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This chain elevator is the entrance to this area from Lower Dorn's Deep. Upon entering the area you will meet a Svirfneblin named Tarnelm. He will initially think that you are in league with his enemies, but if you convince him that you aren't he will ask you to fetch some food. If you have the Sack of Potatoes from the kitchen in Old Dorn's Palace I, you can offer it to Tarnelm for a large experience reward.
When Tarnelm realises that you are a friend he can trust, he will ask if your party can deal with the Umber Hulks in this area that are preventing him from reaching the Gnome Settlement.
2. Rhinoceros Beetles
The shells of these rhinoceros beetles can be used to create enchanted shields in the next area. If you have enough gold you may want to carry them with you.
You will be ambushed by a group of Umber Hulks in this area, who have burrowed through the walls of the caves. Once you have offed them all, walk through one of the new passages to enter the Gnome Settlement.