"In the far eastern outskirts of Drangleic lies an old manor that is now long forgotten."
Aldia was condemned here by his brother Vendrick when they disagreed on how to find "the truth" about the secrets of life in an attempt to overcome the curse. Aldia viewed the Undead as a key to this mystery. In the manor, Aldia continued his experiments in seclusion, creating monstrous creatures from his guests, and he even tried to recreate a dragon. A number of the experiments were literally dumped into The Gutter to live out their wretched existence out of sight.
Unspeakable magic was performed here, and the cruel fate of the residents gave way to powerful artifacts and dangerous spells. Some of the greatest minds converged here to perform strange rituals behind closed doors. Their actions may not have been their own though; an unknown force may have been manipulating them.
The Guardian Dragon is kept in an enormous cage behind the Keep. It presently acts as the de facto guardian of the path to the Dragon Aerie but more than likely began as an unwilling participant in the experiments conducted at the Manor.
The foes encountered here are:
- Dragon Acolyte: Acolytes of Aldia responsible for the rituals and experiments performed behind the closed doors of the Manor. Some of Drangleic's greatest minds gathered in Aldia to conduct highly secret research, but it is rumored that an unknown force may have been manipulating them throughout the process; the hideous abominations produced by their efforts would seem to corroborate this theory, but the precise goal of their research remains unknown…
- Looking Glass Phantom: Reflections residing in the dimension within the King's Mirror. They can cross over to the world of the living through the looking glass, but for what purpose? Do they seek to replace those who originally cast them?
- Royal Sorcerer Navlaan (Dark Spirit): A former sorcerer surrounded by conflicting rumors and great controversy, Navlaan gained infamy when he was supposedly executed along with his entire village for practicing Dark magic, but the truth is far more complicated. At first glance Navlaan appears to suffer from dissociative identity disorder and displays two opposite personalities. The reality, however, is not so easily explained; perhaps it would be better to draw your conclusions after meeting him yourself.
- Aslatiel of Mirrah (Dark Spirit): Elder brother of Lucatiel of Mirrah. He was known as one of Mirrah's greatest swordsmen but became afflicted by the Undead Curse and set out for Drangleic in search of a cure. He was never heard from again and his fate and whereabouts were unknown - until now…