A Dance with Rogues
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This walkthrough contains major spoilers. Only read it if you are stuck in a certain part of the game or if you don't mind being spoiled. To facilitate this, this document has been broken into sections pertaining to major parts, hereafter known as chapters.

Note that in addition to the quests, there are quite a lot of conversations to have, areas to explore and things to do. Most of the houses in Betancuria as well as other areas can be entered that are not quests per se, but mini dungeons to explore or just a couple of homes you could plunder.

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General Notes[]

  • The date and the time of the day have relevance in the game.
    • All shops are closed during nighttime, including the outdoor merchants.
    • Some locations, such as The Swordfish, are accessible only at nighttime.
    • Betancuria Arena is open on set evenings only.
    • Some quests must be completed at a set time, for example "tomorrow evening".
    • Some activities take time. E.g. bathing takes an hour and a treatment in Carla's Beauty Palace takes 2-3 hours. Also reading erotica and pleasuring yourself may advance the time.
  • SART is a convenient way of traveling between the parts of Betancuria once you have access to the sewers.
  • If you need to sell any contraband you may want to sell it to Drago at the warehouse instead of selling it to Dalino Derthen in the hideout, since the latter becomes unavailable later in the game and you may want to keep the option of buying things back.

Prologue - Attack on Betancuria Castle[]

The beginning of Part One of A Dance with Rogues finds your character, the Princess, in her room. Speak to the maid, then watch as a Dhorn captain and some soldiers break into your room. When Shira is killed, you can choose to break free (requires a Strength check), wriggle away (requires a Tumble check) or bluff (requires a Bluff check). When the Dhorn captain is distracted, quickly slip past him. Watch your character run through the castle until Vico snatches her and things go black. A scene will occur in which Vico will force himself upon you. You can fight or not, the result will be the same.

After Vico is done, you can choose to follow him or refuse:

  1. If you follow him, you will be given a worn dress and follow him to the Bear Pit where you meet Nathan and Chella with some modesty.
  2. If refuse to go with him, he will knock you unconscious and take you with him to the Bear Pit without any clothes on.
Note: If you're crashing during the chase scene, see the Troubleshooting page.

Mandatory Quests[]

Chapter 1 - The Seven Lessons[]

Go to Chella and she will tell you that Master Nathan wants to talk to you. On your way upstairs, you will run into Caron. He is friendly towards you, and in the future you will be able to tell him about your lessons. You can also speak to Trissa (in the kitchen of the Bear Pit) who will tell you to stay away from Caron. After you talk to her, you can ask Caron whether or not he has a relationship with her.

Go upstairs to meet Nathan. He will tell you that you must go through seven lessons.


As Nathan mentions, you can complete the lessons in the order you like. Lesson 7 requires the Princess to have risen to level 3 and finished the Mysterious Note quest, however.

It is a good idea to have a chat with Caron after passing each lesson. It also doesn't hurt to visit Master Nathan on occasion, because he may have insights on other quests you may gain while working on the lessons.

The Quests[]

The Conclusion[]

Once all seven lessons are showing up as "finished" in your journal, go and see Nathan. He will tell you about The Family and welcome you as a true member. He will also give you the key to your own apartment at 2, Acorn Street (Betancuria North).

Chapter 2 - Proving Your Mettle[]

We move on to Chapter 2 once Nathan has welcomed you into The Family and given you your own apartment.


Now that you have your own place you can store your excessive items there. In the privacy of your own bedroom you can also pleasure yourself if your character is so inclined (paying a visit to the Beauty Shop at Northern Betancuria for some intimate beauty treatment may be required for that) increasing your skills in the Arts of Love.

The Quests[]

The quests may be completed in either order. Note that The Golden Chalice quest is a time consuming quest and should be done when you have no time sensitive quests active.

The Conclusion[]

Once the quests are completed (including the little interlude with the Dhorn), the story proceeds with Chapter 3.

Chapter 3 - Damsels in Distress[]

After you complete the two mandatory quests in Chapter 2, head over to the hideout and talk to Alfons. He will inquire about your adventures and assign you a new mission. Pia was supposed to do a burglary job at the Academy, but something must not have gone quite as planned, since the bard and occasionally rogue has yet to return. Your task is to find her and bring her back. When entering Betancuria North you will also be given a sample of Dhorn hospitality after being Captured.


A large part of Chapter 3 takes place outside Betancuria. A smart princess will indulge in a serious session of shopping before adventuring in unknown lands.

The Quests[]

The Conclusion[]

A the end of your adventures in Ravenstown, you will be given a once in a lifetime ride back home and you'll be dropped on the Road to Betancuria, from where you and the former damsel in distress can return home.

Chapter 4 - Back in Betancuria[]

Once you have rescued Pia, Alfons will tell you that Nathan wants to see you. Head to the Bear Pit, which will be attacked by Dhorn upon your entry. See Welcome Home for further details.

Go to the sewers and tell Alfons what has happened. He will give orders to abandon the hideout immediately. On your way out you will encounter more Dhorn, but they will be relatively easy to kill.

Meet Alfons at Barich's Tavern (harbor area in Southern Betancuria, opposite to the Wild Cat). Alfons will send you on a mission to gather information about the whereabouts of Nathan and the other captives who might have been taken to a place called The Hunting Lodge in the King's Forest. While seeking a way into the compound, you will be captured by Simon Lyonson who will recruit you for a robbing mission through the undergrounds below Castle Betancuria. See Bank Raider for more details.

When you have the needed information and brought yourself back to the surface, Alfons and the rest of the gang will intercept you. Tell him what you have found out. He will take you to a ruined house outside Betancuria, where a meeting will take place between the members of The Family. When that's dealt with, save your character and proceed to Part Two.

If you do not have Anden in your party, you have to recruit him, as he will be your guide for the first part of part two. Anden should be at the Ranger's Guild (Southern Betancuria, or wherever you last left him). In the new version of the game (v2.20) it is not necessary to have Anden in your party. If you don't want to travel with Anden, you can always successfully complete Part One without him.

Mandatory Quests - Enhanced Version (2.0)[]

The plot line of the Enhanced part 1 remains relatively the same, but certain quest have significant difference: some become shorter, some have their plot changed and some new quests are added in. The walkthrough for the old part 1 should still be useful enough to help you get a general idea of what needs to be done, though.

Below are the list of quest that have significant changes:

  • Uncover the Dhorn spies: Some of the Gladiators dialogue is rewritten (particularly the encounter in the arena). There are much more enemies and a new NPC added, so it is advised you prepare yourself well for combat.
  • Pia is Missing: the quest was revised significantly. A whole new quest: "Under siege" is added. Only after you complete "Under siege" can you complete "Pia is missing". Raventown is changed greatly and the story is changed as well.
    • The first way to complete the quest is to investigate the Baron's death (similar to the old version). Catias is now an important character in the quest. After defeating the assassins sent to your jail, head to the second floor of the castle to find Catias room. Speak to him and you will be able to proceed
    • The second way to get out of Raventown is to find a boat underneath the castle, then sneak out yourself.
  • Welcome Home: You have a way to find out info about Nathan yourself through a newly-added character named Quin. The encounter with Jero is also different.
  • The Schism: This quest is deleted and replaced with the "A Brave New World" quest where you will be the one rescuing Alfons along with all of your companions. They will be kept prison on a ship called Santa Maria, and it's up to you to sneak aboard and free everyone.

In addition the changes to main quests, a number of side quests are added

  • Undertow: The Princess meets a young man in the Isle of the Dead, west of Betancuria. He seems to be under a curse by a famous witch. Could the Princess confront the witch and persuade her to release the man?
  • Risky Business: A member of the Family, Quinn, wants to infiltrate the Dhorn Administration as a spy. He needs your help to 1) find a way into the Administration and 2) find him an outfit of a high ranking officer.
  • Kingdom of Shadows: The Princess discovers a strange temple and tries to hunt down answers about what she saw there, which may be a dangerous endeavor.

And many others

General tips:

  • Use the Sewer system as much as you can. The gates connecting different parts of the city are now posted with guards and they will heavily fine you if any stolen items is found (even if that item is for quest completion), so it's best to avoid using the city gate unless you're very persuasive, intimidating or good with bluffing.
  • Explore around the city - there will be a few interesting quests and characters that are unique for the enhanced version.

Optional Quests[]

  • Miniquests in Part 1 lists additional points of interest that the Princess can explore during the story.


This originated from the walkthrough for Part One on the page for ADwR Part One in Neverwinter Nights Vault. The original author is unknown, but it was later updated by KooKoo. The header contained:

  • Written: 17 March 2006
  • Last Updated: 27 November 2006
  • Update by KooKoo for version 2.1: 10 March 2008
  • Update to add points of interest: 13 April 2008

Since it was added to the wiki, the walkthrough has been updated profusely by various authors to cover the changes brought by module version 1.40 and 1.50, as well as to increase its accuracy on other accounts.