How to Find the Ailing Village
The Ailing Village is a small settlement located atop a plateau just east of center on the Weeping Peninsula. To reach it, make your way west from the Castle Morne Rampart Site of Grace and follow a trail uphill until you see a building. Just before this building turn north and continue uphill past the Callu Baptismal Church - the village is just north of this church.
Best Loot in the Ailing Village
|Flame Crest Wooden Shield||Loot a corpse inside a house.|
|Lightning Strike||Descend a ravine southwest of the Ailing Village and kill a scarab.|
Enemies in the Ailing Village
|Frenzied Villager||Glass Shard, Weathered Straight Sword, Yellow Ember||-|
|Giant Bat||Golden Rune (1)||-|
|Rat||Golden Rune (1), Rune Arc||-|
How to Complete the Ailing Village
As you approach the village, be wary of the Rats lurking in the forest. Some will hide in foliage in an attempt to ambush you, others are scuttling around opportunistically. Unlike other Rats you may have encountered, these ones can inflict madness buildup. While improbable, if you sustain enough madness buildup you’ll be afflicted with the madness debuff, which damages your HP and FP. At this point in the game, it’s not too likely that you’ll end up with a full madness bar, but it’s still worth being wary of. It’s also worth noting the glowing yellow eyes of the inhabitants of this region - a clear sign that madness affliction is at play.
Just west of the village, near the cliffs, you can find a campfire where two spear-armed Frenzied Villagers can be found. Another pair can be found outside of the Callu Baptismal Church, south of the village.
As should be expected, however, the majority of your enemies await you in the village itself, where you’ll find around a half dozen Frenzied Villagers. Despite being caught in the throes of madness - or perhaps because of it - most of the villagers are caught in a rictus of reverent agony, and will remain in such a state unless approached. If you’re strong enough, or if you manage to backstab them, you can likely eliminate all the villagers without getting into a real fight. Not that the villagers are all that dangerous in a fight; they’re capable of slashing or stabbing with their swords or spears and they can also shoot flames from their eyes, inflicting damage and madness buildup.
Defeat the villagers, then search a house to the north of their grisly, burning trophy to find a corpse you can plunder for a Flame Crest Wooden Shield.
That’s technically the only noteworthy loot in this area, but you may as well hit the Callu Baptismal Church to the south. You can also head southwest of the village to find a ravine, at the bottom of which lies the Morne Tunnel dungeon. You can’t easily reach this dungeon from here, but if you descend some gravestones sticking out of the cliffs you’ll reach an area covered with Fulgurbloom plants, which draw lightning strikes. The lightning is an environmental hazard you’ll need to avoid, but worse are the Giant Bats that dwell here. Seek out a scarab and kill it to obtain the Lightning Strike Incantation.