Originally Posted by CatNZ
1) how did you get Thieve's Ring without noticing Ostrava standing right there? he's dressed in Gold armor and impossibly to miss if you went and got Thieve's Ring.
2) Ostrava is also impossible to miss in 1-4, just before meeting the False King. no matter if you've ever met him, or killed him previously etc... you have no choice but to encounter his BP form, before facing the False King.
and as MMDE already said, the Mausoleum Key is a guaranteed item no matter what happens. the only bonus of helping Ostrava through his little quests is the Pure Clearstone - which is farmable from 2-3's Crystal Lizard.
I swear, I dropped down and got the ring and no one was there. I did it after about 20 hours of game progress though. I didn't see him at all in 1-4 around the Blue dragon area. When I finally killed that dragon I just ran straight through and under him and fired arrows. I never saw this Ostrava guy. Or any phantom of any sort I am really confused.