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Shadowed Book  

AC: 5
This item is placeable in yards, guild yards, houses and guild halls.
WT: 1.5 Size: MEDIUM
Class: NONE
Race: ALL
Item Lore:Summoned: Shadowed Book
Item Type:Misc
Lucy Entry By:Biny
Updated By:Sinyinae
Updated:Thu Oct 9th, 2008

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Rarity: Uncommon
Level to Attain: N/A

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Drops: This item is found on creatures.

CommonlandsInnothule SwampKithicor ForestLavastorm MountainsLesser FaydarkNektulos ForestPlane of Hate 2.0South Karana

Quests: This item is used in quests.
Temple of Solusek Ro

Item Lore: Summoned: Shadowed Book

Uploaded November 27th, 2008
Updated March 29th, 2011
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Shadowed book.
# Dec 31 2017 at 12:22 PM Rating: Decent
52 posts
It is very rare to get the book if you are meleeing the men as they don't drop the book if they hit you or your pet.

You have to kill them with spell damage without them getting within melee range, ie fear them and then dot them or get a high level that can kill them with one nuke. This way they drop the book nearly every time.
Old Wife trick - does work
# Jul 22 2016 at 5:49 PM Rating: Decent
I been camping shadowman camps from level 22 to 24 exclusively trying to get a book - read this and figured what did I have to lose? Killed a warrior, looted both weapons, snagged an enchanter who was kind enough to charm the next necro that popped, gave the necro shadowman the 2 weapons, had enchanter break charm, killed it, and there was the book and both weapons. Turned in the parts and got my Words of Darkness!
# Aug 05 2006 at 4:36 AM Rating: Decent
73 posts
In regards to the "Charm wives tale"....

I played a wizard in for 8 years and did the original ToSR quests when they went live. This rumour existed for the book and for the cone off clerics for a long time. I tried it multiple times back then and it never worked for the cone/wizard item.

Now that progression servers are live I learned my lesson and made the real caster class, a necro. Camped Nektulos, Lavastorm, South Karana, West Commons, and Kithicor in a cycle over and over for 6 hours without it ever dropping. I remembered the old "wives tale" and took two of the shadowed weapons I looted off a warrior. I charmed a necro shadowman with a book in hand with my enchanter 2box and handed both shadowed weapons to him. Hit hide key on enchanter to break charm and killed him with the necro. It dropped the book.

There must be truth to it. This was in Kithicor, which was not one of the "common drop" areas listed for book. Perhaps it HAS to be shadowed weapons and not trash weapons, or other factors but after 6 hours of porting all over the world, having the charm trick work first try has made me a believer.
# Mar 28 2011 at 8:46 PM Rating: Good
4,526 posts
58 kills in lfay. Then I started tracking by type of mob spawn (as some were posting that drops were mob-class specific... for some items.... perhaps):

62 additional kills in Lfay, 99 kills in Nektulos. No book drop, every other drop listed multiple times. Of the 219 mobs killed only 25 were necromancers.

If the shadowed book is a rare drop off the rarest of the spawns (icecream cone clerics 29/161, warriors 60/161, "monk" 42/161 --hopefully it all adds up) then not seeing it in 161 kills (+ the 58 before I started sorting) isn't really that surprising.

By the way, not certain the ones people call monks are monks... I never saw them do anything monkly --the just wield 2 handed swords, hammers, halberds or nothing and look invisible. They were also the only mob my 6 scythe drops came from. Rapiers only dropped from dual wielding warriors (16 dropped), everthing else seemed to not be limited by the class.

The kicker... on TLP today Nchantra heard I was looking for the book (she wanted the gloves for chanter quest) so she charmed a necro shadowed man, handed it 2 shadowed weapons, killed it and it had the book. She gave me the book, so I'm hugely grateful, but I just find the "charm trick" hard to believe as something they'd have in the game (and have kept in the game)...

Perhaps a high level chanter with some time to kill might spend an hour at one of these camps and see if the charm/weapon = book trick works multiple times. 4/4 getting book vs. 0/25 that I saw killing them would be hard to argue against.
# Sep 09 2015 at 8:53 AM Rating: Excellent
1,150 posts
I got my Ragefire Enchanter to 23 last night with the new charm (to level 35 mobs) and did this in South Karana. It took me three charms of Necro Shadowmen with Books (giving them two Shadowed Weapons, then breaking charm and killing them) to get a book. So three kills to get one book. But my friend and I had literally spent dozens of hours killing Shadowmen in various zones without seeing a book until last night so I would call like this myth "likely".

Edit: English!

Edited, Sep 9th 2015 8:01am by Felicite
# Jun 14 2006 at 6:57 AM Rating: Decent
52 posts
does this still drop??? been trying for it forever.its the last thing i need for quest.
____________________________ <<-- Atk is off by like 250
Still drop?
# Jul 27 2005 at 12:00 PM Rating: Decent
22 posts
I was wondering if this still the title indicates. I have killed shadowed men all the listed zones. I have killed a total of about 70 without seeing the book. Any help would be appreciated.

RE: Still drop?
# Sep 03 2005 at 11:55 PM Rating: Decent
38 posts
Tested this one today after also hearing rumours it didn't drop anymore. Got it on my first kill in South Karana at -4500, 3030, there were three shadowed men there and one was holding it and dropped it.
~Aryse Andenter~
<Hate> Zek
RE: Still drop?
# Aug 17 2005 at 4:39 AM Rating: Decent
6 posts
dropped today, August 17, 2005, in Nektulos
Drops in SK
# Jan 21 2004 at 2:53 PM Rating: Decent
139 posts
I was in South Karana, wrecking havoc on the Shadowed Men near Split Paw. I ran over and knocked out 6 Shadowed men who had all spawned there. Each on had a book. WTF? I have never seen this book drop off of the countless shadowed men I have killed, then 6 drop at the same time.

To bad I cant MQ this book for my necro, who's on the same account.
Sage Whazy Weemage, Holder of the Orb of Mastery, Grandmaster Brewer, Blessed of Brell
Druish Swiftfoot, Bearer of Nature Walkers Scimitar
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what is this book
# May 13 2001 at 1:59 PM Rating: Decent
6 posts
What is this book what does it mean by no class? That is just wierd' what is it spost to do?????
Hate drop just a filler?
# May 13 2001 at 6:15 AM Rating: Default
If you didn't know, killing the Evangelist of Hate makes the upstairs mobs above the safe spot shut up ("All hail Innoruuk, our Lord and Savior!!" or whatever) that almost lags you out if you have a piece of crap computer. I'm thinking the book is probably just there so that he has a drop instead of being a naked body. I really doubt a quest in Hate uses a book off shadowed men.

56 Preserver
Rallos Zek
RE: Hate drop just a filler?
# May 13 2001 at 10:00 AM Rating: Decent
18 posts
that's what we are thinking, it probably was just a convenient way of making him look like an evangelist. he may get itemized later to have something else nice.

and that's also why we killed him, haha - after killing the evangelist, the other (not yet cleared) second floor darkies stopped shouting. in my mind that's reward enough hehe =)

and i thought i had seen this book elsewhere! wierd to have it be the same as the ones the shadowed men (used to?) drop, for the necromancer tome quest noone seems to do. even with my rather nice unbuffed resistances, i've died by accidentally running by those stupid erudites in lake rathetear at over fiftieth level =/

charmian d`arxx, conjurer of the cimmerii, erollisi marr server
Quest still works
# May 11 2001 at 11:08 AM Rating: Default
I did it about a week ago. The erudites in Lake Rathe are fubared of course. The 50ish wizard assists the mid 20s mage when she's attacked (they both hit for about 120 melee though...).

I pulled them both out and took a dirt nap to get the wizard away (he didn't return til well after I had killed Cyanella and gotten my book). I then killed the icy goblin in perma (book dropped first try), and tried the "push the book into the inventory" trick on the shadowmen which works maybe 1 out of 10 times. Took those 3 items and my 300gp to the npc in soltemple and got words of darkness.

Strange note is that indeed, the evangelist of hate from the second floor of hate does drop a shadowed book. Why? I have no idea. Maybe there's quests in hate? I've been healed through the wall by some of the unique SK mobs on the second floor (via dark empathy).
It's for Words of Darkness Quest
# May 11 2001 at 8:57 AM Rating: Decent
10 posts
A Shadowed Book is needed for the NEcromancer "Word of Darkness" quest in the temple of Solusek Ro.

The book is dropped off of shadowmen, or was when that quest came out. Maybe the quest reward had changed (you used to get a +45 Mana Effect: Allure of Death) book from the quest.

But they nerfed it by uberin' up the mobs in Lake Rathe tear to upper 40's, low 50's in level (The Erudites on the island). I'm not exactly sure of their level, I just know they are waaay out of the range of the supposed level for doing this quest.

If the reward for the "Book of Darkness" quest has improved over that +45 mana, Allure of Death book, maybe I'll try it again.

+100 Mana Effect: Dead Man Floating would be very nice <veg>
-Draygar Stormbow
Guardian of the Glade
54th Ranger of "Lodestar"
Zebuxoruk Server
Somebody read it ?
# May 11 2001 at 6:07 AM Rating: Decent
9 posts
Which language ?
Which content ?

Seems to be for a Necro quest beginning in Temple Sol Ro. Quest given by Vurgo.
Rogue ~ Armonia ~ Karana Server
# May 10 2001 at 8:44 PM Rating: Default
Drops off of the Evangelist of Innoruuk.
Plane of Hate
# May 10 2001 at 6:01 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
We got this after the server patch on Tuesday. Mob was Cleric of Innoruuk style, from 2nd floor. Book shows on the mob carrying it.
We had no clue what it was for, and as its NO RENT. It decayed when PoH crashed on use an hour later :\

Gilimi Silverwing
58 Myrmidon, Guardians of Light
RE: Plane of Hate
# May 10 2001 at 8:30 PM Rating: Good
18 posts
we did too a week ago or so. it was a big cleric of innoruuk, second floor, named 'an evangelist of hate'.. yellow to 55. that's *all* he dropped. and it did show as an open book.

charmian d`arxx, conjurer of the cimmerii, erollisi marr server
almost a shield
# May 10 2001 at 5:57 PM Rating: Default
20 posts
well ... 5ac ... NICE =)
shadowed men item?
# May 10 2001 at 5:34 PM Rating: Good
is this just some shadowed men item that hadnt made it on the list yet?
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