Hostage Exchange is a side quest in Expeditions: Rome that doesn’t really have any main attachment to the overarching story. As a result, many players breeze through it without giving it a second thought.
The two key characters in this quest are Mithridates and Lucullus, who are debating over the fate of Cotta who’s being held by Mithridates… and there is an interesting interaction that many players might not have seen.
Expeditions Rome – Poisioning Mithridates In Hostage Exchange
To get the Hostage Exchange side quest, you need to have first completed the main quest “Whack the Mole”.
After completing the initial dialogue with both Mithridates and Lucullus, you are then directed to speak to Laomedontas.
At this point in the quest, if you obtained the poison from Julia (during the Whack the Mole quest) and also have the Pathos perk, you can convince Laomedontas to poison the wine.
Mithridates will then drink the wine, commenting on how it is “particularly interesting” and his “favorite vintage”.
Lucullus (who has been served non-poisoned wine) will then comment that his wine seems “quite ordinary” and asks to try Mithridates’ wine.
Mithridates declines to share the wine with Lucullus and then turns his attention towards you. He will then compliment you for being bold but then say “not all bold plans turn out well.” This insinuates that he knows that the wine has been poisoned but that he drank it anyway to show that it has no effect on him.
To further prove his point, he will then give you a “consolation prize”; an item that removes poison and grants 100% poison resistance for 2 turns.
Trying to poison him won’t affect the side quest in any way. You can still follow the normal path and have Lucullus take the deal for Cotta for 200 legionarii or 300 legionarii.
Terraria: Labor of Love | Shimmer Guide
One of the things that stand out in the Labor of Love Content is the Shimmer Liquid which has now become available early in the game.
In old versions of Terraria, the Shimmer liquid is part of the end game content. That means you will have access to it only when you’ve progressed further into the game.
In the Labor of Love content, the Aether Mini Biome is randomly spawned into the world and all you need to do is look for it.
Depending on how fast you can dig, you will be able to gain access to the Aether Mini Biome early in the game which opens up different item conversions which we will be discussing further on.
In this guide, we will show you the different uses for the Shimmer liquid in Terraria 1.4.4.
Labor of Love Shimmer Guide in Terraria
The shimmer liquid affects items in the game in different ways. Items that are crafted from different materials will sometimes disassemble when thrown into the liquid.
Throw items into the liquid to disassemble or upgrade existing items
Other items get upgraded to new versions of items exclusive in the latest update. Examples of this are the Life Crystal which turns into a vital crystal in the pool. This grants permanent regeneration boosts.
Another item is the Rod of discord. Throwing that into the pool will change it into a rod of Harmony where you can use the rod’s ability to teleport without suffering any debuff from use.
Try throwing different items to see their results
NPCs that fall into the liquid will change their appearances and if you fall into the pond, you will be sucked down and pass through blocks. Try to throw in different items and test out their results.