Traitor to the Validus Custodus  

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Rating:
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Time:1 hour
Level:50
Maximum Level:115
Monster Mission:No
Repeatable:Yes
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Experience
  • Faction
  • Loot
Faction Required:
Validus Custodus (Min: Amiable)
Factions Raised:
Factions Lowered:
Quest Items:
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Era:Shadows of Luclin
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Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
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Entered: Tue Aug 27 22:23:19 2002
Modified: Sun Jul 21 00:06:24 2019
This quest starts in Twilight Sea. You must be amiable or better faction with Validus Custodus for Legionnaire Halle to acknowledge you as worthy of the quest.

Legionnaire Halle can be found laying in the water just barely off the shore to the right of the Katta Castle entrance in Twilight Sea. She seems to be a rather long spawn (I kept checking up on her in a 12 hour span and never saw her respawn), but her spawn point is near -980,-1800.


You say, 'Hail, Legionnaire Halle'

Legionnaire Halle coughs a few times and reaches out to you, 'Please help me.'

You say, 'I will help.'

Legionnaire Halle reaches out and puts something in your hand, 'Find Magistrate Phenic, he is the only one that I know I can trust.' With a look of someone who has left unfinished business behind her, Halle lets go and dies.

You should at this point find a Water-stained note in your inventory.

Go find Phenic Dionicas. He's in the castle to the left of the Tenebrous Mountains zone. Approximate location is 200,-20, on the second floor.


You say, 'Hail, Phenic Dionicas'

Phenic Dionicas says 'Greetings adventurer. I am Phenic Dionicas, Magistrate of the Loyalist Combine Empire. I hope the [vampyres] did not cause you troubles on your journey here.'

Hand him the note (Warning: Dubious faction is not good enough).

Phenic Dionicas says 'I was afraid of this. I do not know how much Halle managed to tell you, but we have had our suspicions about one of the Legionnaires ever since she overheard him talking in his sleep. She was
meant to get close to him, I guess she found something out... I should have been more careful! Take this to Governor Markil, it concerns his men and I've no doubt he can handle it. Thank you much for your help.'

Your faction standing with Concilium Universus got better.
Your faction standing with Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Heart of Seru has been adjusted by -1.
You gain experience!!

You should receive a Sealed Message.

Markil Jurbac is in the same building, but on the first floor. He is found inside one of the rooms at location 130,10.


You say, 'Hail, Markil Jurbac'

Markil Jurbac says 'Greetings, ______. I am Governor Markil Jurbac. It is my primary duty to uphold the law in Katta Castellum. How may I be of assistance to you?'

Hand him the scroll.

Markil Jurbac lowers his head and mourns the loss of Halle. 'Tis the greatest shame of all when good people are lost to the most cowardly of deeds. I will seek Governor Tilbok's council in this matter... I have never been able to wrap my head around this kind of treachery and he may very well have more information. Give this dossier to Tilbok, it has all of the information he will need.'

Your faction standing with Validus Custodus got better.
Your faction standing with Katta Castellum Citizens has been adjusted by 1.
Your faction standing with Magus Conlegium got better.
Your faction standing with Nathyn Illuminious has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Coterie of the Eternal Night has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Hand of Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Eye of Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Hand Legionnaries has been adjusted by -1.
You gain experience!!

You receive Dossier: Case 3463827.

Tilbok can be found in a building quite some ways away, a tall, castle-like building with stairs leading up into it. It's right across from the smithing shop. Tilbok's location is -143,-1973. He's on the second floor.


You say, 'Hail, Tilbok Furrunner'

Tilbok Furrunner says 'Hello there, ______. Pleasure to meet you, I am
Governor Tilbok Furrunner. I am tasked with the gathering and security of information for the Concilium Universus, the ruling council of our fine city.'

Hand him the book.

Tilbok Furrunner reads through the dossier and then looks at you, eyebrow raised curiously, 'look at the mess you have gotten yourself in the middle of,' he says with a chuckle, while beginning to jot a note. 'Here take this and...' he stops midsentence. 'I guess I haven't even given you the chance to say whether or not you want to help. Would you like to see this through to the end?'

You receive Field Orders.

Your faction standing with Validus Custodus got better.
Your faction standing with Katta Castellum Citizens has been adjusted by 1.
Your faction standing with Magus Conlegium got better.
Your faction standing with Nathyn Illuminious has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Coterie of the Eternal Night has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Hand of Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Eye of Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Hand Legionnaries has been adjusted by -1.
You gain experience!!

You say, 'I will help.'

Tilbok Furrunner says 'Excellent. Find Claudius and give that to him- it's gibberish but he and his new friends won't know that now will they? We have been watching someone named Vahn enter the city under the guise of a trader. We know he works for Seru, but we were not sure what he was doing here, so we let him be- trouble was he kept giving us the slip passing through the tunnels. Looks now like we may have found a connection. The plan sounds complicated and I don't want to confuse you, but if you stick with me it will all go just fine. You with me so far, ______.'

He hands you a Recording Stone.

You say, 'I'm with you.'

Tilbok Furrunner says 'OK, now you follow Claudius but not so closely that he can see you. Keep this stone on you, it is imbued with the power to record anything spoken within a certain distance and will be a great asset to us when this is all said and done. If Claudius does meet up with Vahn, I want you to walk right up to him and say, 'traitor to the Validus Custodus' and do it quickly- they won't give you much time. That should rattle him a bit and it will be the signal for my men to come in and take care of them. After the arrest, just give that recording stone to Condor. Best of luck to you, _______.'

You say, 'Where is Claudius?'

Tilbok Furrunner says 'Claudius is a bit of a lazy sod anyway. If he ain't asleep in a bunk downstairs right now, you can bet your undergarments he will be soon.'

Now, go back down stairs. There's four barrack rooms. You can find him asleep on a bed at location 100,-2100.

Hand him the scroll ONLY. The gem will go to Condor at the end of the quest.


Legionnaire Claudius says 'Huh? What? Oh, umm, let's see here... OK I best get these taken care of right away. Thank you.'

Your faction standing with Validus Custodus got better.
Your faction standing with Katta Castellum Citizens has been adjusted by 1.
Your faction standing with Magus Conlegium got better.
Your faction standing with Nathyn Illuminious has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Coterie of the Eternal Night has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Hand of Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Eye of Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Hand Legionnaries has been adjusted by -1.
You gain experience!!

You will follow Claudius all the way down to where the bank is. He will walk around to the back and Vahn will spawn. Once this occurs, walk up and say "traitor to the Validus Custodus" and this will trigger a small skirmish.

Vahn steps out of the shadows as though appearing out of thin air.

You say, 'Traitor to the Validus Custodus'

Condor shouts 'Behind the Nectar of Unity man!! Surround them!!'

Legionnaire says 'For the good of the empire you shall be punished for you crimes!'

Vahn says 'You will not take me alive!!!'

Condor says 'You would be best served to yield, I warn you.'

Legionnaire Claudius says 'I have been discovered! You should have left well enough alone!!!'

Three guards will jump on Vahn, while an Elf by the name of Condor will jump on Claudius. Both of these conned blue to me at 52. Be warned, while Claudius isn't too bad.. Vahn is a MONSTER! This halfling hits very fast, and very hard. Neither cast however. All you need to do here is make sure Condor LIVES. If worse comes to worse, training Vahn and Claudius to the guards will get them killed. As long as Condor lives, you can complete the quest. But you MUST help the guards. The first time I tried this, Vahn killed all three of the guards by himself without breaking a sweat. I recommend having a couple high level friends with you if possible.

After the fight is won, hand the gem you recieved to Condor.


Your faction standing with Validus Custodus got better.
Your faction standing with Katta Castellum Citizens has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Magus Conlegium got better.
Your faction standing with Nathyn Illuminious has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Coterie of the Eternal Night has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Hand of Seru has been adjusted by -2.
Your faction standing with Eye of Seru has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Hand Legionnaries has been adjusted by -1.
You gain experience!!

Condor says, 'Perfect, this should give us some idea of what they may or may not know,' as he puts the stone in his belt pouch. ' Very well done my friend, have you ever considered a career in espionage? Take this, I have little need for it these days- Tilbok will know how to recharge it,' he says with a wry grin before disappearing back into the shadows.

This relatively easy quest nets you a Mask of Espionage.
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# Aug 10 2013 at 1:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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You need amiable or better faction with Validus Custodus to do this quest
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# Jan 18 2011 at 5:52 AM Rating: Good
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Legionnaire Halle when you encounter her in the Twilight Sea gives you a Water-stained note.

When you turn in the Water-stained note to Phenic Dionicas in Katta Castellum he gives you a Sealed Message. The item lore for this item when identified says:- This item appears to be written in Common Tongue. Item Lore: for Markil's eyes only.

If you right click the Sealed Message to read it, it says "We have lost Halle, but her insticts have proven true. Do what you must. Contact Governor Tilbok if need be... and be cautious. - Phenic"

Handing in a Sealed Message to Markil Jurbac results in him giving you:- Dossier: Case 3463827

Dossier: Case 3463827 when identified shows the following:- Item Lore: Crimes against Katta Castellum.

Handing in Dossier: Case 3463827 to Tilbok Furrunner results in him giving you two items

Recording Stone (looks like a red gem), when identified it shows:- Item Lore: Magical Audio Properties.

Field Orders (looks like a scroll), when identified it shows:- Item Lore: Secure personnel only.

EDIT: Some additional notes. I had no problem getting any of the Quest NPC's to respond to me. I was considered "Warmly by them"

Once Legionnaire Claudius reaches the rear of the Bank he instantly depops from an unarmed version to an armed version so target him once you see him with weapons, then say Traitor to the Validus Custodus

Vahn will have also popped at this point - Legionnaire Claudius faces him. Kill both Vahn and Claudus - if you do more damage than the Guards Vahn's corpse will not disappear and you should find you can loot a Dagger of the Eye from him.

Lastly once you have your Mask of Espionage (which is tradeable by the way), you can recharge it by simply handing it to Tilbok Furrunner in Katta Castellum. Once you hand it to him he says the following:-

Tilbok Furrunner says 'I see you've spoken with Condor, and no doubt he told you I can recharge this for you. Well, it's true, but don't go around telling everyone. It's not something I like to make public, you know. Keep up the good work, though, we all appreciate it around here.'

You gain party experience!!

Edited, Jan 18th 2011 8:41am by TorrinTook
Some more info
# Nov 22 2004 at 1:56 PM Rating: Decent
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I just completed the quest last night with the help of some guildies, so I wanted to share our experience.

I'm a level 50 warrior and I did the quest with the help of a 45 druid and a 65 bard.

First, though, since I started out indifferent to Validus Custodus, I had to kill about 100 Seru guards in Marus Seru. I tried starting the quest as soon as I became amiable to Validus Custodus but my faction wasn't high enough. After killing some more Seru guards I was still amiable but could complete the quest.

After you give the field orders to Claudius, he takes forever to walk down to behind the bank to meet his Seru buddy. You don't have to be discrete when following him either.

When he gets there, I actually had to *target* Claudius and say 'traitor to the Validus Custodus' to start the action.

Vahn was mezzable by our 65 bard. Since she was all the way up to 65, I don't know how high you have to be before you can mez him. While Vahn was mezzed, the Katta guards left him alone.

Vahn and Claudius hit hard. They would make quick of you work if you are a caster in your 40's. Even as a 50 warrior, I needed a heal break after killing Claudius before I engaged Vahn.

Aggroing Vahn and Claudius is easy. If you give them any reason to, they will aggro on you instead of on Condor.

Condor may actually heal you a few times. I think he threw three 300pt heals on me.

If you train Vahn to other guards, they will help. The guards didn't help with Claudius though.

I think Vahn carries 2 of those 16 delay daggers. The 65 bard kept Vahn mezzed while I used diarm. The 12th or 13th disarm attempt was successful (my disarm skill is at 200) and he dropped one of the 16 delay daggers! Unfortunately the dagger fell to his feet and I couldn't pick it up, so when we moved him off to pick up the dagger, the guards started attacking him and we didn't get a chance to disarm the other dagger before he died. He instantly faded away with the dagger in his off-hand when he died so you do have to disarm the dagger if you want it.

After the fight I wanted to do the quest again. I waited around for Legionairre Halle (the dying NPC in Twilight Sea) to re-pop from 24 hours earlier but she didn't re-pop. Either she's on a spawn timer less than 24 hours and someone else started the quest before I came back, or she's on a spawn timer greater than 24 hours. I logged into the game about 32 hours after I got the note from Halle the first time and she was back.
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# Nov 24 2004 at 10:46 AM Rating: Decent
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... and we just did the quest again twice, this time with a 45 druid, 47 pally, and 50 warrior (me). The druid was able to lead Claudius away from the action and keep him rooted and dotted while the pally and I fought Vahn near Condor and the guards. Condor threw some heals on me as did our pally.

Then, at our leisure, we took out Claudius.

Each time we fought Vahn, disarm worked and we got one of those 16dly daggers.

We noticed one interesting thing about Claudius (probably only interesting if you're interested in the game mechanics). When we began following Claudius, he was green to me and was probably a regular Legionnaire with faction and everything. When I said the traitor phrase to kick off the fight, the game switched out Claudius for another Claudius that was DB to me, hated me, and gave no faction hit when we killed him.

Edited, Wed Nov 24 10:48:11 2004
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# Sep 21 2004 at 7:30 AM Rating: Decent
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Has these armor quests been updated to include the berserker class? Anyone know?
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# Jul 12 2004 at 9:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Solo'd this quest with my 65 Rogue. Had 4963HP, 1406ATK, 1318AC, and 30% self haste. Kept the fight behind the bank since so many NPCs jumped in to help. Used Counter Attack disc on Vahn (whom the guards helped me attack) and just solo'd Claudius (whom the guards did not help on).
Claudius walks the whole way from upstairs down to the bank and stops centered behind the bank. The Legionnaires that come to aid spawn same time Vahn is engaged. Vahn spawed in a lil nook directly behind the bank. Vahn hit me for around 80-133 but I have a few defensive AAs. Fight took me down to 73% health.
Now my Paly can self invis easier and free up some slots no longer needed to hold Cloudy Potions.
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spawn timer
# Apr 28 2004 at 9:30 PM Rating: Decent
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anyone know the actual spawn timer or Legionnaire Halle?
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It is rechargeable
# Jul 22 2003 at 10:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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I handed mask to Tilbok after using up one charge and he handed it back with full 5 charges. My faction with Tilbok was Kindly. And rest of katta Ally. This is perhaps the best item I have ever quested as a warrior having rechargable invis is priceless. Also I got the dagger of the eye from Vahn only because I disarmed him during the fight i was unable to disarm Claudius so I dont know what his axe is.

Dagger of the Eye 5dmg 16 dly 3str 2 dex 20hps war rng shd brd rog nec mage wiz ench usable and lore not fantastic by any means but I guess kinda cool since you have to disarm him to get it.

Vahn hit my warrior for average of 80-100dmg got him slowed 50% with tod early and he only took me down to 75% never had to heal myself with druid.

Claudius was near dead Condor could have probably soloed him.

65 warrior was buffed with 62 druid buffs and ds had about 6600hps for the fight easy fight Vahn is by no means a demon
Mask is Dropped too!
# Mar 09 2003 at 11:23 AM Rating: Default
You know this mask is dropped too, right? I got it a LONG time ago, before luclin came out! It is dropped semi-rarely off of Shadowed Men in South Karana near Lake Rathe. I have gotten it, gave it to my monk, got it again, gave to rogue, got again, gave to mule, and just kept getting it til no more characters could hold it. I still have it drop to this day when I go there for fun (shadowed men there killed me when i was young, so now i seek revenge at every chance)
RE: Mask is Dropped too!
# Mar 13 2003 at 4:35 PM Rating: Good
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> You know this mask is dropped too, right?

Incorrect.

It did used to drop, but doesn't anymore (and hasn't for ages).

As yourself said, you got it a long time ago.

If you want one now, you have to quest it.
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# Jan 19 2003 at 3:08 AM Rating: Good
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Very easy for lvl 65 paladin to solo.

I jumped on Vahn so the guards wouldnt die and they provided me with extra DPS.

I just used Stun and Force of Akilae for damage mitigation (he is green con but still hits for up to 133 a few times, and fast...).
I used Celestial Cleansing and a few casts of Light of Nife (867 hp heal in 1 second...I have Healing Adept 1).
He has quite a bit of hp.

I am warmly to Validus Custodus.

Later I will see about recharging when used up.

By the time I am done waiting for Valdanov Zevfeer, I just might be ally.
Perhaps that will make a difference IF the recharge portion isnt bugged / incomplete.

Condor seemed to do quite well on his own.
He even came to one of my guards and did some healing.
After Vahn went down it was 5 against 1 :)

If they do drop stuff I didnt get anything.
Both poofed on death. I guess the guards got the kill.




Edited, Sun Jan 19 02:45:58 2003
recharging this with a mana battery??
# Dec 19 2002 at 3:07 PM Rating: Decent
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Yo.

has any1 attempted to try this yet??




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Recharges? we don't need no stinkin' recharges!
# Sep 12 2002 at 2:45 AM Rating: Decent
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okay.. did the quest, took 30min approx. went running back up to tilbok b/c I wanted to make sure mask could be recharged. used up all the charges on it, gave it to him, and he hands it back. tried phrase after phrase, nothing. by now, i'm starting to think condor is a friggin liar. as for faction, the person that did the quest was amiable, i was indiff (although I was able to get the "ruby" gem thing w/o being amiable), and she couldn't get the recharges either. any suggestions? quest is easy enough to do over and over, just the respawn time is killer.

Recharges? we don't need no stinkin' recharges!
# Sep 12 2002 at 2:44 AM Rating: Decent
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okay.. did the quest, took 30min approx. went running back up to tilbok b/c I wanted to make sure mask could be recharged. used up all the charges on it, gave it to him, and he hands it back. tried phrase after phrase, nothing. by now, i'm starting to think condor is a friggin liar. as for faction, the person that did the quest was amiable, i was indiff (although I was able to get the "ruby" gem thing w/o being amiable), and she couldn't get the recharges either. any suggestions? quest is easy enough to do over and over, just the respawn time is killer.

Fruggin Easy
# Sep 10 2002 at 3:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I just completed this quest solo at 55 pally and took no dmg.... i just trained the guys to the gaurds and condor + 3 gaurds killed both vahn and claudius,lol too easy.


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# Aug 27 2002 at 10:25 AM Rating: Decent
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Quest was fairly easy to solo at 55. The best way that I could think of to get Claudius off of Condor was charming him a couple of times.. sufficed to say Claudius completley forgot about the elf. After that I just chanted (Fufil/Chant of Frost/Chant of Flame) Vahn to death, and then did the same to Claudius. Vahn dropped Dagger of The Eye 5/16 some stats, and a superior combine dagger wich was nice vendor garbage. Cladius dropped a two handed sword (5pp, and some small change), and a dented helmet I think it was called.
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# Aug 23 2002 at 11:28 PM Rating: Default
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Just did it with Amiable faction and got mask. You need to be really high amiable to do it.
Ally
# Jul 21 2002 at 9:48 AM Rating: Default
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Okay, did the quest and had to be ally. Now how to recharge it???
Recharge the mask
# May 24 2002 at 4:52 PM Rating: Default
I'm ally to Tilbok, still no recharged mask on hand in. Broken maybe?
Recharging
# Apr 24 2002 at 11:40 PM Rating: Default
I turned in the mask for a recharge after trying several phrases and had it eaten. I have low to mid kindly faction with Tilbok, and it didn't seem to be enough
#Anonymous, Posted: Mar 19 2002 at 1:15 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Has anyone tried to recharge the Mask yet?
Easy as pie!!
# Feb 17 2002 at 9:48 PM Rating: Decent
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I just did this quest in about 20 min. It was all real easy, up to the point where the legos go after Vahn..he does waste them fast, but the good thing is that Condor sticks with Claudous and wipes him out on his own. Just make sure to get Vahn after he kills the last lego and train him to the others near the tunnel. I slowed Vahn with my song and then the others wasted him. Turned in the gem and got the mask. Fun and easy quest. I will post when I see what I need to do to recharge it.

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RE: Easy as pie!!
# Feb 19 2002 at 4:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Well..I thought it was so easy that I gave the mask to a friend. Now I can't seem to find Lego Halle again. I have checked for her several times and she isn't there. Does she despawn if noone starts the quest? I don't feel like camping here as it could be a long wait. Just wondering if anyone knows the spawn time.

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Recharging the mask
# Feb 14 2002 at 4:11 AM Rating: Default
Do you just hand it to Tilbok (with high enough faction) to get it recharged?
faction
# Jan 30 2002 at 4:58 PM Rating: Default
Got note from Halle, but at 2nd leg of quest, didn't have proper faction. "I will do nothing to aid creatures like you"

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#Anonymous, Posted: Jan 28 2002 at 8:22 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) This mask is no longer dropped by Shadowmen according to link concerning the mask.
#Anonymous, Posted: Jan 28 2002 at 1:38 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) don't do this quest it'll waste ur time, these masks also drop off of shadow men if you just wanna go kill them then u can get a mask from them
Amiable Faction
# Jan 26 2002 at 4:16 AM Rating: Excellent
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Just having amiable faction isn't enough to start this quest. I tried with 2 characters today, both of whom were amiable to Halle, and Halle wouldn't give either the note. The 2nd character I tried with, later cast Collaboration (faction boost) to raise her faction higher and was then able to get the note. She was still amiable after casting Collaboration. So you must have "HIGH" amiable to do this quest. Not just amiable.
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