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|You say, 'Hail, Tisthal Gimblecranz'
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'Diggity dreams! Are you real? Seeing you so reminds me of the lands far above me -- lands I will likely never see again. There is too much work to do here. For example, I'm doing some very interesting studies on dead drachnids. You see, they have this strange ability to use the skins of their victims to take the form of that victim -- I call it 'skinwalking.' I used to know an enchanter by the name of Binzelfal that could use illusions to change his form, but this is much, much different. I need to learn more but have run into a [problem].'
You say, 'What problem?'
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'The only skinwalkers I have encountered are, well, dead as dirt! This is a problem because death appears to destroy all
enchantments and [preparations] made to the skin that allowed the skinwalking.'
You say, 'What preparations?'
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'Are you thick or what? I just explained why I don't know. Sheesh. I see Norrathians have gotten no smarter since my departure. Now, listen this time. The skins from the dead skinwalkers have been absolutely no help at all. Get me? I'm sure if I could [gather some skins] that have not been used to skinwalk I could make some leaps in
my studies. Well, hops maybe -- my joints are rusty. Tee hee! I still have my wit even as a tin can . . . Anyway, back to what I was saying. There are likely some [other aspects] involved in using the skins as well.'
You say, 'What other aspects?'
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'It's my contention that the drachnids are not familiar enough with other races to perfectly impersonate them. They must study the race or have some sort of training. I've been itching to discover where they pick up that knowledge -- or maybe it's just that rust build-up. Ha ha! I did it again. Funny, huh? Where was I? Oh right. Could I get you to [venture] into the hive and see what you can find out for me? If the skinwalkers aren't eliminated, or at least reduced in numbers, their actions could cause disasters beyond your small imagination.'
You say, 'I will venture into the hive.'
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'I'm not sure what you would be looking for in there so keep your eyes open. If you can find any writings or see any training that would be perfect. Oh, there is probably one [other thing] I should mention.'
You say, 'What other thing?'
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'You're not exactly the first person to go searching for answers. A friend of mine, Geeble Tripcrank, went in several days ago searching for these skinwalkers. I haven't heard back from him and I'm afraid he might be in trouble. If you could check in on him and see if he's okay I would really appreciate it.'
You have been assigned the task 'Spies Like Them'
If you are not high enough in level...
You say, 'I will venture into the hive.'
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'I don't know that you have the experience needed to survive an encounter with the skinwalkers. Go gain a bit more experience adventuring and return to me when you feel you are strong enough.
You say, 'I can gather some skins.'
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'I appreciate your offer to help, but I don't know that you would be able to wrest the skins away from the drachnids. Return to me once you have gained a bit more experience and we may be able to work something out.'
Both denials of help offers came at 62nd level. What level is the minimum?
The Hive - Search for Geeble Tripcrank
Geeble spawns at -325, +520, +27. This is in the tunnel that leads north from the east tower/obelisk to the first hive. Your compass will indicate the direction. Tell Geeble that Gimblecranz sent you.
The Hive - Slay any skinwalkers you find
There are skinwalkers up top at each of The Hive entrances. Kill them until until you see a message saying the task stage is completed. It may be random. When this occurs an Unreadable Book will appear on the cursor of a party member.
The Hive - Find your way into the training chambers of the skinwalkers
Take the group down and past Geeble, then up a ramp to the outside in the next room. Outside, there is a path to the instanced zone.
Coven of the Skinwalkers - Kill all of the skinwalkers in the training session
The zone is The Cocoons on Hard setting.
You have to kill 32 skinwalkers across multiple levels to complete this stage. You should be invisible on zone-in, since one patroller paths past the zone-in. The patroller will occasionally see invisible.
Your task 'Spies Like Them (Hard)' has been updated.
With the elimination of those skinwalkers the threat has been delayed, but as long as their abilities allow them to move undetected as other races it can never be eliminated. Return the book you found to Tisthal, perhaps he can decipher it and figure out a new way to detect the skinwalkers.
You gain experience!!
You have been given: Gemstone of The Faceless Emperor
Normal Reward (Average level less than 68)
Casters: Drachnid Collective Earring
Melee: Hive Sentinel Ring
Normal Reward (Average level 68+)
Casters: Hivegrime Stone of Musing
Melee: Hivegrime Stone of Stamina
Casters: Hive Silk Mantle
Melee: Viscous Grimcoat Ring
"a wooden chest" Loot
Cocoon Handler Gloves (Normal)
Crimson Stained Amice (Normal)
Crystal Web Mace (Hard)
Crystalline Webbing of Vitality (Hard)
Drachnid Sentry Shield (Hard)
Spun Drachnid Silk Pants (Hard)
On handing an Unreadable Book in to Tishal back in Corathus Creep:
Tisthal Gimblecranz says 'You've undoubtedly saved many people from the trouble those skinwalkers could have caused. With Geeble's return and the information you gathered I should be able to form a much better theory about the process of training a skinwalker -- hopefully enough to create some magic to see through their illusion, or possibly even render it ineffective!'
There is no experience or faction for completing this optional step.
All other information needed: what NPCs are encountered, task update messages, any faction involved, rewards, zones, /loc of quest mobs, etc.
|Submitted by: Siega of The Seventh Hammer|
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