|“||All dead, all rotten, a great battle long ago Elves, men and Orcses...||”|
–Gollum, The Two Towers
This means that remains blocks are often hard to get to, due to their tendency to spawn underwater, and the minor inconvenience that a marsh wraith will spawn and try to kill you if you step into the water.
Upon digging up a block of remains, the player gains the achievement "Worth the Risk?".
When dug with any type of shovel, remains will yield all sorts of loot. The exception to this is with shovels with the silken modifier, which yield the remains ore instead of the loot detailed below.
Remains will always yield these bones when dug up:
In addition to the items above, there is a chance of finding more valuable loot in the Dead Marshes:
Note: All of these percentages were obtained in-game by breaking 320 blocks. Actual drop rates may vary.
|ancient armour plate||1-2||37.19 %|
|ancient sword blade||1-2||17.19 %|
|ancient sword hilt||1-2||14.69 %|
|ancient sword tip||1-2||16.25%|
|skeleton skull||1-2||9.06 %|
|silver coin||1-16||5.63 %|
|silver nugget||1-6||8.75 %|
Like the lost souls of the water, remains is a remnant of a great battle here during the second age. The last alliance, led by Elendil and Gil-Galad, drove Sauron back through Middle-earth to Mordor. This resulted in many battles and the ruin of regions such as the Dead Marshes and Brown Lands.