DoD Level 69 Spell #1: The Lost Notebook  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:105
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Advancement
  • Loot
  • Spell
Time Limit:06:00:00
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Related Quests:
Era:Depths of Darkhollow
Group Size:Group
Min. # of Players:3
Max. # of Players:6
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Fri Sep 30 18:31:34 2005
Modified: Wed Nov 20 12:20:17 2013
This is the first task in a series of four (the end result being your 69th level spell/tome). It begins with Model XG CVIII and Brovil Pallivineg in Corathus Creep (southeastern part of the zone - location -750, +375).

Cicero's Torn Notebook drops off drachnids in Stoneroot Falls. The first page of the text says to return it to Cicero's assistant, named Model XG CVIII, who's in the southeast corner of Corathus Creep.

NOTE: You can bypass this and say "recover" to Brovil to request the task.

You say, 'Hail, Model XG CVIII'

Model XG CVIII doesn't respond to hails. Hand it the notebook.

Model XG CVIII says 'I-dent-if-ied, Cic-er-o's Note-book. Error. Con-tents missing. Sections one through nine un-accounted for. Current location of sections one through nine e-quals. . . unknown. Cicero's current location equals. . . unknown. Error. Initializing shut down. Click. Whirrr. Clunk.'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'You got Cicero's old clockwork talking again! How'd you do that? That [hunk of rust] hasn't moved or made a sound in over a hundred years.'

Target Brovil to continue the conversation.

You say, 'What hunk of rust?'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'That there is Cicero's clockwork assistant. He took it everywhere with him when he was researching around here. It hasn't worked since the day Cicero [disappeared].'

You say, 'Disappeared?'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'Unfortunately, last we saw of Cicero was over two hundred years ago. He ventured off over the waterfall to the south in pursuit of some spelunking sporali migration or some such nonsense. He never came back, although we did find Cicero's clockwork assistant with its cogs and springs tossed about near the lake of Korlach. It was mostly bound up in a thick web and hasn't really worked ever since. We believe Cicero was killed by the drachnids a long time ago, but we've been unable to organize a search party to verify anything. If you can [recover] Cicero's notebook pages, we would reward you as best we can. I'd hate to see Cicero's last great work disappear in this darkness.'

You say, 'I will recover the pages.'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'Many thanks ______. It will be most welcome to finally know more about poor Cicero's end. See if you can find any trace of Cicero's pages in the drachnid hive. Take any that you find and place them back in his notebook here. If you lose the notebook let me know and I'll see if I can come up with [another] copy for you.'

There are three versions of this task: Low-level (for those 67 and below), normal and hard. The only difference between them is the quality of loot and difficulty of mobs.

You have been assigned the task 'The Lost Notebook'.

You receive Cicero's Notebook, a 10-slot container. If you lose or destroy the container, you can say "another" to Brovil to receive another one. If you say it without the mission, he'll tell you:

Brovil Pallivineg says 'I'm sorry, I only have a limited supply of these copies of Cicero's notebook. I can only give them out to someone who is helping to recover the missing pages.'

Find the secret entrance to the Hive 0/1 (Stoneroot Falls)

In Stoneroot Falls, follow your compass to the instanced zone-in to the Hive.

Collect the 9 sections of Cicero's Notebook 0/9 (The Hive)

These sections will drop one by one from random mobs in the zone. Make sure to loot as they drop, or else you'll keep getting the same item drop over and over.

There are no respawns in this instance and the mobs do not summon (ie, they can be kited).

The task completes itself after you loot the ninth item. Optionally, you can combine them in the container received at the beginning of the task to produce Cicero's Reassembled Notebook, and deliver it to Brovil.

Everyone in the party receives a Spectacular Image Enchancing Prism + an automatic reward (listed below). As well, a chest spawns at the zone-in with one item in it:

Automatic Rewards
Normal (low level) - Melee: Hive Sentinel Collar
Normal (low level) - Caster: Drachnid Collective Mask
Normal - Caster: Hivegrime Stone of Thinking
Normal - Melee: Hivegrime Stone of Fury
Hard - Caster: Hive Silk Mask
Hard - Melee: Drachnid Skin Necklace

Low Level
Drachnid Cocoon Secretion
Hardened Chitin Helmet
Molted Drachnid Arms

Blood Rage Choker
Cocoon Skin Arms
Dark Web Mask
Damaged Expedition 328 Miner's Hat
Hive Warden's Choker
Wall Climber Ring
Web Weaver Chain Vest

Blood Defender
Crystalline Webbing of Musing
Crystalline Webbing of Wrath
Drachnid Soother
Hardened Chitin Breastplate

Random Zonewide Rare Drops
Hard - Drachnid Amice of Malice
Hard - Drachnid Leg
Normal - Drachnid Tendril Ring
Normal - Gory Belt

Completion of this task leads into the next task in the series, "Cavern Botany".

You can also come back and repeat this task at any time:

You say, 'Hail, Brovil Pallivineg'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'Greetings _____. Do you happen to have some time to help me out? I've been studying Cicero's notes you retrieved and have found quite a bit of information about the plants in the area. If possible, I would like to continue his work, though I don't wish to meet the same end he did. If you could [gather] some samples of these plants for me I would be very grateful for your assistance. If you'd like to [check] for Cicero's notebook again let me know.'
Submitted by: additional write-up by KyrosKrane
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getting quest
# Jun 27 2015 at 10:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Don't know if anyone still does this quest or not but we found out you have to have your faction at least to indifferent. We were apprehensive and could not get the quest but after we did the quests from Cartographer Slipgear for the aug we were able to request the notebook quest.
# Oct 16 2011 at 8:22 AM Rating: Decent
87 posts
All mobs in this mission are immune to pacify, but I was able to mez for splitting.
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Nov 25 2010 at 12:16 PM Rating: Decent
43 posts
As of 11/25/10, you CANNOT bypass turning in Cicero's Torn Notebook. There are no keywords to say to request the task without the turn in. Both Brovil Pallivineg and Model XG CVIII are unresponsive to anything other than the turn in of the torn notebook. Don't waste your time trying to start the task without book in hand.
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Feb 05 2012 at 5:40 PM Rating: Decent
442 posts
Worked fine for me on 2/4/12
Anadriel Starfire, 90/1865AA High Elf Mage
Jiriki Saonserei, 95/4000AA Wood Elf Ranger
Ssratha Destroyedtokyo, 80/760AA Iksar Monk

Member of AfterHours Raid Coalition

"That was like watching Bruce Lee break his hand trying to karate-chop a Twinkie." - QC
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Apr 01 2012 at 9:09 AM Rating: Decent
73 posts
If no one in your group had handed the torn book to Model XG CVIII yet, you will not able to get this quest.
Brovil wont respond even you say the keyword.
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Nov 20 2013 at 10:09 AM Rating: Decent
71 posts
I Tried last night (11-20-2013) and i had to go get the book to get the mission.
No one in group had done it yet.
Petts 105 Beastlord of Torvonnilous (now on Bertox)
Slapau 105 Monk of Torvonnilous (now on Bertox)
Cirena 105 Druid of Torvonnilous (now on Bertox)
Dohbee 93 Ranger of Bertox
Time Limit
# May 05 2010 at 4:55 PM Rating: Good
50 posts
Six hour time limit to complete.
Mercs are useable
# Oct 23 2009 at 7:15 PM Rating: Default
203 posts
Mercs can be used in this mission. I didn't know they could. 10/23/2009.

# Oct 09 2009 at 9:32 PM Rating: Decent
61 posts
NM. Remove post pls.

Edited, Oct 10th 2009 1:34am by dewraith
Have to get the book
# Aug 22 2009 at 6:04 PM Rating: Decent
10 posts
They changed it or somthing you have to get the book before you can get the quest.
fun mission.
# Oct 13 2008 at 9:57 PM Rating: Decent
204 posts
great for a bard + dps. get a necro or two in the group and pull the undead underneath and to the north of the first spire. i find largo's plus 5 dots is good until the necro gains aggro.. then i switch to my aura, aria, pyrotechnics and a mana song for the casters.
this works even better with only necros and druids so you can just root rot...
anyway, simple mission, just keep pulling the mobs until you get the drops. usually when i've pulled all the outside mobs in front of the 1st tower, the mobs upstairs and on the 1st lower floor of the spire, and half of the undead mobs, we have all 9 drops.
# Feb 17 2008 at 9:20 AM Rating: Decent
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Anyone done this recently? I'm on "The Lost Notebook" step and it seems bugged. I got Cicero's Torn Notebook, turned it in to the spider, and then got the instance from the gnome beside him. Friend and I cleared the entire zone twice then and we only ever saw pages 6, 7 or 8. There are hundreds of mobs in the zone... You also have to loot them all in one clearing or you can't complete it, so it seems a little odd to me that after two full clearings we only ever saw 3 various pages. What are we doing wrong? Is it bugged?
# Mar 04 2008 at 5:34 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
This zone does not re-pop so I am not sure how you are clearing the whole zone 2 times. As far as the drops I have had no problems with them at all
Not in Stoneroot
# Oct 19 2007 at 8:48 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
It says its in stoneroot, but you get the task in CC
Not in Stoneroot
# Dec 09 2007 at 4:26 AM Rating: Decent
you get the task in Corathus Creep. The mission itself takes place in Stoneroot.
slipgear gem
# Apr 09 2007 at 11:48 PM Rating: Decent
Will the instance verison of the hive for lost notebook allso work to update the slipgear gem quest?
? about looting pages-dropping and re-looting
# Mar 21 2007 at 1:48 AM Rating: Decent
176 posts
OK lets say I did a mission ang got 6 pages to drop.I didn't do towers.The pages I see can be dropped and picked up again.Can I get a new mission /go in drop the pages on the ground and reloot them leaving me with only 3 pages to get again to finish the mission?Just a thought.Or if you had an enchanter to charm a mob /give it pages/kill mob/reloot?
? about looting pages-dropping and re-looting
# Oct 19 2007 at 6:37 PM Rating: Decent
1,175 posts
From what I remember both these tricks did used to exist some time after the whole task system entered the game. I believe they nerfed every variant of the trick - dropping and picking up, giving to pet, charming and killing, and even getting the flag from looting the items from your own corpse.
dracnid leg
# Jan 03 2007 at 7:28 PM Rating: Decent
6 posts
the drachnid leg augment dropped in hard mission today

Sykek Bliss
75 Necromancer
Fennin Ro
Rizar Edgefist
PL spot?
# Dec 15 2006 at 5:07 PM Rating: Decent
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would a level 60 be able to group with a grp level 75s in a hard version of this? (reading comments below, i see a post mentioning a 10 lvl limit... and i remember seeing/hearing somewhere there is a minimum avg of 69?)

PL spot?
# Jan 14 2007 at 5:46 PM Rating: Decent
Forgot. 3rd version of mission is choosing easy when avg level is over 68. The cursor loot is a nice aug.
PL spot?
# Jan 14 2007 at 5:44 PM Rating: Decent
Yes, but you would need a 3rd person of the right level. There are two constraints on getting mission and there are actually 3 versions of the mission.

1) You need 3 people. For easy all in group must be within 10 levels of each other. For hard, the range is 15 levels.

2) For easy, the average level of the group must be 63 and for hard avg level must be 68.

So in the case of a 60 and a 75 you would need to do hard because it allows 15 levels and the third person would have to be 69 to bring the avg level to 68.

One last comment. If it's just two of you the third person can group for a minute to get the mission and then disband and evening log. As long as you don't remove him from task you've got a whole zone to yourself with nice mobs for PLing.
PL spot?
# Oct 19 2007 at 7:06 PM Rating: Decent
1,175 posts
Based on that math, your last chance to do the easy tasks are at level 71. At level 71: (71+61+61+61+61+61)/6 = lvl 62.6666. Whereas at level 72: (72+62+62+62+62+62)/6 = lvl 63.6666.

I've heard of people shrowding their levels down to get easy task, and then dropping the shrowds to run it. Never tried it myself though.
PL spot?
# Mar 21 2007 at 1:52 AM Rating: Decent
176 posts
tried thids with a 71 necro/62 cleric and a 56 shammy.Did not work!!!56+15=71 for the shammy.I couldn't get a mission.It wouldn't allow it.anyone know why?.Since there is a 15 level gap?and group average is 71+62+56=63.
PL spot?
# May 04 2007 at 3:35 PM Rating: Good
48 posts
It wouldn't allow it because the group average level wasn't 68.

min lvl
# Dec 11 2006 at 3:17 AM Rating: Decent
if my friends are mid 60's can I get in if im mid 50's?
minimum Lvl
# Dec 10 2006 at 1:35 AM Rating: Decent
Is there a minimum lvl required to do this mission I know there is now a 15 lvl gap since TSS came out but I want to group with some of my mid 60's friends.
minimum Lvl
# Dec 10 2006 at 6:22 AM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
You can do it, with mid 60s, but cannot choose the hard version. If the average level is below a certatin point (62ish, maybe?) you get an even lower level version of it, that drops attunable gear with about 130ish hp and mana, instead of the normal drops.

Note: The cursor loot is still no trade, its the chest drop that's attunable.

Edited, Dec 10th 2006 9:31am by xaanru
Xaanru's stuff
Hard Version
# Nov 04 2006 at 10:03 PM Rating: Decent
11 posts
Our Guild has done this mission many way's over the past 2 - 3 month's approx., depending on what classes we had available. Before I got my bard lvl'ed and geared well enough and all of us in much need of gear upgrades we used 2 lvl 70 Vah Shir bst which one was listed on average at 72 in the top 100 of his class. Lower stat bst pulled other tanked and if got an add enchanter kited. Another way is as some listed using kiting class to agro kite as rest of the grp send's in pet's dot's nuke's. Be sure and take taunt off pet's and if they are geared with procing weapon's on proc the mob's can eat the pet , suggest keeping cast pet spell loaded if you use this method. They are not pacifiable but can be mezzed if have a class with high enough spell. On pull suggest using annual magic or some type of strip. MOST are slowble about 50% at least, yet we have had to recast more than once to land slow , that has been our experience anyway. Some mob's have gated also. When using kiting method on zone in we coned the first 3 mob's if no see thru invis all invised up at line, one with root and or snare agro'ed them ran and zoned, repeated until had a single left. Then clear the field until we had enough kiting room. If one or more see thru invis. all must zone on pull or before as puller roots or snares one at or near zoneline. We have also gotten duplicate page's on several occassion's. If you clear all the field ,first floor of both hive's , top of the ridge first you may obtain all page's needed. The hole with the undead we found that the first mob as you approach it from zonein is linked to the spider. If you mezz the undead the spider does not agro you will get only the back 2 undead. We use my bard to pull/split now and has made it so much easier. Necro is also awesome at spliting them as well but we have lost the necro on pull/split more than we lose the bard.


Drachnid Amice Of Malice x3
Drachnid Leg x2
Hive Warden's Choker x2
Gory Belt x1

Multiple drop's of the same type item came from differant name's so I would say any spider can drop them at any time. However most gear drop's we obtained dropped from spider's we pulled from the below (2nd) floor and first 1 or 2 mob's from (3rd) floor.


Hardened Chitin BP x4
Blood Defender x8
Crystalline Webbing of Musing x4
Crystalline Webbing Of Wrath x2

Bard Horn which is only their class usuable , which I don't even use it most time's on mine has been the common drop for us as well which sony needs to revamp it's drop rate given that it is single class useable and Bard's are scarce by comparsion to most grp classs makeup's.

this quest is busted...
# Sep 25 2006 at 1:34 AM Rating: Decent
132 posts
I have been in two groups today in here, and both times the end loot was an unusable item, since there was no bard in the group... the gory belt dropped juring the first 1...

reactions are like a box of chocolates... you never know what you are going to get. If you can't handle that, don't open the box!!
gory belt still drops
# Sep 18 2006 at 7:04 PM Rating: Decent
42 posts
got a gory belt today, last day before drakkn release
Iridescent Moonflower
75 Mage of Lesser Evil
Not quite totally gimp

Kronicx, Oengus, Wiggins, Kapn, Skaitch
Kite it for easy XP
# Sep 15 2006 at 2:00 PM Rating: Decent
324 posts
We had a kite group of 4 last night, doing hard version.. 68 Mage, 70 Mage, 70 Necro, 70? Beastie. Easiest xp in ages for me (the 68 Mage). No idea how hard they hit, cause they were chasing the necro and our pets were chewing their tails as we nuked away.

Mystyre Malkaw`Esh
Guild of Avalon
Just Did This
# Sep 02 2006 at 5:22 PM Rating: Decent
Only 1 person needs the initial book to start the mission. I boxed this with 5 of my toons, all 66-70. Shaman, Paladin, Cleric, Enchanter, Bard. Used bard to pull/fade(split) with snare, they would resist about 10% of the time. Bard is 70. I never tried to mez any or high sun any back so no idea on that.

Mobs are fast runners, I would pull with Dispell with Pally but didnt ever seem to make a difference on their DPS etc.

No mobs gated, all mobs ran, no mobs summoned me, didnt even try root so not sure on that, 66 shammy , 68 enchanter tash/slow resisted like maybe 5-6 times the entire time in.

Stayed up top cleared them all + most of the ones in both the towers to get all 9. Took me 4 hours but i wasn't even at the machine for over an hour with my little one etc and other RL stuff, so over all i think it is pretty easy.

Got 2 a couple of times and was no problem once slowed. Bard puller but no dps, only did pulling + snare.

Shaman main Q(OT) healing, Pally tank, chanter + shaman pets + ench nuking was DPS, cleric used for CH during fights when needed and a few nukes.

Unfortunately I got the darn Bard item at the end which i dont need bleh :-(, wish you could pick the darn item, oh well it IS really nice, no complaints, I just dont need it atm.


P.S. Dont forget to have a empty spot for the container he gives you, I didnt at first LOL and got lucky one of my bags didnt have any no drop crap in it.

Edited, Sep 2nd 2006 at 6:29pm EDT by mgern
Page ?
# Jul 25 2006 at 5:20 PM Rating: Decent
19 posts
do i have to have the page to get this mission ? please
Page ?
# Jul 26 2006 at 3:57 AM Rating: Decent
You need to have Cicero's Torn Notebook off of a drachnid in Stoneroot Falls, or one person in the group that have sucessfully done the mission before.
85 Ogre Warrior
Cazic Thule Server
Random drops in 69.1?
# Jul 19 2006 at 4:08 PM Rating: Decent
I have done like 12 x 69.1 hard and i have yet to see random drops like the Gory Belt. Can anyone confirm that these still drop? Also, have anyone seen chestloot other than the Drachnid Soother on hard?

Thanks in advance.
85 Ogre Warrior
Cazic Thule Server
Random drops in 69.1?
# Sep 29 2006 at 11:08 AM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Gory Bely dropped twice in one hard mission this past weekend, only 2 of us wanted/needed so was a nice upgrade...however, the 70.1 hard caster belt reward is a little nicer, so my Gory Belt excitement was short lived.

72 Wizard
Tunare (E'ci)
Random drops in 69.1?
# Sep 02 2006 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
HAve gotten hardened chitin breastplate, and blood defender on hard. Plus tons of the worthless drachni soothers.
Xaanru's stuff
Random drops in 69.1?
# Sep 02 2006 at 8:06 AM Rating: Decent
8 posts
Confirmed....Gory Belt dropped just a few days random mob.
Rhian Plizken of Solusek Ro
Wizard of the 67th Season
Random drops in 69.1?
# Jul 19 2006 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
402 posts
We got the belt like a few months ago for a necromancer. Can confirm other drops in hard but can't remember them off-hand what we got.
Lockout Timer?
# Jul 12 2006 at 10:42 AM Rating: Decent
111 posts
Any truth to rumor that there is a 24 hour lockout on this now?
Lockout Timer?
# Jul 17 2006 at 9:00 AM Rating: Decent
Cant be, i did 2 yesterday, and one today so far, got the mission with the same chars.
85 Ogre Warrior
Cazic Thule Server
mob hits?
# Jul 10 2006 at 9:00 PM Rating: Decent
39 posts
Here's an idea :) How about posting how hard mobs hit in each version (normal/hard). Would like to know if my group can do this or not. Nobody seems to post this info anymore :p

Kite it!
# Sep 15 2006 at 1:58 PM Rating: Decent
324 posts
We had a kite group of 4 last night, doing hard.. 68 Mage, 70 Mage, 70 Necro, 70? BL. Easiest xp in ages for me (the 68 Mage). No idea how hard they hit, cause they were chasing the necro and our pets were chewing their tails as we nuked away.

Mystyre Malkaw`Esh
Guild of Avalon
Kite it!
# Sep 15 2006 at 1:55 PM Rating: Decent
324 posts
We had a kite group of 4 last night, doing hard.. 68 Mage, 70 Mage, 70 Necro, 70? BL. Easiest xp in ages for me (the 68 Mage). No idea how hard they hit, cause they were chasing the necro and our pets were chewing their tails as we nuked away.

Mystyre Malkaw`Esh
Guild of Avalon
mob hits?
# Jul 17 2006 at 1:33 AM Rating: Decent
Have done 69.1 on hard many times now soloing with my necro. They have hit me between 1100 and 1200 at the most. On normal i think it was between 900 and 1k.
85 Ogre Warrior
Cazic Thule Server
Aug Drop
# Jul 05 2006 at 6:28 AM Rating: Decent
30 posts
Dropped an aug for me tonight/today. Have not seen it listed yet, here, or in the Alla database.

Drachnid Cocoon Secretion

This Augmentation fits in slot types: 7
STR: +6 DEX: +6 STA: +6 CHA: +6 WIS: +6 INT: +6 AGI: +6

Recommended level of 65. Required level of 58.
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

Item Information:
You may use the solvent Class X Augmentation Distiller to remove this augment safely.

Dropped in spawned chest at the end of the mission. Group make up was a 62, a 65, a 68, and three 70's for an average level of 67.5 and the mission on the normal setting.
Zohrab Riddicus -- 85 Monk on Povar
Bimbol Bumfuzzle -- 85 Shaman on Povar
Aug Drop
# Jul 05 2006 at 10:24 AM Rating: Excellent
6,998 posts
Added, thanks.
Gemstone of Emporer Sandvarrow
# Jun 08 2006 at 12:25 PM Rating: Excellent
This gemstone drops during the hard mission about 1-2 gems every mission from random mobs in the zone.
Its for the Vestiges of the Empire quest
for the Korgoron range slot item

Edited, Thu Jun 8 12:17:35 2006
82nd Human Bard
Shattered Destinies / Seventh Hammer
Whats the minimal lelel to do this?
# Jun 03 2006 at 5:44 AM Rating: Decent
176 posts
Can I box a level 70 with a 56 and a Level 1 trader mule to get access???????And kite it solo?
Whats the minimal lelel to do this?
# Aug 13 2006 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
Answer: No and No. First there is a 10 level limit, second the mission requires 3 members minimum. Get your mule to 60 and add a 3rd person and u got a kiting dice...
Tobbon Hobblepot 73 Druid
Wickbus Waterdeep 83 Necromancer
Melfisto Nosce 73 Magician
Sendi Ngarez 78 Cleric
Zhalaak Rezmeback 73 Shadowknight
RE: Whats the minimal lelel to do this?
# Jun 19 2006 at 2:42 PM Rating: Decent
38 posts
Actually you only have a 10 level difference like other missions (save MMs) for the hard the average lvl must be 68. I dont know the min level to get this mission, but I'm soloing it at 67, and have been playing in there since 66.
Sage Yulser Venomore
Mage and Necro Supreme
RE: Whats the minimal lelel to do this?
# Jun 14 2006 at 11:13 PM Rating: Decent
33 posts
no, I'm pretty sure you need an average level of at least 69 in the group to get the mission.
# May 24 2006 at 2:11 PM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Find the secret entrance to the hive 0/1 Stoneroot Falls
Search the Hive for the missing pages of Cicero's Notebook 0/9 The Hive
(Opt) Bind the pages back into the notebook 0/1 ALL

(Might be one more objective of turning it in, I didn't do the Opt)

The missing pages were likely with Cicero when he was taken by the drachnids. Check around and see if you can find any of them.

You gain experience!

The gnomes will be ecstatic to see this remembrance of Cicero found again. Reassemble the notebook and return it to Brovil, he may have some additional work for you.
You gain experience!

a drachnid champion
a drachnid inquisitor
a drachnid isangoma
a drachnid soulstealer
a drachnid cursewielder
a drachnid lookout
a drachnid infiltrator
a drachnid spellweaver

Might be more mobs, hard to say, I don't have track.

Faction hits off mobs are:
- Scions of Dreadspire
+ Shiliskin Empire
+ Free Traders of Malgrinnor

Mobs were all snareable, rootable, and did not summon. You basically wander around the zone killing them at your leisure and they randomly drop pieces of the notebook. If you loot one, it won't drop again (make sure your looter keeps up!). Looting the last one spawns the chest and ends the task.

In hard, everything conned red to 70 except for the lookout, which was db.

Edited, Wed May 24 15:15:59 2006
look at me whoring my character!
RE: Info
# May 24 2006 at 11:11 PM Rating: Decent
21 posts
I just want to make one little correction to freakhole's post. I have completed 6 various 69.1 mission's easy/hard and with my experience 4 out of the 6 missions we didn't receive a duplicate book, however on 2 of the missions we did receive 1 duplicate book. Of those 6 missions we only received 1 rare zone drop which was the Gory Belt, think that dropped on a hard version with a 68/69 group avg.

On a side note 5 of the 6 missions required us to kill all top side mobs and 2-3 levels down in one of the hives to receive all 9 books. There was one time where we had collected all 9 books from all top side mobs and a few mobs in the ground level of 1 hive. I believe all mob types can drop the books, we got one off of the zombies in the pit guarded by the drachnids. I don't recall the names of the mobs freakhole didn't come across but there are undead zombie like mobs and werewolf models that I have seen morph to spiders shortly before death. I have also seen DODH orc models too.

If you are going to /taskadd someone to receive the cursor loot, /taskadd them before you loot the 9th book. The people added can be in any zone and still receive the loot/credit. Also the group average is determined at the time you request the mission, so you can add a lvl 1 toon to the group and still receive the highest group reward.
RE: Info
# Jun 08 2006 at 8:11 AM Rating: Decent
16 posts
This isn't correct about adding people. If you drop the group level down too far, it will not let you add them. It will say that you can't add them because it will drop the group average below .... Just like most other missions.
69 lvl spell?
# May 18 2006 at 5:25 PM Rating: Decent
127 posts
Just completed this task, got rewards and chest. Wondering tho, the title of the thread suggests this gets a 69lvl spell, am I missing how?
Aatempco Skyewalker
RE: 69 lvl spell?
# May 18 2006 at 6:36 PM Rating: Good
6,998 posts
You have to comnplete the entire arc (of which this is the first part) to receive your spell.
RE: 69 lvl spell?
# May 23 2006 at 8:14 AM Rating: Decent
127 posts
Ah TY for the 411
Aatempco Skyewalker
# May 11 2006 at 6:49 PM Rating: Decent
20 posts
I didnt read posts just saw somone ask at top how to split. I use my Wizard or druid to split it up. Just AE snare the 3 might have to root or resnare due to resists on Hard mode. never have a prob in normal. let 1 of the snared get around corner , resnare it to refresh timer, Do not re-snare the others. zone out when 1 that was re-snared makes it around corner. Zone back in and wait for the snare to wear off the other 2 they will walk back. BAM Root rot or kite it around till dead. rinse and repeat till your hearts content. I usually just root adds and keep them near field kill em off 1 by 1, btw I trio this with 70dru/70wiz/70bst Best spot you can find to kite for xp. Roughly get 5-6 AA a night per char.

Edited, Thu May 11 18:43:41 2006
# Mar 27 2006 at 7:20 AM Rating: Decent
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I have done the hard mission twice and normal once so far. I would like to know how other pull the first 3 mobs with out pulling all three.
# Jul 24 2006 at 8:20 PM Rating: Decent
1) Necromancer or SK can snare one... the other 2 come running up.
2) run back up a ways... but not out of sight of the spawn point and FD.
3) wait for the 2 unsnared to path back and fully return to their spawn point.
4) anyone can tag the snared one at this point, as it's been still since the fd.
or, the FDer can stand up for agro.

sometimes when the FDer stands up for re-agro, the mob will run back towards its spawn point,
so the FDer often needs to run back to the mob to get the mob to follow instead of get his friends.
RE: Pulling
# Mar 28 2006 at 2:57 AM Rating: Decent
66 posts
My wife and i have boxed this mission 3 times, 2 normal and 1 hard. Group: 70 War 13k, 2100AC, 400+AA, 70 Shaman, 70 Mage (Played by me), 70 Cleric, 70 Enchanter, 70 Druid. (Played by wife)All casters 7k mana+.

First time we did this, we struggled with the same 3 mobs. Mainly because we box a full group and its hard to do things fast and smooth sometimes. What was messy and difficult: Pulled with warrior, got all 3, druid snared one while warrior pulled to zi. Druid ran ahead and rooted the third mob, while warrior started to beat his "Pull mob". Enchanter mezzed the rooted one, while cleric started healing warrior, shaman slowed and crippled the "active mob". The snared mob was now in camp too and it was mezzed. Then shaman slowed all and enchanter kept them sleeping till first one was dead.

It worked, but was stressful and one resist on snare or mezz could mean deaths/wipe.

What worked better, and specially if you dont have a fd puller, enchanter or bard, is this:

Use petpull. We have a mage so we used him. In normal i made the 51 earthpet, buffed it with shaman buffs, enchanter rune and indoor sow. This pet is green to the mobs. Just target one of the three mobs, hit pet attack and what i did was if the pet didnt cast root, i called him back and then attack again till he casted root, then only one mob comes. Then druid snared on inc and i tagged the mob off druid on inc to camp, repeat. Pulled inside the obelisks and was easy singlepulls with a little patience/caution. I used to mage eye to scout for see invis mobs inside the obelisks first.

On the hard mission, i used the 57 earthpet, cause the mobs were all red to lvl 70 then. Just make sure you get the mob away from other mobs, then no more will aggro even if your pet dies which happened a few times. Made even the hard mission kinda easy, though we were not lucky with the very last book and spent 2,5 hours killing everything to get that one, and had only 30 minutes left :)

If you group with a bard you can have him/her use snare/fade/tag to get singles.

We have not yet seen any random armor drops from any of the 3 mission we have done here, bad luck or are they insanely rare?

Good Luck.

Edited, Tue Mar 28 01:57:27 2006
85 Ogre Warrior
Cazic Thule Server
leg drop
# Mar 18 2006 at 9:08 PM Rating: Decent
12 posts
Also Bazu Steel and Discordant Steel drop
# Mar 10 2006 at 4:32 PM Rating: Decent
85 posts
In addition to the Hollowed Victim Bone I linked below as a chest loot on normal.

Hard Version drops Bazu Steel as random drops
Normal Version drops Discordant Steel as random drops.

Another Brass Instrument from Normal Mission
# Mar 08 2006 at 4:05 PM Rating: Decent
85 posts
The Brass instrument below was the chest loot in normal difficulty mission, with average level below 69 (a 70, 68 and a 67th level).

Since it is attunable did not rot.

Vivamort 70 Necromancer of Faveo Sulum Ipsemet Ascio on Emarr
Getting the mission
# Feb 19 2006 at 1:09 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
To get this mission,

do I have to finish the 68 missions?

Do I have to get the book off the spider


can I just walk up to the guy, start the script and get the mission if I have a group?

RE: Getting the mission
# Feb 20 2006 at 1:35 PM Rating: Decent
29 posts
Done this one on easy and hard. (Hard is not very hard, by the way.) 70 War 12k hp and 2100 ac BUFFED, 7k mana 70 druid, 6k mana 70 cleric, 7k mana 70 enchanter, 5.5k mana 69wizard. Used wizard snare/evac to pull. Slow but trivial on both settings. Use Eye to scout for see invis mobs inside the obelisks once you run out of mobs in the field.

You do not need to do any of the 68 missions to start this one. We had done only 68.1 before doing this one.

You do need the notebook or someone in your group who has already done 69.1. We went without the notebook with a group where no one had done 69.1 before and tried all the dialogues and hails with Brovil listed above with no response at all. Then we went to Stoneroot, killed about 6 drachnids, got a notebook, went back, and got the quest.

After we had finished 69.1 (normal) we went back to Brovil and he offered us both 69.2 and 69.1 as options again. He also responded to all party members who had finished 69.1 the same way, regardless of whether or not they had a notebook or had originally been the task leader.

Additional dropped loot
# Feb 09 2006 at 7:15 AM Rating: Decent
16 posts
Got this today for the second time while doing this mission:

Drachnid Leg

Augmentation type: 7 8
HP: +60
Recommended level of 66. Required level of 61.
WT: 0.0 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

Item Information:
You must use the solvent Class XV Augmentation Distiller to remove this augment safely.

Edited, Thu Feb 9 06:15:17 2006
Gory Belt
# Jan 30 2006 at 2:45 AM Rating: Default
The Gory Belt dropped today from a drachnid on normal difficulty, so it's not just hard if you're looking for it.
If a druid tanks in a forest, and nobody is around to see it, is he uber?
Earthkeeper Brudish FrozenThorn
Easy Version - 63 to 67.9999 average
# Jan 04 2006 at 4:18 PM Rating: Decent
It seems there's an 'easy' version of this mission. We tried with an average group level below 68 but 63 or more and he offered us what looked to be the normal mission only. However, upon completion the rewards we got were:

Casters: Drachnid Collective Mask

Melee: Hive Sentinel Collar

Chest loot was: Molted Drachnid Arms

Edit: Another chest loot: Web Weaver Chain Vest

Yet another chest loot: Hardened Chiten Helmet
Not on Lucy yet so here's stats:
Slot: HEAD
AC: 34
STR: 15 STA: 10 WIS: 10 INT: 10 AGI: 7
HP: 135 MANA: 125 ENDURANCE: 125
Rec. Level: 68 Req. Level: 58
Wt: 6.0 Size: MEDIUM
Race: ALL
Slot 1: Type 7

Lotto Drop: Drachnid Tendril Ring


Edited, Mon Jan 9 15:28:39 2006
Welcome to my parlor...
Another normal mission drop
# Dec 31 2005 at 4:52 PM Rating: Decent
17 posts
We got this from the cheston normal mission 12/30/05 -

Molted Drachnid Arms
Magic Lore Attuneable
Slot: Arms
STR: +12 STA: +8 WIS: +10 AGI: +10 HP/MANA/END: +130
Reccomended level of 67, Required 58.
WT: 0.7 Size: Medium
Slot1, Type 7

Second time through on normal got aforementioned miner's hat.

Took about 3 hours first time, 3 1/2 second time. No unusual drops from mobs which were roughly 67-72. Did with 70 Mnk, Rng, Enc, 69 Dru, 68 Clr, 65 Nec. Kited all mobs, FD splitting. Mobs could not be placated, but could be snared, mezzed, partially slowed, rooted, and did not summon. Casters range greatly with some CH mobs. Got 2+ AA's a few deaths at first. We are basically MM/BAZ equipped.

Good hunting!
Loot 69.1 hard
# Dec 29 2005 at 11:06 PM Rating: Decent
Doing the hard 69.1. Dropped as trash loot from a Drachnid Champion.

Hive Warden's Choker
Slot: NECK
AC: 13 (14)
DEX: 11 (+12) STA: 13 (+14) CHA: 9 (+10) WIS: +8
INT: +8 HP: 170 (+180) MANA: 160 (+170) ENDUR: 160 (+170)
SV FIRE: 14 (+15) SV COLD: 10 (+11) SV MAGIC: 14 (+15)
Regeneration: +3
Recommended level of 70.
Required level of 61.
Effect: Ferocity I (Worn)
WT: 0.9 Size: SMALL
Race: ALL
Slot 1, type 7: empty
-Immortal Sunrise-
Antonius Bayle
RE: Loot 69.1 hard
# Feb 04 2006 at 1:36 AM Rating: Decent
22 posts
Alos dropped from Infiltrator on 69.1 Normal
Witheran Prowler Mask!
# Dec 26 2005 at 2:32 PM Rating: Decent
11 posts
Iv heard rumors of]
dropping in this instance. can anyone confirm this or hear the same?

Edited, Mon Dec 26 13:35:32 2005
lvl restricted?
# Dec 24 2005 at 1:50 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
does everybody in your group need to be lvl 70 or can a group of 60's do this mission?
Gory Belt
# Dec 17 2005 at 4:48 PM Rating: Decent
49 posts
Dropped for me from trash shillskin mob on normal.
Normal Drop
# Dec 17 2005 at 10:18 AM Rating: Decent
4 posts
This mission is kiteable on normal or hard as nothing summons and there is plenty of room to kite. You do need some kind of cc for a few of the pulls but even rooting works if you lack a fd puller or a ench or bard. I've also tanked it on normal with a level 70 11khp 2k ac Paladin. We had a 67 druid healing so you could easily do it with a lessor equiped tank. We also had the Barbed Chitin Hand wraps as a random zone drop on normal.

Edited, Sat Dec 17 10:27:47 2005
Another trash drop
# Dec 12 2005 at 12:50 PM Rating: Decent
Dropped off a Drachnid infilltrator on normal
Another Chest loot.
# Dec 10 2005 at 6:34 PM Rating: Decent
Dropped in chest on hard version.
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