presence."

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Pass


Buff.curio tracker
100% Buff +15% DMG, +10 ACC, +5% CRT Until Camp, Cure Status Effects. "The altar infuses the hero with great power."



Dinner Cart
Dinner Cart
Body; Drink; Food.
"A cart of human remains. It looks much like a feeding trough. Disgusting."

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Medicinal Herbs
Medicinal Herbs. "The herbs cleanse the meat, making some of it edible."
Loot.curio tracker
Food x3 + Gold/Trinket x1
Loot.curio tracker
37.5% Food x1 + Gold/Trinket x1. "Some of this meat looks edible..."
Poptext poison
25% Blight. "The meat makes the hero violently ill."
Poptext disease
12.5% Disease: The Black Plague. "The swine are not cleanly folk..."
Nothing.curio tracker
25% Nothing. "Nothing but rotting bodies."


Makeshift Dining Table
Makeshift Dining Table
Drink; Food.
"An oddly assembled dining table. There might still be food scraps around."

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Medicinal Herbs
Medicinal Herbs. "The herbs kill any diseases harbored in the food."
Loot.curio tracker
Food x2 + Gold/Supplies x1
Loot.curio tracker
25% Food x1 + Gold/Supplies x1. "The table contains leftovers from a previous meal."
Poptext poison
25% Blight.
Poptext disease
25% Disease: Tapeworm. "The meat is not fully cooked..."
Nothing.curio tracker
25% Nothing.


Moonshine Barrel
Moonshine Barrel
Drink; Treasure.
"A barrel that reeks of powerful liquors."

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Medicinal Herbs
Medicinal Herbs. "Medicinal herbs purify the brew, and it is ever potent!"
Buff.curio tracker
Buff +30% DMG (until camp)
Loot.curio tracker
33.3% Food x1 + Gold/Supplies x1. "The barrel contains stashed treasures."
Poptext poison
33.3% Blight. "The moonshine is kicked-off making the hero ill."
Quirk neg.curio tracker
11.1% Negative Quirk: Tippler. "The hero acquires a taste for this magnificent sauce..."
Nothing.curio tracker
22.2% Nothing. "The barrel is completely empty."


Occult Scrawlings
Occult Scrawlings
Unholy; Knowledge.
"Scrawlings written on what looks like stretched and tanned human flesh..."

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Holy Water
Holy Water. "The holy water hisses and the hero feels... wrong."
Debuff.curio tracker
Debuff -20% DODGE.
Quirk pos.curio tracker
33.3% Random Positive Quirk. "The scrawling forever changes the hero."
Stress.curio tracker
25% Stress +25. "The sight is too much for the hero to bear."
Quirk neg.curio tracker
16.7% Random Negative Quirk. "The scrawling forever changes the hero."
Nothing.curio tracker
25% Nothing. "The scrawlings are dull and uninteresting."


Pile of Bones
Pile of Bones
Body; Haunted; Unholy.
"All that's left of a previous adventurer, perhaps."

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Holy Water
Holy Water. "The pile is purified, allowing a thorough search!"
Loot.curio tracker
Any Loot x2
Loot.curio tracker
25% Any Loot x2. "The bones house some supplies."
Poptext disease
25% Random Disease. "The hero is infected by the rotten pile."
Quirk neg.curio tracker
25% Negative Quirk: Bloodthirsty. "The hero becomes fascinated with the remains..."
Nothing.curio tracker
25% Nothing. "Nothing is found amongst the remains."
Pile of Scrolls
Pile of Scrolls
Knowledge.
"A bunch of scrolls. The cursive is sloppy and difficult to read."

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Torch
Torch. "The scrolls are full of evil writings. Burning them is a weight off the hero's shoulders..."
Purge neg.curio tracker
Purge Negative Quirk
Ability Scout Ahead
28.6% Scouting. "The scrolls are a well-rendered map of the road ahead..."
Stress.curio tracker
14.3% Stress +15. "The scrolls contain hideous portents."
Inv journal page
14.3% Journal Entry.
Quirk pos.curio tracker
9.5% Random Positive Quirk. "The scrolls forever change the hero."
Quirk neg.curio tracker
4.8% Random Negative Quirk. "The scrolls forever change the hero."
Nothing.curio tracker
28.6% Nothing. "The scrolls are merely records of dull transactions..."
Rack of Blades
Rack of Blades
Scrounging.
"A rack of dulled, rusty knives. They are covered in fresh blood."

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Bandage
Bandage. "The bandage protects the hero's hands during the search."
Loot.curio tracker
Gold/Gems x2 + Food x1
Loot.curio tracker
40% Gold/Gems x1 + Food x1. "Extra supplies are found amongst the knives."
Poptext bleed
40% Bleed. "The hero receives a nasty gash."
Nothing.curio tracker
20% Nothing. "Nothing useful here."


Sacrificial Stone
Sacrificial Stone
Unholy; Worship.
"A stone used for ancient, barbaric rituals."

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Pass


Stress.curio tracker
50% Stress +50. "The hero is deeply disturbed."
Purge neg.curio tracker
25% Purge Negative Quirk. "A sinful behaviour is vanquished."
Quirk pos.curio tracker
12.5% Positive Quirk: Warrens Explorer. "The stone's carvings give great insight into these Warrens..."
Quirk pos.curio tracker
12.5% Positive Quirk: Warrens Scrounger. "The stone's carvings give great insight into these Warrens..."



Curios found within all dungeons
Curio & type Description Cleansing Without cleansing
Crate
Crate
Treasure.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass


Currency.portrait.icon
75% Heirloom. "The crate contains stashed heirlooms!"
Nothing.curio tracker
25% Nothing. "The crate is empty."



Discarded Pack
Discarded Pack
Scrounging; Treasure.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass


Loot.curio tracker
60% Supplies x1 + Gold/Gems x2 + Journal Entry. "The pack contains loot!"
Ability Scout Ahead
20% Scouting. "The pack has a map inside it!"
Nothing.curio tracker
20% Nothing. "The pack has already been looted."


Eldritch Altar
Eldritch Altar
Haunted; Unholy.
"An altar dedicated to unholy abominations. Perhaps a great power lies within."

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Holy Water
Holy Water. "The holy water purifies the altar!"
Purge neg.curio tracker
Purge Negative Quirk
Stress.curio tracker
40% Stress +25. "A terrifying presence is felt nearby!"
Purge neg.curio tracker
10% Purge Negative Quirk. "The hero is absolved of a sin."
Nothing.curio tracker
50% Nothing. "The altar's purpose is purely decorative."


Heirloom Chest
Heirloom Chest
Treasure.
(First Variant)
A chest with your family's sigil.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Skeleton Key
Skeleton Key. "The key unlocks a hidden compartment!"
Antivenom
Antivenom. "The antivenom neutralizes a poison trap in a hidden compartment!"
Currency.portrait.icon
Heirloom x4
Currency.portrait.icon
Heirloom x3
Currency.portrait.icon
75% Heirloom x2. "The contents are yours!"
Poptext bleed
12.5% Bleed. "It's trapped!"
Poptext poison
12.5% Blight. "It's trapped!"


Heirloom Chest
Heirloom Chest
Treasure.
(Second Variant)
"A chest with your family's sigil."

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Skeleton Key
Skeleton Key. "The key unlocks a hidden compartment!"
Shovel
Shovel.
Loot.curio tracker
Any loot x3
Loot.curio tracker
66.6% Any loot x2
33.3% Nothing
Loot.curio tracker
50% Any loot x2. "The contents are yours!"
Poptext poison
25% Blight. "It's trapped!"
Poptext bleed
25% Bleed. "It's trapped!"


Sack
Sack
Scrounging.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass


Loot.curio tracker
75% Gold. "The sack's contents are yours..."
Nothing.curio tracker
25% Nothing. "The sack is empty."



Sconce
Sconce
Scrounging
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass


Torch
100% Torch x1. "You salvage the unburned torch."



Shambler's Altar
Shambler's Altar
None.
It says: "The sacrifice of fire is the gate to ruin! Place a torch if you crave the void!"

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Torch
Torch. "A terrifying figure emerges from the darkness!"
Summon.curio tracker
Summon Shambler
Nothing.curio tracker
100% Nothing. "Touching the altar has no effect."



Stack of Books
Stack of Books
Knowledge.
"A stack of literary treasures in an unlikely location."

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Torch
Torch. "The hero destroyed knowledge, and now must bear the guilt of it!"
Stress.curio tracker
Stress +100
Stress.curio tracker
22.2% Stress +25. "The hero reads a most unsettling passage."
Quirk pos.curio tracker
22.2% Random Positive Quirk (66.67%). "Reading a few pages has a lasting effect on the hero..."
Quirk neg.curio tracker
11.1% Random Negative Quirk (33.33%). "Reading a few pages has a lasting effect on the hero..."
Camp skill abandon hope
11.1% Decrease Light Meter by 25. "The hero reads a most unsettling passage."
Inv journal page
16.7% Journal Entry.
Nothing.curio tracker
16.7% Nothing. "The volumes are desiccated and unremarkable."
Unlocked Strongbox
Unlocked Strongbox
Treasure.
"A long-forgotten strongbox sits on the cold stone floor, its contents unknown."

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Pass


Loot.curio tracker
75% Any Loot x2. "The contents are yours!"
Poptext poison
25% Blight. "It's trapped!"




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