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The City Before Us

Posted by Vikestart on September 29, 2013
Last updated by Vikestart on August 3, 2015
Zone Starting Location Rewards
Scorched Desert Time Tomb (al-Merayah Foundations) XP598 430 PAX20 000  BB15
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This mission is only available during the mission The City Beneath Us.

Tier 1

Objective: Enter the Time Tomb

Click on the Time Tomb.

Tier 2

Objective: Find a functioning Ark in al-Merayahs past

Once you have entered the Time Tomb and reached past time, go left to a sealed door that has buttons next to it and solve it as shown below:


On the inside you will find a floor puzzle. Look at the glowing symbol(s) above the door on the other side of the room. That or those symbol(s) tells you which tiles are safe to touch. Pay attention as they swap and move accordingly.


Once across the room you will be faced with another door puzzle. Solution in image below:


The room behind the door contains a large stair-like path. At the top you will find yet another door puzzle:


This room is quite different. There is a hostile Custodian inside. Battle it until it reaches around 10 700 HP. It will then shut down temporarily with a continuous knock-back blast. This gives you time to solve the next door puzzle. See the solution below, hurry up!


Once you solve this door puzzle, the Custodian will power down permanently, so don’t worry about that one. Head through the now opened door and you should be able to see the Ark.

Tier 3

Objective: Take the functioning Ark

Don’t do this yet if you want to acquire the whip. Before picking up the Ark, head into the room pointed towards with an arrow in the image below:


Inside this room you will be faced with a simple floor puzzle. The symbols lit up on the first row represent the safe tiles here, and they are permanent, so just follow the pattern until you reach the other side of the room and you’ll be okay.


Once there, you should see an Anima Infuser box. Click on it to put the Bullwhip inside and then leave the room. You are not to pick up the whip again in this time, but in the present instead.


Go back to the Ark and pick it up.


Objective: Put the broken Ark in its place

Be ready to run as a trap will be triggered. Put the broken Ark down and then run for the stairs.

Objective: Escape the trap

Run for the stairs and run back the same way you came from, all the way back to the Time Tomb. Beware of the boulder that will drop behind you in the room with the large stairwell.


Tier 4

Objective: Bury the functioning Ark in a safe place

Go to the location marked on the map. It should be east of the Time Tomb, you will have to go around the cliffside to get up there.

There should be a lore near the location at the top of the mountain:


Anyway, back to burying the Ark. There will be a marked spot up there somewhere:


Objective: Return to the present

Return to the Time Tomb and travel back to the present.

Tier 5

Objective: Recover the functioning Ark

It will be in the same place where you burried it. Go to the location marked on the map.


Objective: Find the bolest driver in the desert

That can be noone else but Nassir. You will find him at (900, 310).


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