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Ishtar

Varant - Gothic 3 Game Guide

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Jackal attack!

It's a part of Zuben's test (described later). Kafa gives this quest (he takes care of the well outside Ishtar, Giacomo tells you where to find Kafa). This quest appears during the conversation with Kafa: you are suddenly attacked by a group of jackals. Kill them all.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1250

The valuable bowl

It's another part of Zuben's test. This time it's Asam who gives this quest (he guards the main gates to Ishtar). You have to bring him the valuable bowl that belongs to Zarkos now. The only way to do that is to kill Zarkos. You have to kill him anyway, so do it (described later).

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1000
  • Reputation: Ishtar +10

The tribute of the temple

It's another part of Zuben's test. Zuben itself gives this quest. This time your job is to bring the tribute from mages of Bakaresh: Tizgar, Sigmor and Amul (you met them all in Bakaresh). Tizgar gives you the money without a problem, Sigmor gives you a key to the chest from a cave near Bakaresh (take the money from there), and Amul wants you to do a quest for him. This quest is described with the rest of Bakaresh quests but it may happen that you don't have to do that.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 2500
  • Reputation: Ishtar +10
  • Attributes: Ancient knowledge +1

Bring 10 magic ore blanks to Sven the smith

Sven the smith gives this quest.

The Nordmarian needs ten blanks of magic ore - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

The Nordmarian needs ten blanks of magic ore. If you don't have it in your inventory, you don't have to go to Nordmar. You may find some magic ore in Varant too.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 3000

Access to Ishtar

Asam the guardian gives this quest.

You don't have to do anything for Asam - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

You don't have to do anything for Asam. Asam lets you enter the city when you get at least 75% Hashishin reputation. To reach this level you must do a lot of quest in a whole Varant (working for Hashishin of course).

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1500

Training materials

It's a part of Zuben's test. Emet the gladiator gives this quest. You have to bring him a package of swampweed from Lago. To get this you have to do a quest for Rasul from Lago. Unfortunately you might have spent your packages so far. If so don't worry: you can finish Zuben's test not doing this quest.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1000
  • Reputation: Ishtar +5

Potions for the slaves

It's the second task from Karmok. You have to give him 20 healing potions (you can do that quest if you want the slaves to start a rebellion in Ishtar).

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1500
  • Reputation: Nomads +3

Master of combat

Ugrasal the Zuben's right hand gives this quest. It's another part of Zuben's test.

Ugrasal is a tough guy and combat specialist - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Ugrasal is a tough guy and combat specialist. You pass his test when you become a master of combat. You can do that by learning two sword master skill (Ugrasal can teach you that when you are ready).

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1000
  • Reputation: Ishtar +5

Liberate Ishtar

This quest appears when you cooperate with the Nomads. Ishtar is another town you have to liberate. Before you start the fight order the slaves to help you (talk to Karmok)

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 7500
  • Reputation: Nomads +5

The instigator of the ore theft

It's a last part of the quest connected with the ore theft. The man you look for is Nerusul (Ningal from Mora Sul told you that), and Delazar from Ishtar can tell you something more.

Find Nerusul and tell him that you know he is the instigator of the ore theft - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Find Nerusul and tell him that you know he is the instigator of the ore theft. The magician tries to bribe you (2000 gold coins), but you don't have to take the money. Just kill Nerusul and steal his gold.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 500

The skins of the rotten beasts

It's a part of Zuben's test. Musan gives this quest. You have to bring him five rotten beast pelts. Musan tells you where to look for these monsters (go to the edge of the map and find the cave infested with rotten beasts). There is a chance that you already have skins in the inventory.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 2500
  • Reputation: Ishtar +15
  • Attributes: Hunting skills +1

The test of the Hashishin

It's the biggest quest you get in Ishtar. Zuben the leader of the Hashishin gives this quest to check your skills. If you pass it (beating you rivals Surus and Zarkos), you get another mission from Zuben (these are quest enabling you to finish the game according to path of the Hashishin).

To win the test you have to complete tasks given by: Zuben, Emet, Kasim, Ugrasal, Makas, Musan and Asam (all of them are described in this solution) - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

To win the test you have to complete tasks given by: Zuben, Emet, Kasim, Ugrasal, Makas, Musan and Asam (all of them are described in this solution).

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 5000

The wells outside the city

Makas gives this quest as a part of Zuben's test.

Makas tells you to go outside the city, find wells, and do quests given by Kafu and Giacomo - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Makas tells you to go outside the city, find wells, and do quests given by Kafu and Giacomo.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1000
  • Reputation: Ishtar +10

Three pack leaders

Giacomo gives this task as apart of Makas's quest.

1 - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Giacomo has a problem with jackals terrorizing the area - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Giacomo has a problem with jackals terrorizing the area. You have to kill three leaders of jackal packs. Two of them can be found around Ishtar (running in the area), ant he third is hidden in the cave near Ishtar.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1500
  • Reputation: Ishtar +10

Arm the slaves

Karmok gives this quest. He is a slave that can help you to start the rebellion in Ishtar.

You have to bring him three bundles of weapons - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

You have to bring him three bundles of weapons.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1500
  • Reputation: Nomads +3

Arena fight

It's a duel in the arena and a part of Zuben's test. Kasim is the chief of the arena in Ishtar.

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Makas is your first opponent - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Makas is your first opponent. The rules are the same as ever.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1000
  • Reputation: Ishtar +5
  • Attributes: Strength +1

Arena fight

It's a third duel in the arena. Emet is your opponent.

Emet is a champion so to face him; you must defeat other gladiators first - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Emet is a champion so to face him; you must defeat other gladiators first.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1500
  • Reputation: Ishtar +15
  • Attributes: Strength +1

Arena fight

It's the second arena duel. Musan is your opponent.

You can face Musan after defeating Makas - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

You can face Musan after defeating Makas.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1000
  • Reputation: Ishtar +10
  • Attributes: Strength +1

The fight with Surus

Nerusul can persuade you to kill Surus, (if you don't kill Nerusul first because of the ore theft). It's good to kill Surus because he is your rival in Zuben's test.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 250
  • Reputation: Ishtar +5
  • Attributes: Strength +1

More jackals

Kafa gives this quest when you destroy the firs group of jackals. After w while the second group comes, near Giacomo. Follow Kafa and kill the jackals.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1250
  • Attributes: Strength +1

Zarkos

Asam the guardian gives this quest (as a part of Zuben's test).

Asam orders you killing Zarkos - Ishtar - Varant - Gothic 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Asam orders you killing Zarkos. You can do that while getting the precious bowl. And by the way you kill your rival in Zuben's test.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1500
  • Reputation: Ishtar +5

Ore thieves

This is the end of quest connected wit ore theft. When you find all kill all thieves you may go to Campa from Ben Erai to get your reward.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 3000

Customs in Varant

Surus can give you this quest, (if you don't make him angry first). If you get this quest just go to talk to Ugrasal.

Benefits:

  • Experience points: 1000
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Comments and responses

Cosminel.07 22/04/2012 12:26

Sorry !I 9 years where is Zarkos and Makas ? .......rottean beast where is ? rottean beats = sandlurker?

holyavenger_X 06/12/2011 06:39

Makas is inside the catacombs. What I did was I attacked Makas, then I let him run after me till the arena, then I cast a sleep spell on him then talked to the Arena master to start the fight. When he woke up he jumped into the arena where I was able to finish the fight. In one of my saves Makas went through a wall and died which made me fail the quest; that's why I lured him out into the open.

Mongo1 04/11/2011 20:27

I am sorry you feel that way, the game IS non-linear, in that you can do anything you please, when you are capable. BUT that doesn't mean that choices don't have consequences, how did you think you would gain enough reputation to enter the highest city in the Hashishin empire? Certainly not by following strictly the path of light. So either do their bidding or forget entering peacefully. It IS your choice. Happy Hunting!this post has been modified by its author [2011-11-04 21:29:02]

joaopestana 03/11/2011 00:48

Finaly, after 4 years of buying the game, i manege to start it with intention of finishing. now after fighting all over myrtana and playing all the goodie missions on Varant, I arive to the conclusion that I've got to do some on the dark side too, I thought this was a free game, non linear...all thet crap...and I see that is not so...I just lost all my will off finishing this thing, particulary becouse I've played ES4 for 2 years, got over 3000 hours of game ( diferent carachters of course )... Well life could be worse if we werent as close to 11/11/11 you guys now what this means... Iam disapointed, I even played morrowind after i played Obliveon , and found it considerable better then Gothic 3 ( to play, not the visuals...) Iam considerind in entering ishtar on a Rambo kind of way, and blast those F...... back to Beliar...

Mongo1 20/12/2010 19:19

nopes just been hanging around for a looooong time lol

The Javelin 20/12/2010 02:32

Wow Mongo1 your popular

Mongo1 28/02/2010 11:55

I assume you mean restarting. Well first of all make sure you have the latest patch(es) installed for the game. Then when you start up the game, do not load a save game, but select new game and start again. Happy Gaming. BTW, even if you do not patch the game, chances are that NPC will be where he is supposed to be, it is not a known consistent bug.this post has been modified by its author [2010-02-28 12:57:36]

HumanNo 27/02/2010 17:47

If i wanted to play it again later, how should i fix this NPC ?

Mongo1 23/02/2010 21:23

If it is truly a bug, then no; I know of no summon NPC cheat. Sorry.

HumanNo 22/02/2010 20:19

Is there eny chance to fix this bug without playing the game again ?

Mongo1 21/02/2010 12:09

Must be a bug, because arena fighters never leave their area near the arena, sometimes you have to talk to them first, before talking to the fight manager, but they are always there.

HumanNo 20/02/2010 10:32

I speak with arena leader and he tells my go to arena and fight Makas. I wait long time none comes to arena. Then i tryed to look after Makas in town he isn't in town where is he, game bug or something? I wasn't in Nordmar maybe i should complete misions there first to see him ?

Mongo1 19/09/2009 10:32

There are multiple caves to the west of Ishtar, so you obviously did not search the entire range. The one with the rotten beasts has a small canyon leading into it and there a few of these beasts (lions) outside the cave entrance wih the rest inside. There is a mixture of rotten beasts and normal lions there. I can't give you better directions except to start from the one guy's tent (Kafa) and walk along the range to the south and west until you find the canyon opening. When fighting them since there are many, you will need to try to attract only a few at a time (one pref).

Maq_A 19/09/2009 06:26

Mongo, please help me one more time. I just can`t find those DAMN ROTTEN BEAST. Something is wrong, Mussan tells me that the cave is west of Ishtar, but to the west the single cave i found (near the edge of the map, like you said up) it is one full of sand lurkers. When I found Zarkos, he tells me that the rotten beasts`s cave is a little bit far north from his location, but to the north there are only mountains. And next to the mountains behind the city walls of Ishtar I wasn`t abble to find nothing. Please give me some precise directions. NORTH from Ishtar? WEST? Or explained me detailed, or give me an yahoo messenger ID, whatever you want. I just can`t get enough reputation to finish the Test of the Hashishin. I`ve got only 70, so PLEASE HELP ME, MAN!

Mongo1 10/09/2009 21:28

It is near the mountains directly behind Ishtar, some are outside a cave and the rest are inside the cave. Note there are mutiple caves in that range keep searching you should find it. But as best I remember it is directly behind the city walls of Ishtar, opposite the side where the entrance is.

Maq_A 10/09/2009 15:08

Please someone tell me where EXACTLY cand i find those DAMN ROTTEN BEAST! I searched the entire region of ishtar and mora sul and all the areas, but i was unable to find that shitfull cave. Please tell me DETAILED where cand i find those beast, because i need the skins to get enough reputation in Ishtar. Besides that, an alternative solution to get those skins would be okay. Like where i could i find another skins, or how can i insert those skins in inventory. But not to insert ALL items, only those. And one more thing, how cand I insert a rotten beast? it doesn`t work with "insert rotten_beast"

cieljigoku 24/11/2008 19:52

i see. yup managed to kill Surus. phew finally after more than 30 tries. hehehe thanx Mongo1 and yeah the test of hashishin quest is still there.guess it's d bug of d game particularly this time of playing. hopefully next time i play over i wont have such problems. thanx again.

Mongo1 21/11/2008 20:41

I told you it might take a few tries, but you can not get Nerusul to do it. Only you can get it done, try late at night. watch the comings and goings of guards, you have to time it just right so you don't get noticed and you have to be quick. I didn't say it was easy, it isn't. The hostile hashishin outside are raiders (outlaws), thus are always hostile. That shouldn't be a surprise.

cieljigoku 21/11/2008 17:18

oh one more thing. why do i find some killers (hashishin killers) outside of Ishtar? Is that because i killed Zarkos and Nerusul? will that influence my faction with d hashishin? After that i teleported to other cities in Varant n they're all still remain peaceful. i'm confuse. thanks

cieljigoku 21/11/2008 16:51

how do i kill Surus? it's so difficult to kill him cos some of the hashishin become hostile after i hit him or Surus hit me. Nerusul was done for. I did try many times killing Surus but none is working. How do i persuade Nerusul to kill Surus? That way the hashishin wont get hostile or something? Thanx a bunch Mongo1

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