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|This quest begins with Aqaar Aluram, located at -1460, +1046 in a camp with Eleann Morkul and Spanner Scrapsnatcher on the edge of a hillside...
You say, 'Hail, Aqaar Aluram'
Aqaar Aluram says 'Hail, traveler. May I assist you with something, or are you just passing through?'
You say, 'i'm just passing through'
Aqaar Aluram says 'Very well, friend. Please take care when passing beyond the river to the east. Several researchers and their mercenary escort passed through our camp en route to the temple. That was last week and they have yet to return. We are holding off on our expedition until we can learn more about what happened to them.'
You say, 'What temple?'
Aqaar Aluram says 'The temple of the lizardmen. The lost temple of Cazic-thule. It's just to the east of here... across the river.'
You say, 'What expedition?'
Aqaar Aluram says 'Several weeks ago, I received the news from M'lady Morkul that the Academy was researching this temple. It had been years since I last visited this site, so naturally I was interested. Of course, that was before we set camp in this accursed place. I must be honest; I was quite ready to leave after our first night here.'
You say, 'What first night?'
Aqaar Aluram says 'After securing the site, we set sentinels to alert us to any patrols or prying jungle eyes. Unfortunately, our magic did little to provide us with a night's rest that eve. The incessant sound of drums and the screams from within the temple had little regard for our lack of rest and already nervous disposition. Several times during the course of my slumber that night, I was taunted by foul visions of an unnatural sort.'
You say, 'What visions?'
Aqaar Aluram says 'My mind was filled with images of grotesque rituals. The lizards that inhabit that place were gathered around magical portals, chanting in a tongue too wretched to recall. As they spoke and danced, the denizens of some horrid void were pouring from the shimmering rifts! I awoke to find the others in the same state of horror! When I gathered my senses, I noticed that all of our equipment has been covered in some sort of black ooze, though our sentinels displayed no signs of having been triggered.'
You say, 'What black ooze?'
Aqaar Aluram says 'I really cannot recall much about the ooze. We have noticed that our memories seem to be affected by this place as well. I know that the ooze was present when we awoke, but it seemed to have been absorbed into the ground. It moved on its own volition. That is all that I can recall'
You say, 'What happened to the others?'
Aqaar Aluram says 'There was a story that floated about when I was a student. In summary, there was a tome of similar nature to the Phobonomicon. An ambitious mage recovered the tome from the possession of several faceless creatures in the Abysmal Sea. This mage reportedly went quite insane. The story claims that his last act of madness was to cast the tome into a living rift of matter. The rift then opened and released a creature of an unspeakable nature. This cured the mage of his problems... for good. That is why you should return all items of that sort to me.'
You say, 'What phobonomicon?'
Aqaar Aluram says 'A Phobonomicon, book of fear, is rumored to be creatable through the use of rituals and tools too disturbing to describe. Once the ritual or process is complete, the book will begin to take on its own... life, for lack of a better word. The book of fear is capable of unthinkable magic. Watch yourself, should you stumble into such a tome.'
To create the Phobonomicon, you need to collect the following items in Cazic Thule:
- Crude Bone Altar (container from "a Thulian High Ritualist" at the top of the northeastern pyramid)
- Black Powdered Incense (dropped by "a Thul Tae Ew judicator" in the Avatar pyramid)
- Flesh Bound Tome (dropped by "a Thul Tae Ew lifestealer" in the temple area)
- Tear Encrusted Obsidian Quill (rare drop from Thul Tae Ew bloodcallers, defenders, justicars, and zealots in the pyramid area)
- Black Ooze Phylactery (dropped by "a pool of black ooze", common spawn upon death of Thul Tae Ew lizardmen mobs)
The Flesh Bound Tome is written in Lizardman, and reads:
Like the mist that rolls through the jungles, the screams of the soft and terrified will fill the fields and hills of this land.
-=The voids shall open=-
Primordial memories of things that rest in the darkness of ancient voids will force the screaming souls to look towards the Faceless for an end.
His will shall fill their minds like the mist the rolls through the jungle.
-=This is the instrument of gathering=-
The black ichor of the Faceless brings life to its pages.
Dark smoke pours from the alter, like fear from the weak.
A quill desecrated in terror will inscribe the summoning words.
The bones of the alter cast shadows of things to come in this ceremony of ancient rites.
When combined, the summoning shall ensue.
When cast into the living void, the Phobonomicon shall pull from the coldest void of Fear, an ancient horror of an age forced from the memory by terror.
Thul Tae Ew, the reign of blood will begin.
When you combine the ooze, quill, incense, and tome together in the crude bone altar, it produces a "Phobonomicon of Thul Tae Ew". The Phobonomicon can either be handed in to Aqaal Aluram or turned in to the living void on the top of the northeastern pyramid.
If you hand in the phobonomicon to Aqaal Aluram, you receive the Medallion of the Arcane Scientists:
Aqaar Aluram says 'Thank you for returning this to us. I'll secure it until it can be returned for analysis. Please take this as a sign of my appreciation.'
You gain party experience!!
You receive 1 platinum from Aqaar Aluram.
If, instead, you give the phobonomicon to the living void, it summons a horror construct:
A loud explosion sends ripples of energy through the air! Matter seems to lose its substance, but quickly solidifies. A shriek fills your ears, followed by the pounding sound of drums!
The horror construct spawns on top of the pyramid. It's rooted in place; hits for a max ~600; and casts "Vortex of Horror" (AE knockback) and "Horrific Force" (another strong knockback). Levitation effects are recommended for this encounter.
The construct's loot table (drops 4 items per kill):
Amygdalan's Chain Mask
Book of Unspeakable Fear
Earring of Silent Screams
Horror Shard Blade
Loathsome Bludgeon of Depravity
Medallion of the Arcane Scientists
Thulian Visage of Horror
Untouchable Tome of Lunacy
Wailing Bone Mace
Wailing Bone Shield
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