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For the spell, see Intercept.
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"Butterscotch. King Reginald has sent the three princes royal to guard this land, and warn him if evil threatens to master it. Between them, the princes hold the secret of this land's Portal Gem. Convert these princes to your side, and they will surely reveal it to you. If any Prince either dies, or escapes to his father's side, then the secret of the Portal Gem will be lost to us, and we will never reach the sunlit kingdom of the heroes."
— The Mentor, level briefing

Interception, located in Butterscotch, is the 19th (counting each multiple-choice level as only one, and not counting bonus levels) and penultimate level of the Dungeon Keeper 2 campaign. In this level, the goal is to capture all three Princes and convert them to your side in the Torture Chamber. If even one dies, or escapes, the realm is lost.

If one of the princes is hurt by an attack, he will alert his brothers, which triggers them to rout the level immediately.

Breakdown[]

"Interception"- Butterscotch
Primary Goal
Proselytize the three Princes to your cause
Ancillary Goal(s)
Keep them from getting away, lest you lose the gem

The Princes must not be allowed to perish before conversion, lest you lose the gem


Red Keeper (Human)
Creature Limit 20
Starting Gold 17250
Starting Forces 4 Imps
May Attract
  Warlock   Troll pickup Darkelf Mistress pickup
Salamander icon   Bile Demon pickup      
May Create or Summon
Imp pickup Skeleton pickup Vampire pickup Horny Icon
Rooms
Lair icon Library2 Icon Medium Treasury Icon Medium Casino Icon Medium Wooden Bridge Icon Medium Torture Room2 Icon Medium Graveyard2 Icon Medium Temple2 Icon Medium
Hatchery2 Icon Medium Training Room2 Icon Medium Workshop2 Icon Medium Guard Room Icon Medium Prison2 Icon Medium Stone Bridge Icon Medium Combat Pit Icon Medium
Spells
Createimp2 icon medium Possession icon medium Sightofevil2 icon medium Tremor icon medium Creategold icon medium | Summonhorny-icon-medium2
Thunderbolt icon medium Heal2 icon medium Calltoarms2 icon medium Turncoat icon medium Inferno icon medium | Chicken2 icon medium
Traps & Doors
Wooden Door2 Icon Medium Braced Door2 Icon Medium Magic Door2 Icon Medium Sentry Trap Icon Medium Fear Trap Icon Medium Gas Trap Icon Medium Trigger Trap Icon Medium Freeze Trap Icon Medium Fireburst Trap Icon Medium
Barricade Icon Medium Steel Door Icon Medium Secret Door Icon Medium Guard Post Trap Icon Medium Alarm Trap2 Icon Medium Spike Trap Icon Medium Boulder Trap2 Icon Medium Lightning Trap2 Icon Medium  


Strategy[]

This level requires much preparation from a player to be done properly. Enemies are abundant, and they will swarm the player's dungeon once its outer walls (those with gold tiles) are breached. Luckily, the player is secure from attacks as long as he keeps his already developed dungeon closed. His area is surrounded by lava from three and by solid rock from one side, which makes it almost impossible for the hero forces to break in as they lack a crossway over the lava. Furthermore, once the player's gold deposits are depleted, he can still use Create Gold spell to replenish reserves needed to pay creatures.

Right to the southwest, a neutral arena with a level ten Black Knight can be found. It should be claimed, so the player can use it to train his creatures up to level eight. A wise player should invest as much time as possible to prepare for combat. The lava lake around his base is occupied by Fairies and once the player digs to the outside, those Fairies, accompanied by some Giants, will directly head to the player's Dungeon Heart. While level four creatures may be able to fend them off with a slice of player spells support, level one creatures are totally lost here.

All surrounding lava lakes feature at least four Magical Items in total that increase creature level. They shouldn't be used all at once, but be kept in storage for quickly training up reinforcing creatures. However, if the player has an already prepared force of level eight creatures, two items can be consumed to spiral them up to level ten and make them more deadly in ambushing attacks (combat situations with single guards must proceed fast, so the patrolling prince's won't be caught in combat too). To the northwestern bank, right behind the lava lake, lies a "Reveal Map" item. It should be claimed and used to overwatch this level carefully. It should be kept in mind that the princes will rout altogether once only one of them gets attacked by any of the player's bloodthirsty beasts.

So micromanagement will serve the player well here. Carefully claiming the connecting paths when patrols are absent will enable the player to cast Turncoat or Thunderbolt to assassinate the patrol groups one after another when they return. Sometimes it is advised to simply drop a few creatures to kill a bunch of guards directly. When all prince's entourage has been wiped out, they should be left alone until the player has claimed most of the hero base. Thus, he can mount a sudden attack on all three princes at whatever spot he desires. It is important to assault them when they are in distance to any of the hero gates, so that none of them has room to escape. Two of them will have crossed patrol routes, while the third one is in the center of a huge room with no hero gate in range. This is the best moment for ambushing them. Now they just need to be imprisoned and thrown into the Torture Chamber. At this point, the level is as good as being finished.

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