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About amount of firesand to use- I was running this quest recently and originaly the page had:

"Only the thinnest layer of snow covers the ground here..." - A pinch of firesand
"A fair quantity of snow" - Fill the mine halfway with firesand.
"The large deposits of snow here seem ready to give way at any moment..." - Overflowing with firesand.

After a few failures I noticed the quest giver actually says to use more firesand for areas with less snow and less firesand for areas with more snow. So I attempted the following pattern:

"Only the thinnest layer of snow covers the ground here..." - Overflowing with firesand.
"A fair quantity of snow" - Fill the mine halfway with firesand.
"The large deposits of snow here seem ready to give way at any moment..." - A pinch of firesand

This seemed to work better at first, but after running into 4 failures in a row (all saying the explosion was too strong), I tried :

"Only the thinnest layer of snow covers the ground here..." - filled to the brim.
"A fair quantity of snow" - Fill the mine halfway with firesand.
"The large deposits of snow here seem ready to give way at any moment..." - A pinch of firesand

This worked much better, out of 9 runs, only 1 failure, so I decided to change it once more to:

"Only the thinnest layer of snow covers the ground here..." - filled to the brim.
"A fair quantity of snow" - Fill the mine halfway with firesand.
"The large deposits of snow here seem ready to give way at any moment..." - a small lump

So far I haven't had a failed run (6 runs so far), if anyone else wants to share their experiences with any of these patterns please feel free to add.


Did this 10 times without failing using the:
thinnest - filled to the brim
fair amount - filled halfway
large deposits - small lump



Did this quest today for about 8 hours non-stop, following the instructions on the main page. Got a "perfect explosion" every time. At the end of my run I had acquired: 7 sylvan seals, 5 mavi seals, 5 ferine seals, 4 orison seals and 2 raider's seals. ~Isynual, Kujata 6/3/11 01:51


While doing this quest I accidentally set an "overflowing" subniveal mine on a "large deposit." (spamming confirm key :3) Decided to just select the first option for each since it was going to be a failure anyway, but was "right on the mark." The following deposits/mines were "large" with "small lump" and the last one was "thinnest layer" with "a pinch." So they didn't really match up with the guide, but I still succeeded and managed to get a THF body seal; but I still suggest using the guide on the main page. Just thought I should share that. --Shashu, Cerberus 7/30/11 20:12

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